Five Rut Questions With: Kilian Jornet

It's that time of year where daylight is fleeting quickly, the air is crisp, and snow is threatening to fall in the high country.  It is Rut season.  On Sept 12th & 13th, hundreds of runners from across the globe will descend on Big Sky Resort to push their physical limits on the scree laden slopes of Lone Peak.  To give you insight into who will be running The Rut 50k and why they're excited to come to Montana, we've asked each elite runners five questions.  Leading up to the race we will post responses daily from world class runners such as Kilian Jornet, Anna Frost, Adam Campbell, Paul Hamilton, Ellie Greenwood, Rickey Gates, Luke Nelson, Sage Canaday, Emelie Forsberg, and others including Montana's finest ultra runners.  It is time for The Rut.
Kilian Jornet - Photo Credit:Damien Rosso Droz

1.Have you ever been to Montana? If so, where?
No, never, I’m really excited to visit this state, Pictures looks a really nice mountains,

2.Besides the Rut, what are you looking forward to most about coming to Montana?
Unfortunately this time I will not have more time than the race..I hope the days before I can explore and run on some of the mountains around.

3.What are some of the highlights of your 2014 racing season?
Mostly try top be competitive on short, long and VK world cup races, some mountaineering and some other races as Hardrock.

4.What is it about the Rut that made you sign up for this event?
It’s the final race on long distance world cup, and also for the vertical km one (more in the) series. And it’s a new race I have never done so is always nice to discover.

5. On a scale from 1-10 how much would you say you enjoy running off trail on slabs of talus the size of dinner plates that constantly slip and slide out from under your feet, or better yet, flip up and hit you really hard in the ankle bones and shin?
I think if you have a good foot you don’t hit the ankle bones. I really like technical running. 10.


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