The role of running in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and addiction

anxiety The role of running in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders and addiction

By Alice Morrison

Moroccan-based journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, a writer for RunUltra, author of “Dodging Elephants: 8000 Miles Across Africa by Bike” and Special Correspondent for IRUN4ULTRA.


Although I was never formally diagnosed (because I never sought help) four years ago I almost certainly had depression and was working very hard on giving myself a drinking problem. I would certainly tick Yes on most of the questions on those ‘Spot if you have a drink problem’ medical leaflets. I was living away for work reasons and would travel by train at the weekends. One weekend I was very close to stepping off the platform in front of a high-speed train. I would run a little bit with the military but not a lot. I knew I needed to dig myself out of the hole I was in but not how. On a holiday someone mentioned the Lakeland 50 race. Knowing nothing about ultra running and running maybe five miles once a fortnight I signed up. Then I started training. I read a few things on how to train for these types of events and then started training properly. On the New Years Eve I stopped drinking – partly to help me train but mainly because I knew what it was still doing to me. Nine months after starting to train I completed the Lakeland 50. Running, and ultra running in particular, has helped me get myself out of the hole I was in. The black dog still comes to visit sometimes but I’m now better equipped to deal with him.”


Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety disorders and addictions to alcohol, drugs, and nicotine affect a huge number of families worldwide. According to The National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S. (NIMH) In 2014, there were an estimated 43.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with mental health Issues. This number represented 18.1% of all U.S. adults.
This number does not include the statistics for addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that 16.3 million adults ages 18 and older (6.8 percent of this age group) had an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in 2014. This includes 10.6 million men (9.2 percent of men in this age group) and 5.7 million women (4.6 percent of women in this age group).
The figures from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) make equally somber reading: NIDA estimates that the use of illegal drugs costs the U.S. €11 billion per year in health care and $193 billion in loss to the economy.


In the face of this epidemic, can something as simple as running really help?  Well, yes, is the answer. There has been a great deal of clinical research carried out over the past couple of decades in the use of exercise for treating depression and anxiety and also addictions. The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK says on its website. “Why does exercise work? We are not yet exactly sure. There are several possibilities.  

  • Most people in the world have always had to keep active to get food, water, and shelter. This involves a moderate level of activity and seems to make us feel good. We may be built – or “hard-wired” – to enjoy a certain amount of exercise. Harder exercise (perhaps needed to fight or flight from danger) seems to be linked to feelings of stress, perhaps because it is needed for escaping from danger.     
  • Exercise seems to have an effect on certain chemicals in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin. Brain cells use these chemicals to communicate with each other, so they affect your mood and thinking.
  • Exercise can stimulate other chemicals in the brain called “brain-derived neurotrophic factors”. These help new brain cells to grow and develop. Moderate exercise seems to work better than vigorous exercise.
  • Exercise seems to reduce harmful changes in the brain caused by stress. “



“I’ve always been against using any form of drugs that I absolutely don’t need (alcohol being the notable exception in the past few years.) When I went through a tough divorce, a counselor was suggesting the use of anti-depression medication and I skipped it with the understanding that I ran to accomplish similar goals. Running continued to be a great form of stress management and social interaction and eventually, I did my first impromptu marathon plus a little more while checking a course I was RD’ing the next day. This was eventually followed by a more official 50km. I’ve always known that I have an addictive personality and I realize running is now my addiction but I’m mostly OK with that. Someday, I may be forced to find another form of addiction but until then, running is my drug.
It was a very conscious decision not to add anti-depressants to my world and the counselor I was seeing asked, “why not?” I said I would rather deal with the root of the issue than treat the symptoms. In the year leading up to my divorce, I was isolated in a small apartment in Pittsburgh that was noisy and my ex-wife was hardly ever around; She basically came home to shower and sleep while working on her Ph.D. The social isolation did a number on me and about halfway through that year, I started cycling again because I had gained a lot of weight. At the time of my separation, I moved back to Tucson, AZ (where my job was) and started cycling a lot. I was riding up the local mountain several times a week and it wasn’t enough to deal with my grief. My body was often exhausted but I still had more to deal with mentally. It was at this point that my boss (an ultra runner) said, “Ya, know… you should run.” He told me about a group that met every Tues/Thurs for speedwork and I started going. I found myself surrounded by people who made healthy decisions and good life choices and made a very conscious decision to let myself feel peer pressure from them in order to improve my own life. So … for me running was about rebuilding the social part of my brain which had atrophied in isolation for a year, rebuilding my body and managing stress. I lost over 100lbs, gained friends and healthy habits.”


