Pre-2011 TNF UTMB Interview with Kilian Jornet

A video interview with Kilian Jornet prior to the 2012 TNF Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

By on August 25, 2011 | 1 comment

Kilian Jornet 2011 UTMBKilian Jornet is one heck of an ultrarunner. He’s already won The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc twice and, as of June, won the Western States 100. This summer, he’s gone back to the European mountain racing scene. It’s scary to think that Kilian considers himself much more of a sub-ultra mountain runner than an ultrarunner. However, he’s been challenged and beaten at these shorter distances this summer. Rather than a detriment, such racing has only made him stronger and faster. Having talked with many of the elite men the past few days, there’s a near consensus that Kilian is the man to beat.

In the following interview we discuss what Kilian’s been up to since Western States, his gear, and the energy he derives from the crowd rather than nature during UTMB.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.