A new short documentary has been released by Vancouver-based photographer Brice Ferre covering Canadian ultrarunner Jeanelle Hazlett‘s week-long challenge in May, in which she ran twice the total elevation of the 8,848m-tall Mount Everest. Hazlett covered 203K with 17,769m of climbing in five days as part of Run Steep Get High‘s Limitless Vertical Challenge. In the film, Hazlett admits that not only had she never attempted doubling the elevation of Everest in a single week, but that she hadn’t even matched the mountain’s height once in a seven-day span, but that didn’t stop her from tackling the challenge.
Hazlett’s running bio
Hazlett lives and trains in North Vancouver, and she has had a lot of success in ultramarathons and trail races over the past few years. In 2019, she won the Squamish 50-mile ultramarathon in B.C., and not even two weeks later, she went after the women’s fastest known time (FKT) up and back down Mount Brunswick, a 1,788m mountain between Vancouver and Squamish. Later in the year, she represented Canada at the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina, where she finished in 41st place in the women’s 41.5K race. Hazlett only took up trail running a few years ago, but she already has multiple race wins and podium results to her name, and she isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
The Limitless Vertical Challenge
Hazlett had a busy few days as she attempted to climb double the elevation of Mount Everest. As viewers see in the film, she started her week of running with a more than 70K day, with 3,936m of elevation after going up and down the Seventh Secret (a route that makes for a round trip of 10K to 11K in North Vancouver) seven times. She also completed seven laps of Grouse Mountain for 6,156m of elevation, and many more repeats of various climbs around North Vancouver.
She ultimately accomplished her goal and reached 17,769m of elevation after spending 41 hours and 41 minutes running during a five-day stretch. Hazlett used the challenge as an opportunity to fundraise for Food Banks Canada, raising more than $3,000 by the end of the week. Check out the full video to see just how hard the week of running was.