We asked Tanya Woolf, Consultant Counseling Psychologist, Efficacy if this chimed with her experience of treating Depression.
“Typically with Depression, you get into a vicious cycle. You feel low on motivation, so you don’t do anything and then low levels of activity make you feel more depressed.  One of the first treatments for depression is behavioral activation – doing something that gives you a sense of achievement and pleasure.”
“Exercise helps in two ways: on the psychological level it gives you that sense of achievement and – hopefully – pleasure, and physically it releases endorphins.”


For almost all of us who run, one of the great joys of it is that you have time in nature. Research has shown that this can add to the benefits. In a study called “Acute effects of outdoor physical activity on effect and psychological well-being in depressed patients” the researchers found:
“A single outdoor exercise bout showed greater affective improvements compared to indoor and sedentary equivalents for self-reported excitement and activation. As patients felt more active, an outdoor setting might be useful in overcoming listlessness during depression treatment. “


Krasse Gueorguiev is a keen ultra runner but also studied Psychology and worked in Victim Support. He used running as one of his tools to help clients.
“I used to work at Victim support in London for quite a few years and dealt with domestic violence rape etc…. and also had some private clients that would come to me with addictions from drugs to smoking and eating. So I would get them to concentrate on doing sports that can be by themselves for a period of time like a running for a few hours where I would ask them to think of solving mechanisms while running. Nothing in particular just think of their daily lives and see how they see it on the go.”
Tanya Woolf, adds, One of the things that is often observed in addiction is that people pursue their goal (be it drugs, drink or anything else) at the expense of all previously valued goals. So, having a new, valued goal such as a race, can help displace the old, unhealthy one. Also in addiction, people very often get the notion that they don’t have control, that their addiction controls them. Any goal-oriented exercise and ultra running is a fantastic example, gives the person a sense of control. Instead of your addiction controlling you, you are controlling your body.”


Research and expert opinion shows that running really does have a role to play in combating a range of mental health problems.  According to the study, “The Benefits of Exercise for the Clinically Depressed”:

Many studies have examined the efficacy of exercise to reduce symptoms of depression, and the overwhelming majority of these studies have described a positive benefit associated with exercise involvement.
Additionally, exercise compares quite favorably with standard care approaches to depression in the few studies that have evaluated their relative efficacy. For example, running has been compared with psychotherapy in the treatment of depression, with results indicating that running is just as effective as psychotherapy in alleviating symptoms of depression “
Compelling as the scientific research is, inspiration is at the human level so let us leave you with a final story from the ultra running community.


“How (ultra) running helped me. Being a victim of a heinous crime… kidnap victim of an aggravated sexual assault by four men, running, in general, has played a big part in my therapy. I’m training for my first 50km in October and ultra running helps me cope. It reminds me to overcome and conquer my fears. I was destroyed and I learned to rebuild my life again. I was also an addict for over almost 12 years which I don’t share openly. I quit cold turkey and never looked back. Running and living a healthy life has been my “addiction”. Not losing my sanity after the sexual assault on Christmas Eve and Christmas day is also on my priority list. It’s been a long road but running besides God and family is most important in my life.”
Many thanks to all who shared their stories with us and congratulations on your recovery and transformation


Italian Andrea Macchi in 5th position

Italian Andrea Macchi, in 5th position, leads a group of three runners. Behind him, two runners from Spain: Julio Aldecoa Cernuda, tenth in 2015, and (with a blue jersey) Oscar Perez Lopez from Spain, one of the great favorites of this race, winner of Tor des Geants in 2012.


Silvia Trigueros Garrote,1st woman to arrive at Valgrisenche

Silvia Trigueros Garrote is the 1st woman to arrive at Valgrisenche, mile 31 (km 50). She enters the Base Vita at 6:37 PM and leaves it at 6:57.  20 minutes of stop, mainly to eat some pasta and to drink some hot tea. After a hot day the weather is changing, and when Silvia leaves the Base Vita it starts to rain.


