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Picture of runner during the 14th edition of the Grand Raid de la Reunion on Reunion Island

A runner competes in the Grand Raid de la Réunion on Réunion Island.

Photograph by Richard Bouhet, AFP/Getty Images

Kilian Jornet Burgada

Ultrarunner and Ski Mountaineer

Jornet has traveled across the globe for races and trotted more trails than most of us will in a lifetime. In other words, he knows a thing or two about good running destinations. “Some of the places I've been for races are great spots for running,” he says.

One of his most surprising suggestions is Réunion Island, a remote French isle located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. He loves it “not only for its landscapes but also for the warmth of the people, the ambience, and the food.”

Conveniently, there is also an abundance of trails—about 600 miles worth, by some estimates—by which to access it all. Here, the scenery changes faster than a Twitter feed, offering runners an array of astounding landscapes to gaze at, from fields of lentils to cirques of high peaks, forests, and plains, all punctuated by views of a shimmering coastline.


Athlete Bio

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Kilian Jornet Burgada

Ultrarunner and Ski Mountaineer

Kilian Jornet Burgada might be superhuman. He has won more than 80 endurance races and blown away more than a dozen speed records, and is widely dubbed one of the world’s best endurance athletes. On foot, he has crossed the Pyrenees, traveled the length of Corsica’s famed G20 long-distance path, ascended and descended Kilimanjaro in one push, and trotted the entire Tahoe Rim Trail. On skis, he is no less formidable, winning the overall World Cup title in ski-mountaineering racing three out of the last four years.

Kilian Jornet Burgada's Gear Pick

  • picture of Suunto's AMBIT2 watch.

    Suunto Ambit2

    Every competitive runner needs a watch. Jornet's choice: “I use the new Ambit2,” he says. “I like it because it's very light—and you know that we trail runners are weight freaks. I also like the apps it offers. It allows you download the ones you are interested in as well as create your own and share it.”