News: “God” takes on the Transvulcania Naviera Armas 2016

Last updated: 19-Jul-18

By Alice Morrison

Bruno Brunod, famous for his double win of the Skyrunning World Cup in 1996 and 1998 is to run in the Transvulcania Naviera Armas in May 2016.

Bruno will tackle the ultra marathon distance of 74 km. He will be accompanied by his son Mathieu, who has registered for the half marathon (24 km). Kilian Jornet has said about Bruno: “To me and all the rest of mountain runners, he is God”.

Bruno, from Italy was brought up in the Alps and started off as a cyclist. Even though he didn’t get his first bike till he did his military service, he went on to ride with the legendary Claudio Chiapucci.

He found that cycling wasn’t for him and went home where he worked as a stonemason but spent his spare time running up and down mountains. He first burst on to the international scene when he clocked an outstanding record for running Mount Cervino at 4,478 metres (known as the Matterhorn on the Swiss side), which would last for nearly two decades. He did it up and down in 3 hours and 14 minutes from the village of Cervinia, almost 2,500 meters below.

A year later he would become the first winner of the Skyrunning World Cup. He is also known for his long standing records at Cervino, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua.

He says of the Transvulcania Naviera Armas, “Since the last race I won in 2004, no less than twelve years ago, I’ve seen how the level of competition has been steadily rising, whereas the participants have gone from a few to the thousands”.

Here’s a taster of the race:

"To me and all the rest of mountain runners, he is God (Kilian Jornet)"

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