A Double Record-breaking Year for Lavaredo

A Double Record-breaking Year for Lavaredo

There are twice as many reasons to be excited by the results of this year’s Lavaredo Ultra-Trail race that took place this weekend in the Italian Dolomites. Amazingly, the 119km kilometer trail running event, saw two course record’s being broken in both the Men’s and the Women’s category. Norwegian-born Didrik Hermansen powered through the trail at a strong and steady pace arriving at the finish line at an impressive 12 hours 34 minutes and 29 seconds.

Race Preview for The North Face Lavaredo Ultra-Trail

Race Preview for The North Face Lavaredo Ultra-Trail

It’s the 9th edition of The North Face Lavaredo Ultra-Trail race and Cortina is buzzing with runners and supporters alike preparing for the start at 11pm on June 26. With the iconic bell-tower of Cortina ringing in the countdown, 1,000 trail runners will be making their way up to the scenic mountain trails of the Dolomites. The 119km run, with a positive elevation of 5,850 metres, looks to have favourable weather with sun…

The Appetiser before the Main Course

The Appetiser before the Main Course

For the first time ever, the Lavaredo hosted the Cortina Skyrace, a 20km trail run set, unsurprisingly, in the picturesque mountains of the Dolomites. Attracting a wide range of runners of different levels, 300 participants kicked off the race at 5:00pm on the 25th of June and made their way across the course, with a positive elevation of 1,000. This first edition kicked off at 5.00 in the afternoon with sunshine and a cool wind blessing the runners as they made their way through Cortina up into the mountain trails.

Aconcagua: A Not So Simple Dream

Aconcagua: A Not So Simple Dream

The life of an athlete is about constant challenges. Some you overcome, others you give up on, and many you don’t let go of until you succeed. In the beginning of this year, The North Face ultra-runner Fernanda Maciel attempted to ascend and descend Aconcagua (6,960m) in the fastest time possible, but did not make it. We asked her to write a short piece for us to get her thoughts on the adventure and what the whole experience meant for her.

Interview with Rory Bosio winner of the #UTMB14

Interview with Rory Bosio winner of the #UTMB14

After the UTMB winners press conference we tagged along an interview with The North Face athlete Rory Bosio and the dutch and english media. Rory won the UTMB for the second time in a row this year. In 2013 she set a new course record by almost two hours and 20 minutes. The questions started with why Rory got into long distance trail running. She explained that it is the need to explore and nature’s beauty that drives her love for the sport.

Podium results of the 5 races of the #UTMB14

Podium results of the 5 races of the #UTMB14

Another edition of The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc comes to end, and the emotions are high as usual. More than 7000 runners participated in the 5 races of the UTMB (UTMB, CCC, PTL, TDS, OCC) The #UTMB14 race itself, the original 168km ultra, ended with team runner Rory Bosio claiming a second win in a row. The young American stood on the podium after powering across the finish line after a 23h23min grueling run.

Crossing the Finish line at the #UTMB14

Crossing the Finish line at the #UTMB14

Join us in congratulating The North Face athlete Rory Bosio for claiming a well earned 1st position in the women’s category and 14th position overall with a timing of 23:23:20 hours. Well done Rory. Team member Fernanda Maciel also crossed the finish line in the 4th position after a very close run with the third position. In the men category the first to cross the finish line was François D’haene after an amazing run with a ground breaking time of 20:11:44 hrs, he was followed 55mins after by Tofol Castaner Bernat 20:55:42 and Iker Karrera 20:55:46 who came in hand in hand for the 2nd and 3rd position showing the true spirit of...
News from 122km into the race at Champex-Lac checkpoint

News from 122km into the race at Champex-Lac checkpoint

Champex-Lac 09:00am Dawn has broken and as the mist starts to lift new light shines on the race. The trio D’Haene (FR), Castañer (ES) and Karrera (ES) are still dominating the race, with a good 45 minute lead. Sadly The North Face contender, Mike Foote (US), abandoned the race at La Fouly (107km) due to his body simply shutting down, and Timothy Olson (US) too has dropped out of the race. The North Face athlete Jez Bragg (GB), who arrived at the Champex checkpoint in 17th position, feeling positive about the race. Amazing catching up of The North face athelte Rory Bosio: leading the women, with 35 minutes between her and Nuria Picas (ES), the American human running machine started the race at 74th position overall and now heading off Champex-Lac at 14th overall and still catching up. The outcome of the race is still unclear and unpredictable … Stay tuned for the next...
Courmayeur checkpoint update of the race #UTMB14

Courmayeur checkpoint update of the race #UTMB14

Courmayeur (Italy) – 03:00 am Only a few hours ago it was doom and gloom on the race course, or rather… the weather was very foul. As the runners begin to trickle in to the Courmayeur checkpoint (77km), the second of the 3 countries that the #UTMB14 passes through, the conditions have changed drastically. The rain has stopped, the temperatures are pleasant and the stars have appeared. Charging ahead in the men’s category is the dangerous trio D’Haene, Karrera & Castañer. The first TNF athletes are Yeray and Foote, running together, 30 minutes behind the leaders, at 7th and 8th. On the women’s side, Nuria Picas holds first place followed closely by The North Face athlete Rory Bosio, who shared that she was: “having so much fun. Bueno”. The next update should be at the break of dawn, where we can only hope that the conditions remain stable and the mood as positive as it was here at...
Updates from the first checkpoint 31km into the race

Updates from the first checkpoint 31km into the race

The leading group just passed the first checkpoint Les Contamines, 31km in to the race, facing the typical #UTMB14 conditions, grim weather. The first to cross the checkpoint was Tofol Castañer (ES), followed by François D’Haene (FR), and Iker Karrera (ES). The North Face athletes Jez Bragg (GB) and Mike Foote (US), running together at 15th with about 11 minutes off the lead. In the women’s category, Nathalie Mauclair (FR) was leading the troops at the 31k checkpoint, followed by Nuria Picas (ES) and The North Face ahtlete Rory Bosio (US). The rain has not eased and there are reports of snow at the higher points of the course. Let’s hope the runners won’t be too beaten up at the next checkpoints. Stay...
Starting line video of the #UTMB14

Starting line video of the #UTMB14

The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc kicked off a few hours under a deluge of rain. In the 10 second hyperlapse video you can see the swarm of 2300 runners as they begin their long 168km journey.

7 things you didn’t know about #UTMB14

7 things you didn’t know about #UTMB14

The #UTMB14 is a lot of things to it’s runners and followers: an event, a race, a challenge, an adventure… but what it can also be, is an interesting source of facts that you wouldn’t have expected.