The Ultrajfjord trail is one of the most demanding in the world. Over 30 nationalities are represented amongst its runners, who, for 3 years now, meet at Puerto Natales in northern Chile. This year, it was Julien Gilleron, the WAAEXPERT who took on the 50 kilometers.
So we wanted to find out more about Julien's path, a runner unlike the others, someone who grows on a daily basis in these breathtaking landscapes that surround the great Chilean national parks.
So who is this Julien Gilleron?
In love with racing and breathtaking sights, Julien and his wife leave it all behind in 2015 and settle down in South America as part of his racing project "run the entire world", which means running in different landscapes more beautiful than the previous one.
"A love hymn to nature."
Now that's one of the few reasons that lead a man on such a crazy adventure, to meet all of the trail and running cultures, to break through myths and legends alike, and to take advantage of every second offered such a diverse, tough, and sometimes unforgivable but splendid nature...
His main goal has always been the Ultrafjord race which will soon become one of the most famous and hardest race in the world, due to the unpredictable Patagonian weather.
But Julien is not afraid, he did not come here to win, but simply to complete the race and enjoy it. He stands next to the best runners in the world, experts in this type of sporting event.
Km 1: Weather's so nice that we have to mention it. And Julien is off, running at his own lighthearted pace, his mind is clear.
Km 7: Incredible but true! Without really noticing it; our WAAEXPERT finds himself ahead of the group, both challengers, and the elite. He dares not greet any eventually finds himself amongst 3 runners, shoulder to shoulder with the favorite 3. Then, an invigorating race of unbelievable pace, passes and replies take place.
Km 24: It's over for two of the runners, Julien barely makes it... still catching dirt from the ultimate favorite Fernando Nazario.
Km 42: Julien stumbles, trips, and falls. The conditions become unbearable; some meters ahead it's Fernando's turn to fall. Multiple times each of them slowed down, Julien finds himself falling but never giving up.
The much awaited moment comes, the goal is within sight!
Km 49: "Come on. Take my hand and get up. We're finishing together." Both will reach the finish line together.
To share, to help each other. A kind gesture of the utmost value was displayed during that race. Julien found what he was looking for, found it, and is his duty to preserve it.
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