Salomon Running has put the call out globally to unearth the next generation of ultra trail runners, and is seeking applications from Australia and new Zealand trailites.
“Out on the trails and up in the mountains, there are some ultra-runners charging ahead, filled with passion and dreams, inspired by idols or simply addicted to the great outdoors,” notes an official Salomon HQ missive. “Some of them don’t even know how talented they are. Most of them don’t realize that they’re the athletes who will be shaping the future of the sport. Salomon is on a mission to find them…”
The Salomon Ultra Running Academies will be held on three continents:
North America (USA), Europe (France) and Asia-Oceania (China)
People, aged from 20 to 35 hailing from these continents will be able to apply for the continental selection.
8 women and 8 men will be selected for each academy to spend a dream week of training with the legends of the discipline, sharing with the experts of the sports and the Salomon product developers.
The next academy attendees can expect boundless energy on and off the trails, advice on how to manage their sport, both physically and mentally, from athletes who’ve been there and learnt from experience.
“Above all, it’s about sharing the passion. The great thing about enthusiasm is that it’s contagious!” says Gregory Vollet, Salomon’s International Sports Marketing Manager
“The Salomon Ultra Running Academy is going to be an incredible opportunity for the runners that get to attend. After working with the youth at the Salomon running academy I’m excited to work on this new project and being the same incredible experience to ultra-runners. This will be an incredible program that gives the runners a chance to run, train, and learn with their trail running peers. I was lucky enough to be invited to this first edition and get to share my experience and knowledge and am looking forward to working with the runners.”
The Salomon Ultra Running academies will take place in:
- March 2017 for North America in USA (Moab)
- April for Asia-Oceania in China (Linhai) **this Academy is the one that any Australian or Kiwi’s selected will attend**
- May for Europe in France (Annecy)
Registrations will open through a website: http://ultrarunningacademy.salomon.com/ on the 4th of January.
Sixteen runners will be selected for each academy. The best man and the best woman for each one will be invited to participate in the Chamonix 80K in France at the end of June and then to the Trans Alpines run in Germany at the end of August. And then, depending on their talent and personalities, some great projects could be developed for them.
For more information on the Salomon ULTRA Running Academy and how to apply, visit