sebastien chaigneau
Sebastien Chaigneau was born and brought up in the 'flatlands' of France (La Vienne). However, from an early age he heard the call of the mountains, and he looked for the limits of the far horizon. Even as a child it was the wild expanses and the nature, which were the world that inspired him and captivated his attention. Despite living in the flatlands, as soon as Sebastien learnt how to put 'one foot in front of the other' he started 'athletic' school. Training and competeing at national level, his speciality was the steeple-chase.

Bringing together his passions for the outdoors and for athletics eventually led Sebastien to the joys of trail running. This was to become his big love. As he grew older Sebastien started to play the game of endurance - the game that we play when we chance the challenge of an ultra-race. Now living in the Haute-Savoie (Annecy) region of France, Sebastien can take complete advantage of the 'playground' in which he lives.

Over the last years, Sebastien has found his strength in 'ultra-races' and has achieved great successes, most particularly in the Libyan Challenge and the 2009 edition of The North FaceĀ« Ultra Trail du Mont BlancĀ«. He is a head of department selling technical mountaineering equipment, and lives with his partner and has a child. But Sebastien manages to balance his work and home life with an admirable running career. His passions are part of his life, and he takes every opportunity to explore them.
Birthdate: February 23rd 1972

Home: Haute Savoie, Fance

Favourite destination: Everywhere

Favourite Mountain: Alps (but I'd love to go to Nepal, Alaska or the Andes)

Favourite Book: 'Encorde mais libre' by Patrick Berraud

Favourite Films: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter films, La ligne verte etc.

Favourite Food: I love to try different foods while traveling, if don't make a race.

Greatest Fear: In life - to not be there if my family needs me; in a race - to miss the start.

How I Relax: Spending time with my wife and children on the beach in the summer.

Philosophy: Run as long as you can and you will, because not everyone has this opportunity. For me, I live on the energy that running gives me and the support of the people who await me at the end of a race.

What inspires you? The nature and finding animals on the trail or meeting people from diverse cultures.

Words to live by: To take pleasure but only while respecting the environment.

  • 3rd place at the The North Face Trans Gran Canaria
  • 2nd place at the Raid Gravonna in Corsica
  • 1st place at The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail in the Dolomites
  • 3rd place at the North Face Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc

  • 1st place at The North Face Endurance Challenge in Chile
  • 2nd place at the Ultra Trail du Sancy
  • 1st place at the Olympus Marathon
  • 3rd place at The North Face Endurance Challenge in Argentina

  • 2nd place at The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
  • 1st place at the Libyan challenge
  • 1st place at the Grand Raid du Mercantour
  • 3rd place at the Olympus Marathon

  • 1st place at the Libyan challenge
  • 1st place at the Trail des Allobroges
  • 2nd place at the L'annecime
  • 19th place at The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

  • 1st place at the trail Mercantour
  • 1st place at the Libyan challenge

  • 1st place at the Ultra du Verdon (80km with 4000m altitude gain)
  • 2nd place at the Sainte Victoire

  • 3rd place at the Diagonale des Fous (145km and 8500m altitude gain)
  • 3rd place at the Grand Raid du Mercantour