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:

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 Semi-Rad.com. 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: Zermatt and the Wild Engadine, July 2 – July 8

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.