Race to the top: runner Marcin Świerc triumphs in France
Marcin Świerc triumphed in the extreme mountain race “Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie” (TDS), in 13 hours 24 minutes.
The Pole ran almost 124 km, over a 7000m change in altitude. The race held in the French Alps was part of the prestigious Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) festival.
The TDS is the second-longest run during the UTMB and one of the most difficult. The participants run up to an altitude of 2500m over challenging mountainous terrain, along the ‘Grande Randonnée’ paths crossing though the Mont-Blanc, Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta Valley countryside.
After the race, Świerc commented: “It was an amazing run. The trail was beautiful and difficult. Among the three medallists, anyone could have won. I have never taken part in such a fierce competition. Running from the last point, I told myself, that this will be the best 8 kilometres of my life and so it was!”
Świerc was the first to reach the finish line in Chamonix, after passing American Dylan Bowman and Russian Dmitry Mityaev over the last 8 kilometres by more than a minute.
The 33-year old Marcin Świerc hails from Lisowice in Lower Silesia. A graduate of the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy in Opole, he started running in 2002, moving his focus to mountain running in 2007. He specialises in Ultra (distances above 42 km) and SkyRaces (above 2,000m with a minimum 1300m vertical climb).
In 2017 he came second in the 100km run CCC (Courmayer – Champex – Chamonix) at the foot of Mont Blanc and was the first Pole to stand on the podium at the UTMB festival. In the same year he won the Great Wall Marathon in China.