Chamonix for us is a place that we always want to return to.
Mountains, runners, valleys, cyclists, trails, climbers, technical equipment, croissants, paragliders, and much more – the city has become a hub for the global outdoor community.
At the end of every summer, during the last week of August, this city turns into Coachella for trail runners from all over the world.
After last year's trip, we dreamed of being here again and our dream came true. Together with our dear friends from Norda, we visited Chamonix again to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of celebration, running, family and friends for 6 days.
The main motivation to get together with Norda Fam, in addition to family dinners, bonfires, and fun, was to support the athletes, participating in various races throughout the week. Among the runners of 101km distance with an altitude gain of 6100 meters from Norda Fam there were Patrick Stangbye, Ian Morgan, and Fran Morgan, and at 145km with 9100m altitude was Mathieu Huppe. For the main course of 171km and an altitude gain of >10000m, there were David Hedges, Jeff Cauchon, and Jason Schlarb. Kilian Jornet Burgada and Mathieu Blanchard set a new track record by running the main distance faster than 20 hours (1st and 2nd place, respectively), and Norda athlete Jason Schlarb ran 51st with a time of 25:30:59. Despite such phenomenal results among some, about a third of the athletes could not reach the finish line, which proves this race to be one of the most severe and unpredictable trail-running competitions, where the final results are not measured in numbers.
See below our photo report, where we tried to capture the stories of these amazing human beings.
That was part 2 of our photo report about the experiences with Norda Fam in Chamonix. Stay tuned for the next one, as well as our video interviews with athletes, 001 Retrospective article, and more. Until then, check out more related articles via the links below.
Produced by TECHUNTER Media. Images, edit: Ivan Dzhatiev [THM], Alexander Zabelin [THM]. Layout, words: Alexander Zabelin [THM].