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Two teams beat the sun in an adrenaline-packed finish at ASICS Beat the Sun

by Press Release
Monday 22nd June 2015
Tags  ASICS Beat the Sun   |   ASICS   |   Chamonix   |   Mont Blanc   |   Holly Rush   |   Charlotte Love

Race reports:  ASICS Beat the Sun - Chamonix, June 21, 2015

ASICS Beat the Sun - Chamonix, June 21, 2015

On Sunday 21 June 2015, five continental relay teams featuring expert and amateur runners battled it out in an action-packed running relay race around Mont Blanc, ASICS Beat the Sun

A mere four seconds separated Team Americas and Team South Europe after each team had completed the ‘Beat the Sun’ 150km course, nature’s toughest challenge.

After pushing their physical and mental limits while running 150km on the world’s most extreme multi-terrain course, two continental relay teams were separated by four seconds.

ASICS Beat the Sun - Chamonix, June 21, 2015

In the exhilarating finale, Team Americas crossed the finish in the central square of Chamonix, less than 10 metres ahead of Team Europe South. Both teams completed the challenge in 15 hours and 3 minutes, beating the sun by 38 minutes.

The UK expert Holly Rush and her amateur team mate Charlotte Love both turned in strong performances to keep Team Northern Europe in contention during the first half of the race, but the sun alluded them as the day progressed. There had been drama along the way, with Team Northern Europe helping each other down the final part of the race after injuries slowed their progress.

ASICS Beat the Sun - Chamonix, June 21, 2015

ASICS Beat the Sun includes multiple running environments including Alpine, Trail, Road Running with extreme uphill and downhill race segments. The five relay teams were challenged to race around Mont Blanc, running 150km.

The unique event is a celebration of running, global sporting cultures and team comradery. ASICS Beat the Sun features runners from 17 different nationalities and inspirational athletes from around the world, including Pete Jacobs, a former Ironman World Champion.

ASICS Beat the Sun - Chamonix, June 21, 2015

The teams featured three expert and three amateur runners, with each athlete running at least two sections in the 13 section course.

In spring 2015, the 15 amateurs were selected from nearly 10,000 global runners for their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. All the athletes experienced the most exhilarating race of their lives as the teams had just 15 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds to ‘beat the sun’ before sunset at 21.25h on 21 June 2015, the longest day of the year.

Find out more about the ASICS ‘Beat the Sun’ challenge at beatthesun.asics.com/uk

ASICS Beat the Sun - Chamonix, June 21, 2015

Christian Schiester (AUSTRIA), Finn Vogler (GERMANY), Holly Rush (UK), Benjamin Druml (AUSTRIA), Charlotte Love (UK), Lukas Naegele (GERMANY),


Xavier Chevrier (ITALY), Youssoupha N’Diaye (FRANCE), Olga Garcia Santamaria (SPAIN), Virginia Nanni (ITALY), Genis Zapater (SPAIN), Emmanuel Gault (FRANCE),


David Le Porho (CANADA), Iazaldir Feitoza (BRAZIL), Maria Urso (USA), Elie Silver (CANADA), Edmilson dos Santos (BRAZIL), Megan Kimmel (USA),


Kota Araki JAPAN), Shingo Shintani JAPAN), Winston Ng SINGAPORE), Andy Neo SINGAPORE), Pete Jacobs AUSTRALIA), Jaimielle Jacobs AUSTRALIA),


Abida Ezamzami (MOROCCO), Ali Selmouni (ALGERIA), Vernon Steenkamp (NAMIBIA), DUNCAN KIPTANUI (KENYA), Johnny Young (SOUTH AFRICA), Leilani Scheffer (SOUTH AFRICA

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