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Katie Schide and Germain Grangier join Cervinia to Chamonix via Breithorn and Mont-Blanc!

Trail runners around the world are constantly pushing the limits. And it is the turn of the Franco-American couple formed by Katie Schide and Germain Grangier, to achieve an extraordinary feat. The lovers joined Cervinia in Chamonix, on a route of 188 kilometers and 13 meters of elevation gain. A challenge won in just 500 and a half days.

Lhe trail is freedom. Freedom to go where and when you want. Freedom to push your limits and to break records that will not always be approved. The personal challenges faced by the athletes rival the records set in major competitions. Leaving Cervinia in mid-July, Katie Schide and Germain Grangier just wanted to live "An intimate adventure" and "to return to the sources of their love for the great outdoors, to be attentive to the mountains, their capacities, the risks and the need to constantly adapt".

By carrying out this ultra-trail on the roof of Europe, marmots " Katie and Germain once again showed the beauty of this light and airy discipline.

“Adventure and exploration to share as a couple, to meet new massifs, as a simple endurance challenge. "

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Always further, always higher

From Cervinia in Italy on July 19, the “Marmottes” ultra-trail was completely crazy. They chained an ascent of the Breithorn at an altitude of more than 4 meters, before taking the the Haute-Route, and of climb Mont-Blanc! They arrived at the end of their journey on July 23, happy to have fulfilled their objective, which was nothing other than "to share together magnificent and long days in the mountains"!

“It was a pleasant feeling to see the summit of Mont-Blanc, the adventure was almost over! […] We were, really, really happy. The lights were crazy and the conditions were perfect, clear and windless. Onward, we made our way to the top without having time to stop for an omelet at the hut. "

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About Katie Schide and Germain Grangier

Katie and Germain are two lovers of the outdoors and the mountains and seasoned athletes. Both geologists by training, these two sportsmen gathered around their common passions for running, mountains and nature. They are illustrated on the UTMB, the Maxi Race of Annecy or the Transrockies Run. Katie enjoys spending long days traversing the mountains on foot, on skis or by bike. She likes to "draw lines on maps and then see where her body can take her." Germain's favorite playground is the Mercantour park. Originally from the Alpes Maritimes, he always returns to his stronghold after the competitions. For him, the ultra-trail is "the easiest and fastest way to get around difficult terrain and to draw your own lines towards ridges and summits".

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New challenges ahead

This year, the Marmots will be present at Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland on September 12, and on the Grand Raid of Reunion, on October 15th. But beyond the records, it is the sensations, the discovery of wild nature and the sunrises that motivate these two lovers of the great outdoors.

“Now I have lots of other ideas and motivation to go back to some of the places we've been through, to spend more time looking for sunrises like this. "

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Featured image credit: Germain grangier, published with kind permission