Salomon Internationals running for Ultra fun and results


Some of team Salomon on an easy run early this morning before Tarawera.

Below is the official Salomon media release ahead of tomorrows Tarawera Ultra. Backcountry Runner can confirm that Anna Frost, Emelie Forsberg, François D’haene, Ricky Gates will be running in rely teams (2 teams). Greg Vollet will run the 60km and Mick Donges will race the 100km (paced by BCR!). We still need to confirm what Candice Burt will run.

In the European and American trail running world, the Salomon International team is at the very forefront, scoring 60 race wins in 2012.

But when six Salomon runners line up for Saturday’s Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon on Saturday, the team will be out to have a great time, not just to race hard.

“We’re in New Zealand for two weeks to film an episode of Salomon Running TV, with the Ultra as a highlight of the trip,” said European-based Kiwi Anna Frost.

Frost recently placed third in El Cruce de los Andes, in South America. Last year, she won the Trans-Vulcania (Canary Islands) and The Speedgoat (US), and was second at Cavalls del Vent (Spain).

“Salomon International has a fantastic team atmosphere. It’s a reflection of trail running as a sport. We’re out to do as well as we can, but most of all, we’re out to enjoy the experience,” Frost said.

The Tarawera Ultramarathon offers 100km, 85km, and 60km options, in stunning terrain between Rotorua and Kawerau. Part of the event will be rerouted due to the drought conditions, but with a full field at over 400, that won’t dampen the buzz.

Frost’s teammates running on Saturday are all elites. Emelie Forsberg of Sweden is new to the international scene, but in 2012 she was the multi-nation Sky-Running series short distance champion.

Candice Burt, from the US, has just joined the Salomon team and no doubt will be keen to mark her place.

Salomon’s men are Mick Donges, from Sydney, who won last year’s Tarawera Ultramarathon. Frenchman François d’Haene had an amazing 2012 season, winning the UTMB (France) the Ice Trail (France), and The HK Trailwalker 100 (Hong Kong).

Like Frost, he’s just back from South America where he finished second at El Cruce de los Andes. And Rickey Gates, of the US, won his home nation’s 2012 Speedgoat.

Salomon International strengthens the global interest in the 2013 Tarawera Ultramarathon, but they won’t have it easy. There’s an outstanding field, as the race steps up to become one of the world’s major trail running events.

Elite athletes vying for top spot include New Zealanders Ruby Muir, Dawn Tuffery, and in the men’s race Vajin Armstong. Other world’s best runners include Tim Olsen.

“It’s an amazing sport. When the Salomon team travels to races, runners from other teams often come to join in the fun, just to spend good times together,” said Frost.

“Sharing our passion for trail running is where it all starts.”

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