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Decorated Mountain Runner Kilian Jornet Signs With Strava

The Spaniard won nine races in 2014 and placed second in another one.

The Spaniard won nine races in 2014 and placed second in another one.

After a season in which he won nine races and finished second in another, ultra-distance mountain runner Kilian Jornet has signed a deal to become a Strava Pro.

The 27-year-old Spaniard broke the course record at Colorado’s Hardrock 100 in July, stopping the clock in 22 hours, 41 minutes, 33 seconds. The grueling course features 33,992 feet of elevation gain and 33,992 feet of elevation loss for a combined elevation change of 67,984 feet.

Jornet, a seven-time Skyrunner World Mountain Running Series champion, also won Zegama-Aizkorri (Spain, 42K), Marathon du Mont Blanc (France), Sierre-Zinal (Switzerland, 31K), Trofeo Kima (Italy, 52K), the Skyrunning World Championship and the vertical kilometer world championship (France, 42K), the Dolomites Skyrace (Italy, 22K), Giir di Mont (Italy, 32K) and the Rut 50K (Montana) this season. He took second in Spain’s Transvulcania (73.3K) in May.

Jornet, who is also sponsored by Suunto and Salomon, joins a growing list of professional athletes using Strava to track and share data about their training and racing.

Strava members can follow Jornet and keep pace with his training and racing schedule.

“Strava is a really great tool as it allows me to share my adventures with a community of athletes and to see and do some nice loops and trails in the regions I visit,” Jornet said in a press release. “The connection between Suunto’s Movescount and Strava makes it easy to share the trails I’m running and see the training that everybody is doing.”

Jornet is also an accomplished ski mountaineer, having won a combined five gold medals in the sport between the world and European championships.

“I just like to be in the mountains,” Jornet told Competitor before his Hardrock 100 victory. “I love to feel the freedom and to feel the wilderness of the mountains.”

PHOTOS: The Rut 50K Trail Race

The 5-foot-7, 125-pound Jornet was raised in a mountain hut in the Pyrenees and now sports a reported VO2 max of 85 ml/kg/min, which is very high.

“Kilian is an amazing athlete, no doubt about it,” Russell Gill, race director for the Ultra Race of Champions 100K trail running race in Colorado, told Competitor earlier this year. “I think Kilian’s impact is two-fold: He’s certainly a tremendous athlete, truly a unique talent. And secondly, the big change that he’s brought about is moving the sport forward with the support and exposure he’s getting.”

Jornet was the subject of a recent Outside Magazine profile in which he talked about going for FKTs—fastest known times—on mountain climbs across the globe. His next challenge is to run up Mount Everest and set a new FKT in the spring.