UK runner needed to join 7 International runners – 100- miles in June

Ultra D.Day Trail

I was recently contacted by Sebastien Chaigneau (The North Face) to be involved in a project to celebrate the D-Day landings in Normandy, June 6th 1944.

2014 is the 70th anniversary!

The Project

Representing 7 important nations from the D-Day landings, 7-ultra runners will join 7-soldiers from prestigious military academies:

  • The United States Military Academy West Point
  • The French Special Military School of Saint-Cyr
  • The British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • The Canadien Royal Military College Saint-Jean
  • The officer of the Army School in Dresden

14-athletes will run 100-miles together and will stop at ‘check-points’ that will not only allow some downtime but will also allow an opportunity to commemorate past events.

This ‘Ultra-Trail’ will use a majority of paths and trails with respect of the environment and natural spaces.

D-Day Ultra Trail Routes

“Honoured to be named as one of 7 international runners (along with 7 military runners) running together for 100 miles along the landing beaches/commemoration sites of France in June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings that changed the name of our game. Change your game by writing your own rules!” Jason Loutitt

The runners (tbc)

  • CANADA = Jason LOUTITT
  • USA = Dian Van DEREN
  • FRANCE = Bertrand COLLOMB PATTON
  • GERMANY = Philip REITER and Thomas WAGNER
  • POLAND = Natalia SIERANT
  • UNITED KINDOM =
  • BELGIUM =

Schedule

Starting at 0400hrs on Thursday June 12th at Utah Beach, the 14-runners will progress along the 100-mile route with the objective to finish at the ‘Memorial’ in Caen at 1400hrs Friday June 13th.

It’s an incredible opportunity

This is an incredible opportunity for a UK ultra runner to be involved in a moment in history.

IS THIS RUNNER YOU?

If you think it is, please email iancorless@mac.com explaining why you think you should be considered and please provide a running CV.

IMPORTANT: A UK RUNNER HAS NOW BEEN CHOSEN. IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A RESERVE, PLEASE FORWARD DETAILS AS REQUESTED.

Please note:

  • You must be able to run 100-miles within 32-hours, including breaks within the context of this D-Day project.
  • You must be available ideally June 11th – June 14th tbc.
  • All expenses will be covered
  • Deadline for application – January 22nd.

This event will be open to the public and the media. You will be representing your country in a key moment in history. Please, only email if you are serious and committed.

I am able to provide a PDF document that outlines the whole experience with more specific details should you require it.