Grand Trail shares the stunning beauty and raw emotions of ultrarunning, paying tribute to the passion and splendor of the sport and lifestyle. Filled with powerful photographs and intimate stories, Grand Trail portrays ultramarathon champions and their extraordinary world.
Grand Trail features the icons of ultrarunningpeople, places, and racesin spectacular color and black-and-white photography by Alexis Berg. Exploring iconic courses like Western States, Hardrock, Marathon des Sables alongside personal portraits of heroes like Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg, and Scott Jurek, Grand Trail is as inspiring as it is beautiful.
In its pages, Grand Trail shares the indescribable feelings that spring from running free in a wild place, alone in thought or sharing the miles with another of the tribe. The simple beauty of the task. Stunning views of the world’s most beautiful trails. Faces lined with exhaustion in gritty aid stations. The unguarded gaze of a spent runner who half hears the concerned whispers of his wife. The overwhelming emotion of the finish line after countless hours of silence. The agony that melts in the relief of the finish. The dazed bliss of exhaustion. The sadness of a journey completed.
Grand Trail offers an enchanting encounter with the people, places, and emotions that make ultrarunning special:
· Intimate interviews: Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg, Anna Frost, Anton Krupicka, Stephanie Howe, Scott Jurek, and eight ultramarathoners from around the world.
· 13 iconic courses: Western States, Hardrock, Marathon de Sables, Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, Transgrancanaria and races in Asia, Australia, and Europe.
· Stirring photography: Breathtaking landscapes of the world’s most beautiful trails, moving portraits of ultrarunners, and remarkable scenes from races.
· Vignettes on trail running: Culture, history, training, night running, nutrition, and how the body bends to the miles.
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About the Author
Frederic Berg is a reporter. As a trail runner, his performances include finishing two legendary trail races, the Diagonale des Fous (three times) and the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (once), plus a dozen other ultramarathons.
Alexis Berg is a journalist and a professional photographer focused on trail running. He was the official photographer of the 2015 Ultra-Trail World Tour, travelling around the world to photograph the people, scenery, and race action. His work has been published in a dozen magazines including National Geographic and UltraRunning magazine as well as by iRunFar and Strava.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Foreword by Joe Grant
In the Stride of the Passengers of the Dream
13 Trail Races
Kilian Jornet: A Legend from Above
Diagonale Des Fous Grand Raid Reunion (France)
Off on a Diagonal
Emelie Forsberg: The Northern Star
A Short History of Trail Running
Hong Kong 100 (China)
Antoine Guillon: The Metronome in the Shadows
Coming to Trail Running
Tarawera Ultramarathon (New Zealand)
Anna Frost: The Snow Queen
Born to Run?
Gediminas Grinius: The Fighter
Ultratrailer, Who Are You?
Marathon de Sables (Morocco)
Laurence Klein: Mother and Desert Runner
Trail Running, A Meeting Ground
Ryan Sandes: A Class Above
Mother Nature, a frail setting and an implacable judge
Lavaredo Ultra Trail (Italy)
Anton Krupicka: The Genuine Icon
A Trail Night's Dream
Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (Lake Tahoe, California)
Stephanie Howe: The Ultra Brilliant One
Trail Running, The Original Version
Scott Jurek: The Green Samurai
Great West, Great Open Spaces, Great Trail.
Hardrock 100 Endurance Run (Durango, Colorado)
Sebastien Chaigneau: A Taste for the Wild
Training, An Endless Trail
Eiger Ultra Trail (Switzerland)
Iker Karrera: The Keeper of the Peaks
Eat, Drink…and Run
Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (Chamonix, France)
Dawa Sherpa: The Luminous Pathfinder
The Ultra Inside Your Body
Ultra-Trail Hurricana du Canada
Florent Bouguin: The Magnificent Unknown
Before and After Harricana
Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji (Japan)
Francois d’Haene: The Great Vintage
Trail Running at the Parting of the Ways
Thomas Lorblanchet: The Heart and Mind
Afterword by Jenn Shelton
The Authors Warmly Thank