The Crazy History of Trail Running


Who is the first "trailer"? Perhaps Philippidès, who is presented as the father of the marathon: not only did he not die on arrival but he probably ran 200 kilometers more than the regulatory 42. Possibly Malcolm III, King of Scotland who organized an endurance race in the Highlands in the 11th century. Perhaps a bushman exhausting the antelope in the race, an unknown Tarahumara, a British "pedestrian" swallowing the miles to exhaustion...

Jean-Philippe Lefief, translator of the bestseller Born to run , drew on his experience as a trailer and an erudite journalist to connect in a single story these stories from the past where endurance goes beyond the limits. And make them rhyme with his own sensations as a triple finisher of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.