Eric Breton arrives at Valgrisenche Campo Vita

Eric Breton from Canada arrives at Valgrisenche Campo Vita 16 minute after the race leader Galeati.
Here, he is at just 3 minutes from Campo Vita, in the final section of a difficult climb, where all runners had to walk instead of running.


Km 50 (mile 31), Valgrisenche

Galerti Gianluca is leading Tor des Géants 2016. The race is a unique footrace that has met with a sensational success since its first edition. The Tor des Géants®, in the heart of the Italian Alps, is the world’s longest ultra trail (in terms of both elevation gain and kilometers) which crosses the entire Aosta Valley in a single stage.
Tor des Geants 2016 route will run along the Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 of the Valle d’Aosta, with the start and finishing line in Courmayeur, and will cover a total of around 336km (200 miles), with an altitude range of 24,000 meters. The landscape at the foot of the region’s Four-Thousanders makes the route especially spectacular.
Along the route there will be a number of rest, rescue and refreshment points, as well as seven larger bases that will divide the route up into seven sectors:
  • Courmayeur – Valgrisenche:                 50 km 4747 D+
  • Valgrisenche – Cogne:                          58 km 5082 D+
  • Cogne – Donnas:                                  45 km 2698 D+
  • Donnas – Gressoney St Jean:              54 km 6086 D+
  • Gressoney St Jean – Valtournenche:   33 km 3187 D+
  • Valtournenche – Ollomont:                   48 km 4904 D+
  • Ollomont – Courmayeur:                      50 km 4210 D+

Andrea Macchi & Julio Aldecoa

Tor des Geants

Andrea Macchi & Julio Aldecoa

Eric Breton
Tor des Géants
Galerti Gianluca
Oliviero Bosatelli
Tor des Géants

Tor Des Geants

Tor Des Geants – TDG Race Start

TDG Race Start: As you are reading this update, more than 800 runners are, at this moment, racing in Valle D’Aosta, Italy, undertaking the brutal challenge of Tor Des Geants. The race started at  12am USA TIME. and the participants have quite a distance to cover – total distance of 336km, 24,000m D+ in 150 hours.

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Meredith June

Meredith June Edwards: Elite Athlete Interview

Meredith June Edwards: Elite Athlete Interview
By Alice Hunter Morrison
Moroccan-based journalist, winner of Best Africa Blog, writer for RunUltra, author of “Dodging Elephants: 8000 Miles Across Africa by Bike,” and Special Correspondent for IRUN4ULTRA, a subsidiary of Hope So Bright.

Meredith June Edwards

Photo Credit: © UTMB® – photo : Pascal Tournaire

Meredith June Edwards, Mere June, or Night Mere, as she says her friends like to call her, is an elite trail and ultra runner and ski mountaineer. She is from Jackson, Wyoming and says Wyoming is exactly where she wants to be in the world, “Love me some Tetons!” is her favorite phrase.
She took second place in the TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie) in August, one of the races at the great mountain festival of running,  UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc) in Chamonix, and came in 35th. The race is 119 kilometers long with a huge 7,250 meters of ascent. This was a real triumph for the talented American. We caught up with her just after the race.
Q: Congratulations on your fantastic run, Meredith, did you think you would be on the podium?
A:  I was shocked! Last year I came in 10th at CCC. This year I thought, top five. Never did I think I would go out and lead the race and then come in second place. I didn’t know where I was in the placings until 52 kilometers when my support crew said I was number one. Then I had to tell myself, “Don’t freak out. Head down. There is a lot of race left, and a lot can happen.”
Q: Didn’t you actually led the race for a lot of the way – ahead of the eventual winner, Delphine Avenier?
A: She wasn’t far off for most of the day. I would see her at the aid stations. We were neck and neck. We swapped leads. The longest climb of the race was after 51 kilometers and we were together that whole climb. It was so hot that I was saying, “Tres Chaud,” and she kept saying, “Go slow.”
Q: How did you feel when she passed you?
A: It is a humbling experience. I don’t like to get passed.
Q: It was incredibly hot out there. How did that impact your nutrition and hydration?
A: I was really worried on that long climb as it was the hottest part of the day. I tried to eat lots of food. I didn’t have enough salt in me nor did I take salt tablets. That was a mistake! Last year, I got through the CCC by just eating the soup at the aid stations. But this year it was super hot.
Q: The whole course is tricky, but was there anything that stood out?
A: The climb down from the Col de Tricot was the steepest stretch I have ever done. It was HEINOUS! But the hardest place to run was coming out of Cormet de Roselend. We had to run through a cow pasture. It was uneven and all mud. Kind of frustrating! I don’t think I have cursed so much in my life.
Q: How did TDS compare to some of the U.S. races you do? Many American athletes tell us running in Europe is different.
A: I do sky running in the U.S. and we try to mimic European sky running. I would say that CCC is comparable to that. But TDS was a whole different thing. At times it didn’t even feel like I was on a trail. It was extremely rocky and steep. I am from Jackson and the Tetons are technical but this terrain was very hard, steep, and unique.
Q: Tell us about your training for this event.
A: I am strong on the uphill and can hold a good gear, but last year at CCC, my speed wasn’t there. Eric Orton, my coach, sat me down and said we needed to improve my speed. I went back to the track and did interval work with repeats every Monday. This really paid off as it made my race pace easier. I made great time in the flat sections when I could run hard and it helped on the uphills.  I find that ski mountaineering racing (skimo) strengthens my uphill capability. I also weight train. I have worked with the same trainer, Chris Butler, for two years. I can now deadlift almost double my bodyweight.
Q: What’s next for you, now that you have this big achievement under your belt?
A: I want to do the Everest Base Camp marathon in May. A personal ambition of mine is to climb up Denali. I really want to go over there and experience the culture.

