We’re looking for an ‘Average Joe’ amateur athlete to win the trip of a lifetime to be part of the 2016 Asics Beat the Sun international relay to run around Mont Blanc in the Chamonix region of France on 21 June. You don’t have to be a superstar elite runner to be part of this incredible race against the sun, you just need to ENTER! Anybody may apply, no matter your running ability, age or gender.
They call it ‘Nature's Toughest Relay,’ but don’t let that put you off, because this is definitely something that YOU want to be part of. Each year in June, on the longest day of the year, teams representing all the continents take on the Beat the Sun challenge, to race 148km around Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. It’s a race against nature, because the starting gun fires at sunrise and teams must finish within 15 hour and 41 minutes in order to beat the sunset home.
The six continental teams will consists of six runners each, who will combine to run the 13 legs of the relay, and each team will consist of both elite professional athletes as well as amateur athletes who have won a place on their continental team. Thus Asics South Africa will be sending two athletes from South Africa to France to be part of Team Africa – one elite and one amateur – and that is why YOU now have this incredible opportunity to enter this once-in-a-lifetime competition in conjunction with Modern Athlete magazine!
You don’t even have to be an expert trail runner to enter, because some of the legs of the relay are mostly downhill and tarred, while others are really testing mountain climbs, and the amateurs in each team will be given the less challenging legs. Last year’s winner of the amateur slot in the African team, Leilani Scheffer of Rustenburg, ran legs 6 and 13, which were a 12.5km downhill road section and a 5km downhill trail section respectively. As you can see on the route profile below, she was not asked to go climb a mountain, so you too can take on this challenge. Just enter!
Oh yes, along with the experience of running with and learning from Africa's top athletes, the winner of the competition will be provided with the best ASICS trail running footwear and apparel to battle it out with the sun, and you’ll get to spend some time in one of the most stunning parts of the world.
So get your entry in TODAY! Go to http://beatthesun.asics.com to register for the Challenge and your name may come up for this incredible prize. You can also watch videos of last year’s inaugural Beat the Sun on the site – and once you watch that, we know you will want to enter this incredible competition to be part of Beat the Sun 2016!