To maximize his chances of winning the UTMB, the American ultra-running star took a whole new approach: recovery and rest. For Jim Walmsley, no overwork this year, especially after his third consecutive Western States 100 victory on June 26th. If his strategy works, he would be the first American to win the UTMB. Eager to return to Chamonix to try to win the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Jim Walmsley is back with a different approach to training, which he considers smarter. But before taking the start of the most important race of the year, Jim is keeping a low profile. The 31-year-old American ultrarunner is a celebrity. Worldwide. He loves the atmosphere that reigns before each race, the friendliness of the village, the spirit of mutual aid between runners. But given the number of fans, requests, requests for selfies … he is keeping a low profile. He stays out of sight to preserve himself. More than 10,000 runners take part in one of the seven races organized this week in Chamonix, including 2,500 for the UTMB alone, the premier event – 171 km and 10,000 meters of D. The large number of participants, the moderately high altitude, the long technical sections and the ten very steep climbs and descents through France, Italy and Switzerland, make the UTMB the world summit of trail-running. Jim Walmsley flew to France about 10 days ago, but didn’t arrive in Chamonix until August 24. He remained partially incognito Tuesday afternoon – hidden behind his mask, cap and sunglasses. Taking care not to wear any distinctive mark, in particular those of its sponsor Hoka One One. He also stopped posting on Instagram and Strava, to avoid anyone knowing his whereabouts. “There is no other place in the world where you see so many people …

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