Meredith June Edwards

Photo Credit: © UTMB® – photo : Pascal Tournaire


  • She likes hard dates (the fruit…).
  • She dated a Frenchman for a year and a half and his mom came out to support her during TDS, which almost made her cry.
  • She has beat men and women alike to become first and has set the course record for running around a volcano in the Philippines.
  • She has a dog called Mo who is a “Chug,” which a cross between a Chihuahua and a Pug.
  • The favorite song on her playlist is “Broken Arrow.”

Thanks for talking to us at IRun4Ultra Meredith, and good luck with your next challenge!
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An American in Paris (well, Chamonix): USA triumph at UTMB

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

Photo Credit: © UTMB® – photo : Pascal Tournaire

The slogan for this year’s legendary UTMB race should have been, “The Americans are coming…”
The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) has mythic status. Its extreme difficulty coupled with its extreme beauty make it irresistible to ultra runners, and the draw is always heavily oversubscribed. It was first held in 2003 and the route takes you around the stunning scenery of Mont Blanc and the encircling peaks. The festival includes five races between 22nd and 28th August. The race center is in Chamonix in the French Alps.

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

© UTMB® – photo : Pascal Tournaire

The five races are:

  • UTMB: Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (170 km +10,000 m)
  • CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m)
  • TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (119 km +7,250 m)
  • OCC: Orsières – Champex – Chamonix (55 km +3,300 m)
  • PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 290 km +26,500 m)

UTMB is a single-stage race and passes through three different countries as it follows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc across France, Italy and Switzerland. The race varies very slightly in different years and in this edition, it was 170km with 10,000m of ascent. 2500 starters set off but there was a heavy drop out rate.
This year a couple of the big names dropped early including two of the favorites – Rory Bosio of the USA and  Luis Hernando of Spain.  
Before the race, Anton Krupicka had picked Hernando as a favorite.

“It is hard to bet against Luis Hernando and Zach Miller has the fire for it. For the women, Caroline Chaverot has had a great season and also Magdalena Boulet”

Jason Schlarb, who is one of our IRUN4ULTRA  ambassadors was also a casualty. On his Facebook page, he posted this moving note about how it felt to have to DNF (did not finish) and what it meant for his son, Felix.

It was a real disappointment to drop today. I felt really good training in August but the body was a wreck today. The hardest part was the massive disappointment Felix had from my drop. He was crushed. He cried and told me he wanted me to do UTMB. We have been in Europe for 6 weeks getting ready for UTMB, he has a UTMB t-shirt, he did the kids race, UTMB was his world this month. I am Felix’s hero. We run together on trails every day together. My drop was almost like having Christmas canceled. My heart is broken.”


