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The runners here at iRunFar would like to welcome all our new visitors from the New York Times Magazine article on Kilian Jornet. If you’re completely new to iRunFar.com, we’re an online magazine dedicated to sharing the people, places, and things that make trail running and ultrarunning so special. That means race reports, interviews, gear reviews, educational resources, general editorial content, and much more.

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Happy trails,
Bryon Powell

Kilian Jornet - Anton Krupicka - La Palma 2012

Kilian Jornet and Anton Krupicka on La Palma in 2012.

There are 33 comments

        1. Max

          Based on the comments on the times article our sport is safe. Normal people don't get what we do or why we do it and no article will ever change that.

          1. Molly's dad

            Sadly i think it will be print, we will hang on to our outdated superficial tourist attration if you don't mind ;)

  1. Scott

    When I read that article I had one of those moments where you feel like you are an insider and your beloved ,band,sport,brand,activity,whatever, is being exposed to the masses for them to adopt,exploit, and ruin.

    Maybe I'm just cynical but it just reminded me of when a band I've been listening to for years all of a sudden gets featured in some stupid commercial and the next day everyone acts as if they've been fans for years.

    It's good exposure for the sport and to illuminate people to the reality that humans can do this stuff…but still it just had that feel to it.

    On a positive note: Hopefully this will be a big breakout for iRunfar!

    1. Molly's dad

      Sport and the mountains are for everyone. As long as people are not trashing the place then the more the merrier. I certainly feel like a better person after spending time in the mountains, the more people that can learn to enjoy, appreciate and work with the natural environments the better for society in general.

      And personally i cant see Killian getting all 'rock and roll' on us throwing TV's out the window, turning up to races still drunk from wild parties and neglecting his training. His mum (and the mountains) would kick his ass.

  2. Matt

    Good for you iRunFar!

    Will be interesting to see if you notice any significant boost in the traffic for the next few days.

    //Matt

  3. bob pollmann

    More and more we find that the explanation for why some human beings are so successful at certain activities is that they are a. born to the right parents/lineage, b. live in are raised at high altitude c. perform lifetime aerobic exercise in that environment, and d. have the desire to perform and enjoy those activities to the best of their abilities.

    1. Guy C.

      yep, I think we underestimate the importance of d. (see above)

      $ 10 bucks there are thousands of folks born in the mountains with high V02max and low heart rates watching T.V. and eating French Fries.

      1. bob pollmann

        Probably not thousands, and probably not eating fries. The low resting heart rate doesn't come without training either.

  4. Johan

    The timing of this article is kind of funny. Damn near two years to the day from when this one was published:
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/born-to-

    I've got a feeling waaaaay more people started running ultras (barefoot, minimalist or fully shod) after that one came out than will try to go out and set an FKT or run up the nearest mountain after reading the piece on Kilian.

    johan

    Quakertown, PA

  5. Paul

    I love how many of the commentators bring the article back to lance armstrong. LA is apparently the only endurance athlete they have ever heard of. I also want to add that we are all our own person, and no one but ourselves gets to choose what we spend our time doing.

    1. jenn

      Yeah, reading the comments was a tad depressing. Nice article, though. I'd kind of expected it to have a patronizing, "look at those whack-a-doos" tone to it, but it didn't. Perhaps because the author is a marathoner and skiier.

  6. Andy

    I did find it ironic that, with all the great pics (here at iRF and elsewhere) of KJ running amid spectacular peaks, they would instead feature the lower half of his 125 lbs in the flesh. I guess NYT knows what sells …

    On the bright side, the article painted a really nice — if perhaps a bit idealized — portrait of an interesting and compelling athlete and mountaineer extraordinaire.

  7. Molly's dad

    Your attempt at "humour" is greatfully received. I do worry that it wont be long until we will see the death of printed material. Don't get me wrong i think that resources like this work much better online and "live" but what the hell am i going to use to light my fire, when all the newspapers go ditial only.

    Also Bryon, can i just say a heartfelt thankyou to you and your team for this resource

  8. Emil

    I read some of the comments on the article at the nytimes page, I couldn't help myself. Some of the responses there were nauseating. Even the psuedo-intellectual wording couldn't mask the ignorance of many of the comments. There were also a few sweeping generalizations based on supposed facts that were of course completely incorrect. I won't make that mistake again. The article itself is of course fantastic. It's a shame.

  9. Sam Winebaum

    Johan, NYTimes is very in tune to emerging trends of all sorts. They have vast resources, talent, and contacts. There is a big, big difference in what the editors see as interesting/important or trending, and often people are profiled, between The Well blog article and this feature article in the magazine. This feature is very significant. I did find it interesting that there is no mention beyond that Killian is the only fully sponsored athlete of how he can afford to live this way, Salomon I would imagine. Now do all or very many Times readers trail run or do ultras probably not but I am sure many run and might have the means and ability to trail run more. I am always surprised at the number of regular runners who ski mountains but to whom running in the mountains just isn't even on the their radar. All of this will probably mean an influx of new runners to ultras and mountain races, to semi organized FKT, etc.. I just enjoy running the mountains and have for going on 40 years.

  10. Dean G

    Interesting to note that on his Facebook page, Lance Armstrong linked to the article and commented something to the effect of: "Best endurance athlete on the planet, quite possibly"

    And I agree with "Reader's Picks" as a way to view the comments.

    I've had several "normie" friends call me to day to say they read the article and asked me was this guy part of the crazy sport I liked…

    …all of them said they were struck by the combination of incredible talent with what seems to be a very down to earth attitude.

    If that's the impression they are getting, then whether it reaches 10 people or 10,000, it's cool as far as I'm concerned. Plus, Bryon as a source for the New York Times… How great is that!

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