All Systems Go for ASICS Beat the Sun Relay Race

On Sunday 21 June 2015, five continental relay teams will push their limits as they take on Nature’s Toughest Challenge, ASICS Beat the Sun.

The teams, each consisting six runners, will attempt to beat the sun around Mont Blanc. The race starts at 05h44 at sunrise in Chamonix and the teams will have just 15 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds to cover 150km before sunset at 21h25.

The continental teams will represent America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, with two teams from Europe. Each team will contain three expert athletes and three amateurs.

Over the last 8 weeks, the amateur athletes selected from nearly 10,000 global runners have been preparing for their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

They have been training intensively by following a dedicated plan from ASICS’ trail team and receiving mentoring with the expert athlete from their country. ASICS has also ensured every athlete is fully prepared by providing nutritionists, osteopaths and meteorologists.

Demonstrating the different backgrounds of the athletes taking part, here are a few examples:

  • Amateur – Policewoman and a former Spanish National Taekwondo Champion (Olga Garcia from Spain, Team Southern Europe)
  • Amateur – Retired captain in the U.S. Army and currently a Medical Science Liaison (Maria Urso from USA, Team Americas)
  • Amateur – UK University student who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and ran to make herself feel better during and after treatment (Charlotte Love from UK, Team Northern Europe)
  • Expert – Ironman World Champion 2012 (Pete Jacobs from Australia, Team Asia Pacific)
  • Expert – Former World Snowshoe Champion (David Le Porho from Canada, Team Americas)

All athletes will be pushed to their limits as ASICS Beat the Sun is the only race that includes multiple running environments including Alpine, Trail, Road Running with uphill and downhill race segments.

The Athletes will face 8,350 metres of crippling ascent – the equivalent to tackling Mount Everest – whilst dealing with inclement weather conditions. Temperatures will range from over 25 Degrees Celsius at low level to minus 5 Degrees Celsius at altitude.

Fans of the unique running relay can stay updated by following the real-time race information on the ASICS Beat the Sun website ( Each athlete will be fitted with a GPS tracking device so fans can feel close-to-the-action via the live athlete tracker on the event website.

ASICS will also be sharing live images using the #ASICSBeatTheSun across its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

A dedicated TV-documentary about the challenge, to be broadcast globally in late 2015, will be created by award winning production company Sunset + Vine during the event. This follows the success of the ‘ASICS Outrun the Sun’ documentary in 2014 which was broadcast in over 15 countries worldwide.

Full list of athletes participating in ASICS Beat the Sun:

Team Northern Europe

Expert athletes: Holly Rush (UK), Christian Schiester (Austria), Lukas Naegele (Germany)

Amateur runners: Charlotte Love (UK), Finn Vogler (Germany), Benjamin Druml (Austria)

Team Southern Europe

Expert athletes: Emmanuel Gault (France), Genis Zapater (Spain), Xavier Chevrier (Italy)

Amateur runners: Youssoupha N’Diaye (France), Olga Garcia Santamaria (Spain), Virginia Nanni (Italy)

Team Americas

Expert athletes: Megan Kimmel (USA), Iazaldir Feitoza (Brasil), David Le Porho (Canada)

Amateur runners: Maria Urso (USA), Elie Silver (Canada), Edmilson Santos (Brasil)

Team Africa

Expert athletes: Johnny Young (South Africa), Francis Njenga Kihara (Kenya), Abida Azamzami (Morocco)

Amateur runners: Leilani Scheffer (South Africa), Vernon Steenkamp (Namibia), Mohamed Labquira (Morocco)

Team ASIA Pacific

Expert athletes: Kota Araki (Japan), Andy Neo (Singapore), Pete Jacobs (Australia)

Amateur runners: Shingo Shintani (Japan), Winston Ng (Singapore), Jaimielle Jacobs (Australia)

Further information on the course is available at

For South African comments and updates follow @ASICS_ZA #ASICSBeatTheSun

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