Photo Credit: © UTMB® - photo : Pascal Tournaire

Photo Credit: © UTMB® – photo : Pascal Tournaire

But for those who stayed the course, it was to be a magnificent race. Zach Miller of the USA was in the lead for a large part of the race, proving that he did have that fire. In the end, though he was unable to hold onto first place and Ludovic Pommeret of France chased him, passed him and took the win with 25 minutes to spare. Gediminas Grinius from Lithuania put in a very impressive performance to come in second. Then there was a late contender. Tim Tollefson from the USA had been behind but clawed his way up, clicking past the other competitors to come in at third, to his own, and everyone else’s delight.
Speaking after the race, he told us what it felt like.

There was not long to wait until there was more great news for America. Tim was followed in by David Laney (third last year) who had also run an astounding race. He crossed the finishing line and had clearly given it all he had, as he collapsed, showing just how much these athletes sacrifice of themselves to be the best.

Zach Miller, who was given the accolade   “most aggressive runner” by the UTMB TV crew, completed the trio, making it in 6th place.

After the race, one of his sponsors, Brent Hollowell, Vice President of Marketing for NATHAN said:
“ The first 85 miles were nothing short of amazing and the last twenty miles were heroic. You can’t watch that kid and not been inspired by the way he goes out at 100% and let’s what happens happen.”
The USA may not have taken first or second place, but the men’s gutsy performances and sheer charm won over the Chamonix crowd. 
The women’s race went to Caroline Chaverot, giving France the one/two. The French flags were out in force in town this evening and deservedly so.  

Photo Credit: © UTMB® - photo : Pascal Tournaire

Photo Credit: © UTMB® – photo : Pascal Tournaire

But don’t forget for the main body of the field, they still have a long night and day ahead of them and a thunderstorm has just broken over the mountains. The cut off time is 46 hours which will bring us to 4pm tomorrow evening local time.


  1. Ludovic POMMERET, France 22:00:02
  2. Gediminas GRINIUS, Lithuania 22:26.05
  3. Tim TOLLEFSON, USA, 22:30.38


  1. Caroline CHAVEROT, France, 25:15:40
  2. Andrea HUSER, Switzerland, 25:22:56
  3. Uxue FRAILE AZPEITIA, Spain, 26:15:18

Keep across our Twitter feed for live updates, our Facebook page for new videos and our Instagram feed for the best pictures from the course @IRUN4ULTRA
Read more inspiration from the stars of UTMB past and present https://irun4ultra.com/2016/08/26/thoughts-on-utmb/


CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix

CCC set off at 9am this morning from Courmayeur in Italy. This race, which is in its 11th year, is limited to 1900 runners. The maximum time allowed is 26 hrs and 45 mins but the winners came in considerably earlier. The distance is 101km and there is 6100m of ascent.
Once again for this edition, it was a hot day out in the mountains.  The first few kilometers were on a different route to that of UTMB and the runners were treated to fantastic views of Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. The passage of the Grand col Ferret (2537m) marked the entrance of the race into Switzerland, where the competitors went through La Fouly, Champex and Trient. It was Vallorcine next,  and the big ascent of the Vallons des Chezerys. Then a speedy run to reach the arrival arch in the heart of Chamonix.


© UTMB® – photo : Michel Cottin


The crowds were out in force at the finish line as they had stayed on after waving off the starters for the BIG race of the week, the “Queen” of the races in Chamonix, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which set off at 6 pm local time.
They had an extra treat as the first of the PTL teams came through after an incredible race which covers 290km with 26500m of ascent. The winning team was Abrico (the apricots) with a time of 107:39:37.

Male Rankings

Back to CCC and first through the famous arch for the men was Michel Lanne of France who ran through the archway carrying his baby daughter in his arms to the cheers of the crowd. The final men’s rankings were


  1. Michel LANNE, France,12:10:04
  2. Ruy UEDA, Japan, 12:15:20
  3. Giuliano CAVALLO, Italy, 12: 19:21


At the time of publishing the women’s results were not yet in but the standings were:

  1. Mimmi KOTKA, Sweden
  2. Jo MEEK, UK

We will update those women’s results on Facebook.
Congratulations to all the runners and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook @Irun4Ultra for live updates of the big event, UTMB 2016, the iconic, Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc

UTMB Champion

Thoughts on UTMB

UTMB, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is the biggest mountain ultra in the world. It is a dream for most mountain ultra runners to take part and winning catapults any runner to trail stardom.
The race kicks off tonight at 6.00pm local time. It is 170km with 10000m of ascent – Everest is 8848 meters to put that in context. There are 2300 runners and a cutoff time of 46.30 to complete the course. The leaders should take approximately 21 hours to finish.
So, what are the thoughts of the international champions who have taken part (past or present) as UTMB 2016 gets underway? We look at their motivation and inspirations, reflections and even share some of their training tips.

