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Joe Gray takes 2nd Place in Europe's Most Competitive Mountain Race

Posted by: Ursula Zamora on Monday, August 11, 2014

Once again mountain runner Joe Gray takes a top finish placing second at the super-fast Sierre-Zinal course, third race in the Skyrunner® World Series this weekend.

Joe had the lead for most of the race, unfortunately a fall on the downhill trying to maneuver around other runners had him lose the lead with only 4km to go. Even with the fall, Joe was able to finish the race in 2 hours 32 minutes and 58 seconds narrowly coming in second by just over a minute.

 

La Course de Sierre-Zinal is a historic race (41 years old on race day), set in the heart of the Swiss Valais region in a unique environment with views of five 4,000m mountains. The course, relatively short at 31km and with 2,200m vertical climb, is a mix that attracts runners from all fields. The distance is short for some, long for others. Add a touch of altitude–the highest point reaches 2,425m–attracting skyrunners. Half the course (15 km) is dirt road and very runnable. At 3’ per km this stretch appeals to runners from traditional athletics.

All this makes for strong competition from many different fields.

 

 

 

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