Xavier Thevenard, from Jura, France, discovered his natural talent for ultra trail running when he stepped out (without any formal training) won the CCC—one of the world’s most famous trail races—on his first attempt at the age of 20.
In 2013, Xavier decided to tackle Europe’s most legendary ultra marathon: the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. The UTMB is a 106-mile (166 km) high-altitude trail race that winds its way through the alps, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland, and looping around Mont Blanc. Just 20 hours later, he set a new course record. In 2015, he claimed yet another UTMB victory, beating out the second-place finisher by nearly an hour. To date, Xavier is the only runner to have won Europe's trail racing "Triple Crown"—the CCC, TDS and UTMB—on his very first try and cemented himself as a Legend of Mont Blanc. In 2017, he competed in the UTMB again with a fourth place finish. Be sure to watch out for Xavier in 2018 at the Hardrock 100 in Silverton, Colorado on June 20th.
- 1st Place, 2016 OCC
- 2nd Place, 2016 Hardrock 100-Mile
- 1st place, 2015 UTMB
- 1st Place, 80km Mont-Blanc 2017
- 4th Place, 2017 UTMB