Zach Miller –  2015 CCC Champion


Photo Credit: Zack Miller’s Mom

“I’ve received many messages, emails, and words of encouragement from all sorts of people in the lead-up to UTMB, but this picture of a bulletin board from the school where my Mom teaches really hit home today. Thanks Mom!”

Rory Bosio, 2 x UTMB Champion

Photo Credit: North Face

Photo Credit: North Face

“I do not have the fortitude to run just for the sake of running. I like to use running as a way to escape from everyday life or to see a new place. Fitness is a great by-product. I choose races based on location rather than competition. If I’m running somewhere that inspires me, or I find beautiful, I usually have a better race anyway.“ https://www.theguardian.com/

Kilian Jornet, 3 x winner UTMB

Photo Credit: UTMB

“A great athlete is one who takes advantage of the ability that genetics have brought him in order to secure great achievements, but an exceptional athlete is one who can swim in the waters of complexity and chaos, making what seems difficult easy, creating order from chaos. Creative individuals search for chaos in order to explore all the places they can imagine beyond the frontiers of consciousness, following the irrational forces that come from within themselves and from their environment.” https://www.amazon.com/Run-Die-Kilian-Jornet

Marco Olmo – twice winner of UTMB and Ambassador for IRUN4ULTRA

Marco Olmo

“It is very emotional to be back here because ten years has passed since I first won UTMB. I realise that the years have passed and that you have to be happy with what you have done before.”

Xavier Thevenard  2 x UTMB Champion

Photo Credit: © UTMB® - photo : Pascal Tournaire

Photo Credit: © UTMB® – photo: Pascal Tournaire

“UTMB is mythical because of its relationship to Mont Blanc. It is a place known all over the world and everyone wants to get closer to see what it looks like. And then there is the route itself that is very tough and physical. For purists, it’s something to do. Chamonix is the capital of mountaineering and all these make this race unique. I think this is how it will continue for a long time.” https://www.meltyxtrem.fr/

David Laney, UTMB 2015 3rd place

Mont Blanc

Photo Credit:David Laney

“Run the most technical trails you can find.  Find steep rocky mountain ridges and steep rugged canyons that mirror the course you plan to race on.  Get to a place where you can roll through really rooty, rocky or steep downhill sections.  Find those trails that allow you to practice the more technical aspects of running. Do them again and again and again.The mountains are big and free and wild and powerful.  Use those emotions to inspire your next race.” https://davidlaneyrunning.com/

Luis Alberto Hernando Alzago, Skyrunning Champion

Photo Credit: correrxmuntanya.com

Photo Credit: correrxmuntanya.com

“Everything is prepared and we are convinced that the third time is a charm!“ https://www.luisalbertohernando.com/utmb/

Lizzy Hawker, 2 x winner UTMB

Photo Credit: Lizzy Hawker

Photo Credit: Lizzy Hawker

“As a child I preferred to walk rather than take the bus and I just found moving under my own effort more appealing. By the time I came to run that first UTMB I was used to long days on my feet – mountaineering, hiking as well as running – and for a long mountain ultra like the UTMB ‘time on feet’ is good preparation.” https://www.independent.co.uk/

Jason Schlarb, 4th place UTMB 2015 and IRUN4ULTRA Ambassador


“I want to improve on my 4th place. I want to get on to that podium which is a very high ambition for a USA runner.One of our difficulties (in the USA)  is that our mountains just aren’t as steep. We have the Rockies, but they are more characterized by switchbacks and there are trails there for mountain bikers and hikers whereas the Dolomites and the Alps are really sheer. I really attribute my fourth place to the fact that I went to Europe for three months to train. It made all the difference.” https://www.runultra.co.uk