Elite Inside #5 feat. Joe Grant
The Ultra-Trail® World Tour offers support (travel, accommodation & race entries) to elite runners in collaboration with participating events.
All of the selected runners have proven to be top-notch athletes.
- They have shown extreme endurance, both physically and mentally
- They have respected the values of trail-running
- They have contributed to develop the global ultra-trail community
More information about the UTWT Elite Athlete Support Program can be found HERE!
In the 2015 series of interviews, the Ultra-Trail® World Tour will give a little inside about some of the runners who received support.
Buff, inov-8, Arc’teryx, Drymax, Julbo, Tailwind Nutrition
3 Best Results:
- Hardrock 100 2nd (2012)
- Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 2nd (2013)
- White Mountains 100 1stCR (2014)
2014 UTWT Ranking:
1st season in 2015
Goals for 2015/2016:
- Race well at UTWT races in 2015
- Include a few FKT attempts in 2016
Best memory from trail-running:
It’s really hard to just pick one. Every year at Hardrock is a good time.
Why have you chosen this sport?
I love being in the mountains and running is a simple way to engage directly with nature.
How long have you been running (ultra-) trail races?
Which is your favourite race of the UTWT? And why?
This year I’m most excited about Western States because of the history and it’s a race that I haven’t done before.
Do you have any recommendations for preparing/running an ultra-trail?
Be consistent and enjoy the process of preparing for the event.
What is your favourite proverb?
« …it’s the small things in life. »
Do you have a habit you always follow before a race?
I just prepare for the specifics of the race from the necessary gear, to understanding the course and organizing my check point supplies.