Sky runner Kilian Jornet Burgada is the 2014 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. The announcement was made yesterday, February 12, 2014. Starting last November 2013, National Geographic readers were asked to vote for and promote their favorite adventurer of the year. It brought on the most tallied votes than ever before, and the decision was a difficult one with so many phenomenal adventurers, but Kilian Jornet triumphed with the most votes.
You have your leisure runners, marathon runners, ultra marathon runners, and then you have Kilian Jornet. This machine of a man does mountain running/sky running like no one’s business. He is one of the best endurance athletes in the world. He’s not only a runner, but also a ski mountaineer, a mountain biker and a duathlete (mountain running and mountain biking).
The mountains and nature have been a part of Kilian Jornet since he was born in Sabadell, Catalonia (Spain). He grew up on a mountain refuge at 2,000 meters (Cap de Rec Cerdanya) where he did mountain and snow sports with his family. His quest as an endurance athlete actually began with ski mountaineering. At 13-years-old, he joined the Ski Mountaineering Technical Center where he trained hard and participated in competitions. It was from the people of the ski mountaineering world where he discovered mountain racing.
Jornet is a champion of the Sky Runner World Series from 2007-2010. He is the 2013 Sky Series Champion and Ultra Series, Transvulcania Ultramarathon winner. He holds the fastest known time ascending and descending the Matterhorn with a time of two hours, fifty-two minutes, beating out the 1995 record of Bruno Brunod by 20 minutes. Jornet is the author of the book “Run or Die” which shares his intense love for the sport. His personal adventure and project, Summits of My Life, back in 2012, was a focus on the world of mountaineering and centered on Jornet’s values and his way of living in the mountains. This experience as well as experiences from recent years inspired his second book, “The Invisible Border.”
“Being designated adventurer of the year by National Geographic is very important to me. It is an acknowledgement from the publication I have read since I was very young which shares the same values that I hold dear: Nature and adventure,” states Kilian Jornet. “The most exciting aspect of this prize is that it is awarded by the general public. For this reason, I would like to thank all those who voted for me and all those who have supported me since I became involved in this sport. Feeling that what I do can inspire others and drive them to go out and fulfil their dreams is truly motivating and important.”
Congratulations to Kilian Jornet for winning the National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for 2014, and for the numerous accomplishments he has made! For more information on Kilian Jornet, please visit his Web site.