The Catalonian superstar lands stateside to race UROC and promote his book, Run or Die
This weekend, Salomon international athlete star Kilian Jornet will line up with dozens of other all-star trail-running athlete to race the World Sky Running Championships, UROC, in Vail, Colo. But, before that, he’ll be speaking in Boulder, answering questions with Competitor Editor-in-Chief, Brian Metzler and signing copies of his book, Run or Die. The event, which is selling limited tickets (they are $5 at Boulder Running Co.), will also be filmed and posted on Competitor’s website shortly following the event.
Over the past several years, Jornet has received an increasing amount of international recognition across all sports genres for his superhuman accomplishments that transcend the sport of trail running. And now, his book has reached international best-seller success. It was recently printed in English for the first time.
In an ESPN article, Meltzer talks about just this. Here in this short snippet, he writes:
But Jornet, now 25, is alone at the top of the world. Aside from being the best trail runner in the world, he's also at the leading edge of the emerging discipline of speed mountaineering, which uses a combination of trail running, rock climbing and scrambling techniques to pursue record-setting times up and down high mountain peaks.
This summer he set new records for going up and down the famed 15,781-foot Mt. Blanc in Chamonix, France, (about 25,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in 4 hours, 57 minutes) and the iconic 14,692-foot Matterhorn (roughly 16,200 feet of ascending and descending in 2 hours, 52 minutes) on the border of Switzerland and Italy.
By breaking the long-standing records on those peaks and winning as many races as he has, Italian journalist Giulio Caresio said Jornet is "in all likelihood the strongest and most versatile endurance athlete of his generation."
Read the rest of Meltzer’s article, here: http://espn.go.com/sports/endurance/story/_/id/9720779/endurance-sports-crossover-trail-runner-kilian-jornet-setting-records-everywhere.