Downhills are a chance to take a breather, right? Apparently not at the Marathon du Mont Blanc held in Chamonix, France.
The annual mountain marathon is held more 1,000m above sea level. Through the race, the course takes runners on a 2,730m climbs and it descends 1,700m. Spaniard Kilian Jornet, who is a household name in trail and mountain running, continued his assault on the endurance racing scene at this event on Sunday. Four weeks after twice summiting Mount Everest over the course of seven days, and two weeks after running his first-ever road half-marathon, Jornet won the Marathon du Mont Blanc.
At one point during the race, runners ascend, and subsequently descend Aiguillette des Posettes, an alpine glacier that sits atop the Chamonix valley. The high point on the course is located at approximately 2,200m above sea level. The route down, as can be seen in the featured video, is rather daunting– to say the least.
Aiguillette des Posettes descent
La descente c'est pour la récupération non?Isn't downhill a recovery time?Stian Angermund-Vik & Kilian Jornet au Marathon du Mont Blanc.Aiguillette des Posettes, 2200m.Stabilisé avec SteadXP PNY Technologies#MarathonMontBlanc Salomon Running #timetoplay
Posted by Seb Montaz Studio on Monday, June 26, 2017
“Aren’t downhills for recovery?” Seb Montaz, the same videographer/photographer who joined Jornet for the Mount Everest treks, captioned the post on Facebook. Montaz captures both Jornet and Stian Angermund-Vik early into the descent. The two would end up going 1-2 in the marathon, with Jornet coming out on top in 3:45:45 ahead of Angermund-Vik’s 3:47:05.
Montaz joked that he was filming from a downhill bike, as mentioned in a comment on Facebook, but he was actually running behind the two leaders with a stabilizing camera. Not only was the footing extremely technical, but visibility was also low during this particular descent.
After watching the descent footage (above), make sure to check out the final kilometre of the race featuring Jornet below.
Jornet’s final K during the marathon
We're LIVE from the final kilometre of #montblancmarathon. It's been a truly epic race but who will take the title after the climb to the finish? Kilian Jornet? Stian Angermund-Vik?📹Biel Ràfols
Posted by Salomon Running on Sunday, June 25, 2017
Other event photos of Jornet
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