Guest Runners

Run the Alps is fortunate to be tapped into a world of adventurous trail runners with a wide range of experiences, knowledge and insights. Some are elite runners, others have deep experience in differing facets of the trail running world, including story-telling and adventuring. All of them have taken to heart Run the Alps’ inclusive, supportive philosophy.

Our guest runner program enables us to share a little bit of their world with you.

Here’s who’s coming this year:

2022 Guest Trail Runners

Luke Nelson

Trip: Tahoe Wilderness Medicine in the Alps, July 30 – August 5, 2022.

Luke Nelson is a Physician Assistant based in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition, he is a partner in the orthopedic practice, Idaho Sports and Spine. Passionate about wilderness medicine, Luke ties mountains and medicine together as a ski patroller and as a candidate Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He also owns and operates Alpine Endurance Medicine, where he teaches wilderness medicine to his community of mountain loving friends.

Luke has been drawn to mountains his entire life. Over the years, he has found many different ways to enjoy wild places.  Trail running is the method that he now finds the most appealing as a way to experience the world and to challenge his body.

Luke has run and raced through mountain ranges on nearly every continent, including Nepal’s Khumbu region and Patagonia. He’s raced Italy’s epic Tor des Geants and the ridiculously rugged Barkley Marathons.

With his partner, Tanae, he has three kids: Brynlee, Chloe, and Anders.

Luke is supported in his work as a professional athlete by Patagonia, LaSportiva, Gu Energy, Zeal Optics, Petzl, and Sidas. You can read more about Luke on his web site, Challenge of Balance.




2021 Guest Trail Runners

Mimmi Kotka

Run the Alps is excited to have Mimmi Kotka, one of the world’s top trail runners, joining us for a special trip this September.

For those of you who don’t know Mimmi, she’s low-key, smart, empathetic, and a lot of fun. Mimmi, her husband Toni and canine sidekick Enzo have lived part-time in the Chamonix valley for a number of years now. Sponsored by La Sportiva, she also happens to be one of the world’s strongest ultrarunners. (Though she’ll never mention it, we will.) Mimmi has won or been on the podium at a number of major trail races around the world. That list includes first place at the 101 km CCC and 121 km TDS races in Chamonix, France. She is a member of the Swedish National Ultrarunning Team.

Mimmi isn’t just a trail runner, either. She also has an advanced degree in Nutrition, and is a partner in Moonvalley. She has a fun sense of humor, and always has interesting insights to share on trail running.

Along the way, Mimmi will share her tips from years of trail running in the Alps. Each night at dinner in Chamonix, we’ll be joined by special guests. Likely guests include Black Diamond Skyrunner Hillary Gerardi, Salomon trail running shoe product manager Mike Ambrose, and The North Face athlete Meg MacKenzie.

Joining Mimmi will be her husband Toni, who will run with us as our official photographer and videographer. And — of course — Enzo will be along to keep us company, too.

2019 Guest Trail Runners

Krissy Moehl

Trip: UTMB® Experience with Krissy Moehl and Jeff Browning, August 27 – September 3. Run the Alps is delighted to have US ultrarunner Krissy Moehl co-hosting our Chamonix, France-based UTMB® Experience trip this summer. Krissy is one of America’s best-known trail runners, having competed in more than 100 ultras over her career. A Patagonia ambassador, she has been on a wide range of adventures around the world, from the Alps to Chile. In 2015 she became youngest woman to complete the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. Krissy has won the UTMB® twice, as well as winning China’s Gaoligong by UTMB® race last year. Krissy has appeared in a number of trail running films, hosted a TEDx Talk, and recently authored Running Your First UItra. She is a regular contributor to Trail Sisters. Alongside Jeff Browning on the UTMB® Experience trip, Krissy will share her deep knowledge of trail running and the UTMB®, including stories and advice about racing in the Alps, training tips, nutrition, and injury prevention. We’ll get to know the legendary trails around around Mont Blanc and improve our technical skills with her supportive guidance. We hope you can join us!

Jeff Browning

Trip: UTMB® Experience with Krissy Moehl and Jeff Browning, August 27 – September 3. US ultra runner Jeff Browning will be co-hosting our UTMB® Experience trip in Chamonix, France this summer with Krissy Moehl. Jeff is a 19-year veteran of ultra marathons and running in wild places. He has finished well over 120 ultras, with 27 career wins. Last year, he won three of the five 100-milers he entered, including Colorado’s prestigious Hardrock 100-miler, and this year he also won New Zealand’s Tarawera 100-miler. Having raced all over the world, including the UTMB®, Jeff has his race strategy dialed. He lives in Logan, Utah with his wife and 3 kids. He is passionate about healthy, effective nutrition, functional strength, mobility, and finding the absolute best gear for the job. Jeff shares his experiences as an endurance coach and will have a wealth of advice to offer on the UTMB® Experience trip. Jeff is also a Patagonia Trail Ambassador, as well as a member of the Altra Elite Team.

