UTMB World Series launches ‘Crossed Paths’ Podcast

April 18, 2023

The first episode featuring 2022 CCC winner, Petter Engdahl is already live on major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, Deezer and UTMB.WORLD

Chamonix (France), April 18, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – UTMB® World Series has today launched a new monthly podcast, Crossed Paths, bringing together elite and amateur runners in an open conversation about trail running, personal beliefs, and more.

Each month two trail runners will meet to discuss what the sport means to them. They will share their passions, interests, beliefs and get to know each other along the way, taking the listeners on the journey with them.

In the first episode which is available to listen to now, top Swedish elite runner Petter Engdahl, who won both the 100km CCC race at UTMB® Mont-Blanc and the 72km race at Transvulcania by UTMB® in 2022, meets Doud Cousty, a French outdoor enthusiast and father of two. Connected like all trail runners through a shared respect for the mountains, the pair discuss their inspirations, how to balance work and their passion for the hills, the love for their families, and their mutual adoration of Bruce Springsteen.

Petter Engdahl said: “I really enjoyed the conversation with Doud and how we found that our passion for the mountains and trail running made our paths converge in unexpected ways.”

Available on the third week of each month, upcoming episodes are set to feature:

  • Adam Peterman, Western States® 100-Mile Endurance Run and The Canyons Endurance Runs™ by UTMB® winner, 2022
  • Fernanda Maciel, Brazilian runner with 4 podiums at UTMB
  • Marianne Hogan, first Canadian runner to reach the podium at UTMB, 2022
  • Courtney Dauwalter, American and top ranked female runner in the UTMB Index, who won the UTMB in 2019 and set a UTMB course record in 2021
  • Killian Jornet, Top ranked male runner in the UTMB Index, 4 times winner of the UTMB 100-mile race

Listeners are invited to be part of each episode by sharing the things they most want to ask the elite athlete on the @utmbworldseries social media channels prior the recording of each episode. The amateur runner will act as the voice of the running community by relaying the most interesting questions.

The first season of Crossed Paths will run for eight months from April to November, with a new episode available on the third week of each month. Produced in partnership with SportCast Studios, the first episode is now available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, Deezer and UTMB.WORLD. Listen to the podcast HERE.


UTMB® World Series

UTMB® World Series is the world’s ultimate trail-running circuit that unites the sport’s biggest stars and passionate runners through the best, leading international events in the most stunning locations.  Built on a passion for the mountains with sustainability at its heart, UTMB® World Series gives all trail runners the chance to experience the UTMB® adventure across the world, with events taking place across Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa and the Americas. It is the only place where runners can begin their quest to UTMB® Mont-Blanc, France, where the prestigious UTMB® World Series Finals will be held. For more information, visit www.utmb.world.

About UTMB Group

Since the creation of UTMB® Mont-Blanc in 2003 by a group of passionate friends, UTMB Group has been the driving force behind the development of trail running. The UTMB® Mont-Blanc is the sports pinnacle event, and every year, 10,000 runners earn their place on the start line. UTMB Group also pioneered the LiveTrail® technology, an innovative digital service that supports the management of endurance races. Revered by hundreds of thousands of athletes, UTMB® has become a global, premium, and leading brand. In May 2021, UTMB Group partnered with The IRONMAN Group to launch the UTMB® World Series, now in its second year, which brings together many of the best international events on the planet to provide exclusive access to the sport’s pinnacle event, UTMB® Mont-Blanc. The UTMB® World Series is built on the founding principles of UTMB® Mont-Blanc: surpassing oneself; fair-play; respect for people and the environment; and solidarity. Find out more at www.utmb.world.

About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including the Canyons Endurance Runs™ by UTMB®, Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB® and Ultra-Trail Australia™ by UTMB®, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.


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