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LtW & Alexis Berg: Running Through History

LtW & Alexis Berg: Running Through History

Running Through History – A Like The Wind characteristic at the Mount Gaoligong Ultra

Photography via Alexis Berg

This tale first seemed in Like the Wind #14

Through the foothills of the Himalayas and round a few of China’s maximum biodiverse forests, a brand new extremely race burst directly to the racing calendar on the finish of 2016. With the backing of the Badwater logo, competition knew the 168km tournament used to be by no means going to be simple, however the Mount Gaoligong Ultra combines technical territory with breathtaking landscapes undiscovered via mass tourism.

The Mount Gaoligong Ultra follows mountain trails up and down just about nine,000m from Tenchong throughout the Mount Gaoligong National Park, wealthy with bushes, ferns and natural world together with the pink panda. One of the goals of the race used to be to attract the sector’s consideration to this shocking space of China, however historical past is as a lot part of the course as geography. While sections of the race minimize around the mythical Silk Road, the world round Tenchong used to be additionally massively important all through the Second World War, the place American pilots flew bold missions in an effort to disrupt the Japanese provide line.

Over the 36 hours of the inaugural tournament, photographer Alexis Berg captured the essence of the race: from the wonderful thing about the terrain to the response of the indigenous inhabitants to the global circus that surrounds a big extremely. Following the response to the primary tournament, the extremely international will go back to Mount Gaoligong in spring 2018.

Above: The opening rite lawsuits

Locals attend and spectate alongside the course

Above and beneath: A novel setting – the beginning and end spaces within the town of Tenchong

Near the Myanmar border, the Gaoligong Mountains (高黎贡山) are a hidden treasure

Above: The tournament presented runners a novel viewpoint of the native tradition and geography

Above: The rural course attracted many spectators

Above: Catra Corbett completes the race

Below: Spectators look ahead to the coming of the final runners; about 60 runners participated on this inaugural tournament

Alexis Berg is a photographer and director

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