Today is the day: the UTMB ballot is open! 🙌🏻🏃🏼♀️Who is applying? If so for which race?
I will be going for the big one (UTMB...170km, 10,000m elevation) 🏔🏔🏔!
In 2016 I went to Chamonix for the first time. I was there during the UTMB week but before I got there I didn’t really know much about it, and I definitely didn’t know who any of the famous ultra-runners walking around town were... Mountain running was alien to me. I was there with @iciclemountaineering to learn how to run on mountain trails, ready for my first mountain ultra later that year in the Himalayas. I fell in love with the stunning trails and the buzz during that week, and decided I wanted to come back the next year to race the OCC (at the time I had no idea how I would be able to complete it - I already knew how brutal those mountain trails were - but I still wanted to try.)
In 2017 I was lucky enough to get a place in OCC (56km, 3,500m elevation, which took me 10.5 hours) and although we were hit with horrendous weather, and it destroyed my legs, I absolutely loved it! It went so much better than I had expected, and I knew I would be coming back again for a longer race someday.
In 2018 I was lucky enough to get another place in the ballot, this time for TDS (121km, 7,200m elevation, in 27.5 hours). If you saw my posts after the race you’ll know it was a seriously brutal experience that pushed my limits further than ever before, and almost broke me. During that race I swore I would never do UTMB... I couldn't understand how it was possible to survive 2 whole nights on the mountain (I wouldn't be fast enough to do it in one)...but it's funny how quickly you forget about the worst parts of a race 🙈. A couple of days later, watching the UTMB finishers come in to the finish in the centre of Chamonix, I knew that I had to come back and do it.
Good luck to everyone trying to get a place in any of the epic races, and hopefully see you out there at the end of August next year 🏔🤞🏻🏃🏼♀️!! You’re all legends for even signing up 🙌🏻!!
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