The CCC is a 101km race that begins in Courmayeur, Italy, travels through Champex-Lac, Switzerland, and finishes in Chamonix, France. It’s one of the most competitive mountain ultramarathons in the world and boasts a healthy 6100 meters of elevation gain and equal descent. The race is is part of the week-long Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc running festival held each August in Chamonix.
It’s been a while since my last update. I’ll admit the motivation to post has dwindled as I haven’t been operating at 100% running capacity. Anyways, I’m feeling better now so here’s what I’ve been up to the last few months.
The Squamish 50 mile is a tough race. There’s no denying that. The course is an unrelenting network of twisty-technical mountain bike trails which constantly demand your attention but reward with beautiful forests and peek-a-boo views of the mountains surrounding Squamish, BC. Although the race has 3350 meters of elevation gain, the course is largely “runnable” (if you happen to be Nick Elson), which makes for some very interesting why the hell am I running this? debates in the later stages of the race.
The Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run has 27 years of history in the North Shore mountains. The race covers 48km from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove along the Baden Powell trail with 2400+ meters (8000 feet) of elevation gain and equal descent. The race is unique not only in its technically demanding nature but also the spirit of the community that surrounds it. Continue reading
The week leading up to Sun Mountain started with debilitating low back pain. I spent Monday and most of Tuesday trying to find a position at work that kept the stabbing pain at bay. From time to time I throw out my low back… this one was poorly timed. Continue reading