Kilian Jornet: National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer Of The Year

Congratulations to Kilian Jornet who was named the 2014 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.

National Geographic has been honoring Adventurers of the Year for nine years. For 2014, National Geographic chose 13 individuals as their Adventurers of the Year, including alpinists, community builders, a long-distance swimmer, a snowboarder, educators, and Kilian Jornet. National Geographic’s description of Kilian highlighted him as a ‘skyrunner’ who uses skill sets from multiple sports–such as trail running and mountaineering–to push the boundaries of human ability. National Geographic cites Kilian’s record ‘run’ from Chamonix, France to the top of Mont Blanc and return and his record ‘run’ of the Matterhorn summit from Breuil-Cervinia in Italy, which both occurred in 2013 as examples of Kilian’s use of diverse skills to get the ‘job’ done.

After choosing the 13 individuals for consideration, National Geographic opened up voting for the 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. The public, thus, chose Kilian for this award with over 75,000 votes.

Matterhorn - Kilian Jornet

Kilian running in front of the Matterhorn. Photo: Droz-photo.com

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If you’d like to learn more about Kilian Jornet, we’ve interviewed and written about him many times over the past five years. Here are the highlights, with our earliest interviews and information first and our most recent articles last:

2013 UROC 100k - Dakota Jones - Kilian Jornet

Dakota Jones and Kilian Jornet descending into Frisco at UROC 2013. Photo: Rob Timko

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Call for Comments

  • Kilian is the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year! Did you vote for him? Why do you think he was chosen by the voting majority for this award?
  • Do you agree with National Geographic’s analysis of Kilian’s ability to mish-mash skills from many sports to do things others aren’t doing?
Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Senior Editor, the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running,' and a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine. The converted road runner finished her first ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places. For more information on Meghan and her adventures, please visit her personal website.

There are 7 comments

  1. Max

    So Kilian is once again bringing newcomers to irunfar? sweet.
    The man is unstoppable and is certainly raising the limits of mountain running, the 'crowning' so doesn't surprise me.

  2. Shelby_

    KJ was the first ultrarunner I heard of, thanks to a RW article on him in '09, I think. Started following him on FB and being inspired by his adventures in the mountains. Read Born to Run in 2010. Watching Unbreakable sealed my fate, so Kilian was the first of many to woo me to this crazy sport and I'm grateful. Congrats to Kilian!

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