Milo Zanecchia

Trip: Italian Dolomites, June 16 – 23. Milo Zanecchia is a Swiss-American adventure filmmaker and photographer. You can often find him trail running in the Alps carrying heavy video equipment and with a drone strapped to his back. As a teenager, Milo lost 80% of the vision in his right eye when his retina detached due to a sports injury. Forced to ditch contact sports, he turned to mountain sports of all kinds and parlayed that love into a career. Based in Lugano, Switzerland, you can find Milo’s work in Trail Runner and Adventure Journal, Outside, and for brands like The North Face, Salomon, Teton Gravity Research, as well as Swiss Tourism, and many other places. Milo has driven from Switzerland to Mongolia by car, lived in a mud hut in Malawi for months, slept in the deserts of Oman, and bivy-camped on cold peaks in the Alps. He lives for the outdoors and is excited to share an adventure with you.

2018 Guest Trail Runners

Brendan Leonard

Trip: Guided Haute Route, September 3 – September 13, 2018 Brendan Leonard is an adventure writer, award-winning filmmaker, speaker, and creator of Alcohol landed him in rehab at age 23, but since then he’s gone on to get a Master’s Degree, live out of a van for three years, spend cumulative weeks below the rim of the Grand Canyon, climb the Grand Teton in a day, and bike across America. Brendan recently completed the Run Rabbit Run 100-mile race. His writing has appeared in Alpinist, CNN, Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Adventure Cyclist and dozens of other publications. His most recent book is Sixty Meters to Anywhere.

Brody Leven

Trip: Guided Haute Route, September 3 – September 13, 2018

Brody Leven is… himself. The fact is, it’s hard to describe his place in the outdoors world, because he’s not easily pinned down. Which seems to be exactly where he likes to be. (Just check out his bio.) There are a few facts we know about him, however. He’s a pro skier, and spends his time scheming and then pulling off great adventures that have him skiing, climbing, trail running and mountain biking around the world, from Uganda to Montana. He is deeply committed to environmental stewardship – and that’s not just talk. He crafts his own path, and goes and does it. In that sense, he’s a role model for all of us, whatever our age. Here’s something you don’t know about him: He ran his own mobile DJ business. (Will we be dancing at Cabane Dix?) We’re psyched to spend time with Brody trail running through the Alps and just plain hanging out, laughing, figuring out life, soaking in the Alps scene… and daydreaming about what’s next.

Julia Bleasdale

Trip: The Wild Engadine, July 3- July 9, 2018. British-German trail runner Julia Bleasdale, 36, lives in Pontresina, Switzerland, in the Alps’ Engadine region. Mountains have almost always been a part of Julia’s life. Her parents met on a peak in Austria’s Stubai Alps. Childhood summers were spent amid mountains and lakes. Julia has raced around the world for both the UK and Germany, most notably at the 2012 London Olympics. She now calls the Engadine her home, and is actively developing a lively trail running scene there. Today, though, she prefers to run solo and with friends and guests through the mountains and pastures of the wild Engadine. We’re delighted to have Julia joining us for a day of running when we’re in Pontresina.

Krissy Moehl

Trip: The Wild Engadine, July 3-9, 2018. Run the Alps is delighted to have US ultrarunner Krissy Moehl as a guest runner on our Wild Engadine trail running trip, presented by Julbo. Krissy Moehl is one of US’ best-known trail runners, having competed in more than 100 ultras. Her career spans nearly two decades, and has included a wide range of adventures around the world, from the Alps to Chile. In 2015, she became youngest woman to complete the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. She has won Europe’s prestigious UTMB twice. Krissy has appeared in a number of trail running films, hosted a TEDx Talk, recently authored Running Your First UItra, and is one of the early contributors to Trail Sisters. Krissy will be joining us for our trail running adventure in the wild Swiss Engadine. She’ll share her insights into trail running, including training tips, nutrition, injury prevention, and racing advice. We’ll improve our technical skills with her supportive guidance, as we run through some of the most beautiful territory the Alps have to offer. We hope you can join us!

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