Norwegian Ultra Runner Sylvia Nordskar was a shocking sight to behold as she crossed the finish line of the Mont Blanc Marathon in France. The 29-year old had tripped and fallen on the last 3 km (1.875 miles) of the 42 km (26.25 miles) race and badly injured her nose, causing it to bleed uncontrollably, as the brave Norwegian kept carrying on regardless.
The race is part of the Golden Trail Series and starts and finishes in the famous French ski resort Chamonix. The trail covers 2,540 m (8,333 foot) in vertical and is an incredible arduous trail across the famous Mont Blanc mountain range.
The winner in the women’s field was American cross-country skier Sophia Laukli, while Nordskar finished in fifth. The men’s victor was Rémi Bonnet from Switzerland, with both athletes beating last year’s record times, finishing in 3:34:04 and 4:12:39 hours, respectively.
The Mont Blanc race was the second part of the Golden Trail Series and Germany’s Daniela Oemus currently leads the women’s field, following two consecutive victories. The series continues July 15 in the Italian Dolomites with the ‘Dolomyths’ Run.