ASICS have launched a global search for amateur runners to take part in a race billed as 'nature's toughest relay'. Beat the Sun returns to Chamonix on 21 June, the longest day of the year, and challenges participants to work together to 'beat the sun' around the iconic Mont Blanc.
The event will see five continental teams battle it out against each other, giving them just 15 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds to cover 148km between them. Each team will contain three professional athletes and three amateurs, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland.
The teams of six will represent America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, with two teams from Europe. As a result, ASICS is looking for a total of fifteen amateurs to put their name forward for selection, with six chosen from across Europe (one from each of UK, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), three from America, three from Africa and three from Asia-Pacific.
The chosen amateurs will be selected based on running ability as well as their motivation to take on the challenge. Once selected, they will then be mentored by a professional athlete from their continent team in the two months prior to the event. They’ll receive expert advice and bespoke training plans from ASICS’ Trail Team and will be kitted out in top of the range ASICS trail footwear and apparel.The course will be divided into sections with each athlete completing two sections of between 3km-19km each across varied altitude and terrain.
For more information, go to the Beat the Sun website.