30 Jun '15, 6pm

Alex Nichols Wins Big in Chamonix

Alex Nichols Wins Big in Chamonix

When Alex Nichols ran into Chamonix, France, on Friday afternoon, he received a hero’s welcome—and deservedly so. As he ventured through the busy pedestrian mall of this quaint village in the French Alps en route to breaking the finish line tape of the Mount Blanc 80K trail race, he was cheered on by people from at least a half dozen different nationalities. Many were runners in town for one of the other four races throughout the weekend, others were a mix of local residents and tourists who recognized the enormity of his accomplishment. Winning any race in the trail running mecca of Chamonix is a big deal, but winning an 80K event (roughly 50 miles) amid its rugged mountains and the steep competition it draws is an outstanding feat. “The people and the sport here are amazing,” said Nichols, a 30-year-old resident of Colorado Springs, Colo. “People are out there cheering y...

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