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Documentary follows athletes attempting to Outrun the Sun around Mont Blanc

by Press Release
Monday 3rd November 2014
Tags  Channel 4   |   ASICS   |   Outrun The Sun   |   Mont Blanc   |   Team Ultra Trail   |   Team Enduro   |   SunsetVine

ASICS Outrun the Sun will air on Channel 4 on November 8th at 07:00am

ASICS announces ‘Outrun The Sun’ – Nature’s toughest trail challenge yet

On Saturday June 21st 2014 - the longest day of the year – ASICS hosted a world-first trail challenge as two relay teams of trail runners attempted to ‘Outrun The Sun’ around the iconic Mont Blanc – Western Europe’s highest peak.

The challenge - to finish the race in the time between sunrise and sunset - was captured on camera and the result is a unique documentary, titled ‘Outrun The Sun’ which airs on Channel 4 on November 8th at 07:00am. Alongside this, the documentary will also feature on Eurosport from October 11th 24th (see notes to editors for full schedules).

The 50 minute film, created by multi-award winning TV sports production company Sunset+Vine, follows the trials and tribulations of each athlete as they embark on the toughest challenge of their careers. ‘Outrun The Sun’ is set to air across over 20 territories globally this autumn.

Using an extensive camera crew, including drones and motorbike mounted cameras, the films’ director, Marc Reeks, and his camera crew were embedded in the athlete’s chalet and dotted around the Alps over the course of five days ensuring every last moment of blood, sweat and tears was captured.

It captures intimate moments with the athletes as they prepare mentally and physically for the gruelling challenge ahead, adapting from being individual trail runners to working as a team and the raw emotions as they complete a once in a lifetime experience.

The unique on-course footage of the athletes in the Alps brings the spirit of trail into the public eye and shows how they had to push their bodies to the limit in an attempt to complete the world first.

‘Team Ultra Trail’ – featuring the world’s best trail runners - successfully manage to complete the unique challenge in 15 hours, 3 minutes and 37 seconds, and in doing so beat the sun around Mont-Blanc by an awe-inspiring 37 minutes.

The inaugural ASICS Outrun The Sun - June 21, 2014

Photos: Team Ultra Trail managed to Outrun The Sun

But the film ends in an unexpected and emotional way for ‘Team Enduro’ – the challenger team consisting of 7 top-level endurance athletes from an array of running disciplines. With time ticking and the sun setting behind Mont Blanc will American Megan Kimmel pull of a remarkable final leg and outrun the sun?

Michael Price, ASICS Marketing Director EMEA, added: “ASICS Outrun The Sun shines a light on the sport of trail running and its fantastic athletes. We wanted to bring this to a wider audience through an adrenaline packed documentary. Sunset+Vine have brilliantly captured the essence of the challenge, bringing to life the personalities involved and sheer impressiveness of human achievement”

Ian Sollors, Head of Branded Content at Sunset+Vine, added: “It was exciting to collaborate with ASICS to tell a story that is as inspiring as it is magnificent. Capturing the experiences of these athletes, as they strived to overcome the enormous task they faced, presented some formidable challenges for our own team. We hope that the final documentary did everyone justice.”

‘Outrun The Sun’ contains inspiring visuals and a heart-warming narrative as the athletes take on 8,500 metres of crippling ascent through France, Italy and Switzerland, tackling temperatures of 27 degrees at low levels and snowy passes at high altitude.

For more information about the challenge go to: www.asics.co.uk/outrunthesun


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