Baptiste Robin, Martin Kern and Grégoire Curmer signed the GR5 crossing record on Sunday, which links Chamonix to Briançon. - Simon Dugué
“I think that the reference time of 37.51 hours is largely actionable. Martin Kern had therefore seen just before taking off on Saturday morning, alongside Grégoire Curmer and Baptiste Robin, on the famous crossing between Chamonix (Haute-Savoie) and Briançon (Hautes-Alpes). The trio of ultra-traileurs indeed brilliantly delighted this Sunday the record on this GR5 to Team Salomon, composed in 2011 of François D'Haene, Michel Lanne and Thomas Véricel.
And this is six hours ahead (31:45) of a performance that so many runners have tried to overtake, in vain, for nine years. A dedication totally in line with the announced objective of 32 hours to cover the 202 km (12,500 m of elevation gain). Martin Kern remembers "a crazy adventure, very long and difficult, a real moment of sharing and an immense joy on arrival".
Three ultra-traileurs aim for the record of the Chamonix-Briançon crossing https://t.co/In4Y1zjHnd- 20 Minutes (@ 20Minutes) June 30, 2020
"Baptiste Robin was a real warrior"
"We have managed to overcome many difficult moments together", continues the French ambassador of the Canadian brand Arc'teryx, notably marked by "a very long session of bitumen overnight". His partner Baptiste Robin, who had never faced a race of more than 120 km, sometimes suffered during these 31h45.
"He had to face some digestion problems and he was a real warrior , it's incredible," smiles Martin Kern. This extreme challenge, born during confinement, will soon be accompanied by a short film intended for mountain film festivals. Perhaps it will take more than nine years to see this new record broken.
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