After more than a week of waiting, Salomon and Kilian Jornet have announced that Phantasm24 — Jornet’s 24-hour world record attempt — will kick off this Friday, November 27 at 10:30 a.m. CET (4:30 a.m. EST). That’s quite early for those of us here in North America, but the good news is Jornet will be running for a long time, so even if you miss the start, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to check in on his progress throughout the day. Here’s how you can watch this potentially historic run.
How to watch
Jornet will be running at a track in Måndalen, Norway, about six hours north of Oslo. He and Salomon have been teasing the event for the past week, but poor weather and lots of snow (which is to be expected in Norway) forced them to put it off until the forecast showed clear skies. Finally, the ideal day seems to be on its way, and Jornet is ready to run. Since the record attempt is an official Salomon event, there’s apt to be good coverage of his run. As Jornet noted on Instagram, the Salomon social media channels (specifically the company’s Instagram page) will post regular updates of his progress.
On top of that, there will be a livestream of the event, which can be found here. Like we said, you won’t have to get up early for the start of the run, but if Jornet is on pace to break the record of 303.506K, you might want to set an alarm for early Saturday morning to catch the finish. Luckily, it’ll only take you a couple of clicks to get the stream up.
Why you should watch
It’s not every day you get to witness a world record, and it’s especially rare to see someone break the 24-hour record. The record has stood since 1997, when Greece’s Yiannis Kouros ran the unbelievable distance of 303.506K. This works out to a mind-blowing pace of 4:45 per kilometre, and Jornet is looking to run faster.
It’s been 23 years since Kouros ran his 303K, and if Jornet manages to run farther, it will be safe to bet that nobody else will come close to breaking the record for decades. In fact, the record is so daunting that it could be years before anyone else even considers attempting to run that far in 24 hours. With all this in mind, you really should watch Jornet’s run, because regardless of whether he breaks the record, it will be a historic day that you won’t want to miss.