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Photo credit: François D'Haene.

UTMB Champion smashes John Muir trail record


By Alice Morrison

François D’Haene, has set a new record of 2 days, 19 hours, and 26 minutes on the 210-mile John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The trail crosses the US Sierra Nevada north from Mount Whitney to Happy Isles in Yosemite (California). He murdered the previous record of 3 days, 7 hours, 36 minutes set in 2014 by Leor Panitlat from the USA. The trail has 14,600 metres of positive ascent.

At the end, François wrote on this Facebook page, “The John Muir Trail truly is the adventure that we were looking for. A simply unbelievable trail in a truly wild place. A small, closely bonded team who faced everything with real feeling. I really found my form over this distance and tried to handle all the new parameters as best as I possibly could. I will return with more detail on all this very quickly ... just need time to catch a little sleep and finish enjoying and celebrating the end of this journey ...”

He deserves that sleep. During the challenge, he rested for just six hours in total.

A couple of short months ago, François, came in first at UTMB beating Kilian Jornet into second place. That is his third UTMB title.

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