Monthly Archives: August 2016

TDS: Running through the Mountains to Chamonix

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“I watched the sky a long time, concluding that such beauty was reserved for distant, dangerous places, and that nature has good reason for exacting her own special sacrifices from those determined to witness them.”—Admiral Richard Byrd, Alone. The sound is unmistakable. Someone… something…. is breathing. And whatever it is, is very close to me.   Continue Reading →

At 75, Sierre-Zinal’s Jean-Claude Pont is Still Running Strong

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On the eve of the 43rd annual race, Run the Alps’ Doug Mayer visited with Sierre-Zinal founder and Race Director for 40 years, Jean-Claude Pont. At age 75, he’ll be toeing the start line tomorrow morning at 5:00 am. “Last year, I had a little accident and fell, but finished around 6:40. This year, I’m   Continue Reading →

Up—Way Up—in the Dark: Courmayeur’s Mont Blanc K1000 Vertical

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“We will do it in the Spanish way!” I have no idea what he means, but the race director at the first edition of the Courmayeur Mont Blanc Vertical Kilometer (K1000) is smiling and exuberant, as he explains the course during the race briefing. Only five minutes of the 30-minute gathering is in English, the   Continue Reading →

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