CHAMONIX, France (June 26, 2018) — Salomon athlete Kilian Jornet is expected to make his return from injury at the Marathon du Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France, on Sunday, July 1. After missing the first race of the new Golden Trail Series at Zegama, Spain, Jornet will join some of the biggest stars in trail running for second race of the series, including Remi Bonnet of Switzerland, who won Zegama in both the marathon and the Vertical K distances. On the women’s side, defending champion Megan Kimmel will toe the line alongside Salomon teammate and Zegama winner, Ida Nilsson, who starts with the hope of extending her series points lead.
See the current series points total below and here.
Despite his title as defending Mont Blanc champion, Jornet’s race fitness is unknown after his recovery from a fractured fibula suffered during the Pierra Menta ski mountaineering race last winter. He will have to keep his eye out for 23-year-old Bonnet as well as last year’s second-place finisher, Stian-Angermund-Vik of Norway, during the early stages in Chamonix.
“I don’t know how I will feel coming back. I’m happy the recovery has gone very fast. I was able to start running pretty soon after the injury,” said Jornet. “When it comes to longer races, I need to see how it reacts, so it’s a surprise for me and it will be for the others. I don’t know how it will be.”Video: watch Kilian discuss his comeback here.
Nike road trio among runners to watch in Chamonix
Nike athletes Patrick Smyth, Alexander Varner and Ryan Bakto will contest Sunday’s main event for men. Smyth has run a 1:02 half marathon on the road, while Bak boasts a 29:14 10K. The trio is expected to make waves among the pack. Other contenders in Chamonix include Americans Sage Canaday (Hoka One One) and Matt Flaherty (Salomon); Swiss runners Marc Lauenstein (Salomon) and Stephane Wenk (Scott); Frenchmen Thibaut Baronian (Salomon), Alexis Sevenec (Scott), Xavier Thevenard (Asics) and Francois Gonon (Scott); Czech Republic’s Robert Krupička; and Italy’s Davide Magnini (Salomon), who will be competing in his first marathon after success at shorter distances.
The women’s race will feature similarly stiff competition, with Nilsson and Kimmel lining up with Salomon teammate, Spaniard Laura Orgué, among a field that includes New Zealand’s Ruth Croft (Scott); American Magdalena Boulet and France’s Amandine Ferrato (Hoka One One); Italy’s Silvia Rampazzo (Team Tornado); and American YiOu Wang (Under Armour).
Still, much of the race’s focus will be on Jornet and his impressive comeback, as well as the tentative plans he has announced for the rest of his trail running season.“After Mont Blanc, and depending on how my leg reacts, I’d like to take part in the Golden Trail Series, with the Sierre Zinal and Ring of Steall, and also some Skyrunning races such as Comapedrosa, the Trofeo KIMA and the Limone,” Jornet said. “Eventually, if the recovery goes well and I can run further, I’d like to do an ultra, such as the UTMB, at the end of the season.”
Live Broadcast of Marathon du Mont Blanc
For the very first time, the entire Marathon du Mont Blanc will be broadcast in real time, on Salomon Running’s social media channels. Salomon athlete Max King, who placed third at the 2017 event, and Majell Backhausen, Salomon’s global community manager for trail running and an accomplished ultra-runner himself, will co-host the broadcast. In order to capture the race as it unfolds, Salomon brand ambassadors will also be stationed along the entire 42km course and following runners on e-bikes.
Golden Trail Series Standings (after 1 event)
Remi Bonnet – 100 points
Stian Angermund-Vik – 88
Bartlomiej Przedwojewski – 78
Marc Lauenstein – 72
Oriol Cardona - 68
Ida Nilsson – 100 points
Laura Orgue – 88
Ruth Croft – 78
Densa Dragomir – 72
Sheila Alves - 68
About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon is committed to pushing the boundaries of mountain sports through the creation of innovative equipment that allows people to play, progress and challenge themselves in their chosen outdoor sports. The company produces and sells premium footwear, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, hiking equipment, and apparel specifically designed for all of those disciplines. Products are developed in the company’s Annecy Design Center, where engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to create innovative solutions that continually improve the outdoor experiences of those who see nature as a vast playground.
About the Golden Trail Series: The Golden Trail Series combines five of the most iconic “short-distance” trail races on the planet into a dream tour for both athletes and fans. $117,035 prize pool will be shared equally among the overall top 10 men & women at a Grand Final at the Otter Trail in South Africa in October. Each of the top 10 will travel with a friend or partner of their choice for the trip of a lifetime to compete for their chosen cause or charity. www.goldentrailseries.com
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