This past weekend Stephen ran one of the toughest Ultra Marathons in the world!! The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc or UTMB. It has a distance of approximately 166 kilometres (103 mi), and a total elevation gain of around 9,600 m. I look up to Stephen as a runner, person with diabetes and as a friend. Before the race began I was nervous for Stephen, I know how much running means to him and why he pushes himself so hard. I knew that he wouldn't quit but was worried what the conditions and elevation would do to him. As the race began I kept the UTMB page open on my phone and on my computer at home. Being away all weekend I was constantly checking how he was doing. I felt like I was following a family member.
Stephen would finish and did so in very impressive fashion. I couldn't be happier for Stephen, I'm also happy for his entire family. It is a family event when you are running ultras, a lot of credit should go to Stephens wife, parents and support staff while he ran the race. As runners we have it easy, it is tough for loved ones to watch the people they love and not worry. Stephen is a true inspiration to myself and thousands of other ultra marathon runners that are living with diabetes. To read the official race report from Team Novo Nordisk click here