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Joe Grant


Growing up in France, Joe spent most of his time outside, mainly climbing and backpacking. It wasn't until his early twenties that he discovered running as a simplified extension of both of these activities and a fast and light way to explore wild places. He has since become a top competitor on the US trail and mountain ultrarunning circuit in races ranging from 50 kilometers to 100 miles. Last year he showed his versatility winning his first 24 hour track race and completing a 96 mile unsupported run across the Tonto plateau in the Grand Canyon.

Having traveled extensively around the world his favorite mountains to run remain the Colorado Rockies that he first came to know at the age of twelve on a trip to the Maroon Bells. Having fastpacked around Annapurna, he dreams of some day returning to the Himalayas to run more extensive routes across the range.

Joe is primarily inspired and driven by spending time in nature. He is influenced by a multitude of sources from beautiful, wild places to people who offer authentic expression of their relationship with the natural world such as surfers, climbers, artists, spiritual thinkers and philosophers.

Joe runs his own business, Alpine Works, offering avenues and inspiration for people to explore wild places on foot. He writes a blog and coaches individuals for ultra-distance mountain and trail running events. www.alpine-works.com

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