ASICS has launched its annual global search for amateur runners to take part in their Beat the Sun challenge, which starts and finishes in Chamonix on June 21st 2016.
The event in Chamonix offers amateur runners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to team up with expert athletes in a unique relay race. The race sees eight teams battle it out around a multi-terrain course to become the first team to beat the sun around Mont Blanc - Europe’s highest peak - in the time between sunrise and sunset.
Competing against each other and nature’s clock, teams have just 15 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds to cover the 150km course. Each runner will complete two relay sections of between 3km - 19km, across varied altitude and terrain - including trail, road and alpine - whilst crossing France, Italy, and Switzerland in the space of just one day.
On April 25th, ASICS will announce 50 finalists for the event in Chamonix, who will then undertake an elite training programme undergoing full preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime event. The final 24 runners for will be decided through a combination of online voting and a panel of experts, before being announced on June 1st 2016. The selected amateurs will then be mentored by an expert athlete from their team in the final month before June 21st, and will also receive ASICS gear for training and race day.
At the event on June 21st, eight teams will be made up of five different continents. The three European teams will be represented by amateurs from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Norway and Poland, while the two American teams will be made up of amateurs from USA, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. Team Asia-Pacific will also have two teams, containing amateurs from Japan, Singapore, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia, with Team Africa featuring amateurs from South Africa, Kenya and Burundi.
Read more about the challenge here.