ASICS has announced the 15 amateur athletes from around the world who will be taking part in the annual ASICS Beat the Sun challenge. Beat The Sun returns to Chamonix on 21 June, the longest day of the year. Loughborough University student, Charlotte Love (23), will join Team Northern Europe alongside fellow amateurs Finn Volger (Germany), Benjamin Druml (Austria) and pro-athletes Holly Rush, Christian Schiester and Lukas Naegele.
The opportunity to work together with pro runners as part of a team saw over 8,000 amateur runners apply to take part in ASICS Beat the Sun. The event sees five continental teams relay race around Mont Blanc.
Each team, made up of three pro athletes and three amateurs, will need to relay across three countries - France, Italy and Switzerland - as they attempt to complete the course in the hours between sunrise and sunset. This gives them precisely 15 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds to cover 148km course and ‘beat the sun’.
Charlotte Love commented: “I’m extremely excited to be involved in ASICS Beat The Sun and running alongside so many well-known athletes will be incredible. I started running after I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lyphoma as a way to keep healthy and do something for myself. This came along at the right time and it will be great to have the opportunity to inspire others to get outside and run”.
On 21 June, the athletes will face 8,370 metres of crippling ascent as they take on a wide array of terrains including road, trail, downhill and alpine sections. The athletes will also have to deal with inclement weather conditions ranging from scorching heat to freezing cold temperature, fierce winds, rain and snow, pushing participants to their limits.The course passes through breathtaking yet challenging scenery including the Notre Dame de la Gorge in Courmayeur and the Swiss valley of Champex Lac which combines thick forest, glaciers and fiery torrents.
The route is divided into sections with each athlete completing two sections of between 3km-19km each across varied altitude and terrain.