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Stéphane Brogniart

Focus on a ambassador: Stéphane Brogniart, french ultra-trailer

On the weekend of 20-21 May, Stéphane Brogniart crossed the Jura massif by running non-stop, through the marked and recognized route of the GTJ  to establish a reference time. Start from Pontarlier to Saint-Germain-de-Joux. Result: 190 km in 26h30.

Stéphane wore one of our GPS trackers during this adventure.Friends, family, and fans were able to follow him in real time.

Interview of Stéphane Brogniart, french ultra-trailer.

Stephane brogniart
© Rémi Blomme
Where does this passion for trail come from? Since when do you practice it?

Even as a child, I spent a lot of time doing all kind of sports. I am from the countryside and after triathlon I turned to hiking and trail running at the age of 28. My first bib trailwas in 2004 on “les crêtes visgiennes”.

You are mental trainer when you are not running. How does this influence your practice (and vice versa)?

Mental preparation ables me to focus only on why I’m here. Identify the parasitic thoughts that take my mind elsewhere to bring it back there. Because to express 100% of our potential, we need 100% of our attention to what we do.

HOW DID YOU GET PREPARED FOR THIS 190 KM ”TRAVERSEE DU JURA” ?

Like for another race. At the end of winter, I went running for 4 weeks between 20 and 30 kilometers until 2 weeks of the ”Traversée du Jura”. I need this large volume at low intensity to know the gestures perfectly adapted to the terrain, the good resonance, using the least energy possible for maximum results.

Your family and supporters have been able to follow you in real time during this adventure. According to you, what is the interest of a live tracking solution during this type of challenge?

This is for my family and friends a good way to know where I am in real time. They can manage the crew points and inform the public who is waiting to come and run with me. But it is especially a good communication tool for all the people who follow the adventure at a distance behind their screen. It’s fun and gives a nice added value.

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