Updated: Jun 26, 2019
Our award winning film featuring Damian Hall is now available for general release. Underdog charts Damian's progress as he trains for the 2018 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, or UTMB®, a race which is referred to as the racing pinnacle of the world trail racing calendar.
His aim is break into the elite ranks of the top 10 male podium finishers. The athletes he is up against are professional, full-time runners. Younger and faster, many live and train in the mountains.
The race takes in 171 km +10,040 m ascent and the athletes race through France, Switzerland and Italy.
'I was trying to be like them...UTMB had become an obsession I felt unable to control at times. It’s not just a 105-mile race in the Alps with 10,000m of vertical gain. In mountain ultrarunning, it’s the Super Bowl. It usually has the strongest line-up of any trail race in the world, this year including Kilian Jornet, US speedsters Jim Walmsley, Zach Miller and Tim Tollefson, 2017 Western States winner Ryan Sanders, Spain’s three-time Trail World Champion and Olympian Luis Alberto Hernando, and anyone who was anyone in the sport. ' Damian Hall, in Sidetracked Magazine.