In 1974, the off-stage race was in its infancy when Jean-Claude Pont had an idea: to run from Zinal to Sierre. 31km and 2200+, after all, the old-timers were already running the Val d’Anniviers.
A handful of fanatics won the day and the mountain race found its pure chemistry. In 2022, more than 5000 registrants will wear their bibs – “tourist” or “runner” category: participant, choose your side. On the other hand, when Kilian comes down, you’ll be sure to pull over.
But in 48 editions, the trail has exploded and many things have changed. The Race of the Five Thousand has become a pillar of the GTWS (2018). Jornet has written-gummed-written; all athletes have tried it: marathoners, cross-country runners, fell-runners, skyrunners, trailers, cross-country runners, ski-mountaineers, orienteers…
But on Saturday August 11, 2022, these 48 years of mountain strides were reunited. Each one of them had his own style and the stakes were multiplied by ten. But
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