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Run or Dieby Kilian Jornet
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Shortlisted for the 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2014
"The most dominating endurance athlete of his generation." — The New York Times
An exceptional athlete. A dominating force. An extraordinary person.
Kilian Jornet has conquered some of the toughest physical tests on the planet. He has run up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro faster than any other human being, and struck down world records in every challenge that has been proposed, all before the age of 25. Redefining what is possible, Jornet continually pushes the limits of human ability, astonishing competitors with his near-superhuman fitness and ability.
Born and raised at 6,000 feet above sea level in the Spanish Pyrenees, Jornet climbed an 11,000 foot mountain — the highest mountain in the region — at age 5. Now Jornet adores the mountains with the same ferocity with which he runs them. In Run or Die he shares his passion, inviting readers into a fascinating world rich with the beauty of rugged trails and mountain vistas, the pulse-pounding drama of racing, and an intense love for sport and the landscapes that surround him.
In his book, Jornet describes his record-breaking runs at Lake Tahoe, Western States 100, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, and Mount Kilimanjaro--the first of his ambitious Summits of My Life project in which Jornet will attempt to break records climbing the highest peaks on each continent.
In turns inspiring, insightful, candid, and deeply personal, this is a book written from the heart of the world's greatest endurance runner, for whom life presents one simple choice: Run. Or die.
"Trail running's first true breakout star...[Jornet] has yet to find a record he can't shatter." — Runner's World
Kiss or kill. Go for glory or die trying.
This is the extreme philosophy of an extreme athlete. A hero. An extraordinary person. An exceptional competitor. Kilian Jornet is a world champion ultra-runner, and before age 25 had conquered some of the toughest physical tests on the planet. He has run the great Mt. Kilimanjaro faster than any other human being, and struck down world records in every challenge that has been proposed.
Run or Die is not just Jornet's story, but his philosophy of life.
About the Author
Kilian Jornet is a Spanish ultra runner, ski mountaineer, mountain biker and daredevil. He is a three-time champion of The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc and the 2011 winner of the oldest and most-respected ultra race in the United States, the Western States Endurance Run. He lives in Catalonia, Spain and runs all over the world.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Skyrunner's Manifesto
1: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
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