Trail du Bout du Monde 57k Race Report – Eric Ahern

Photo: Yves Mainguy

Race: Trail du Bout du Monde 57km

Runner: Coach Eric Ahern

Race Date: 07/10/2022

Location: Brest, France

Results: 6:31, 128th out of 500

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3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

Incredible views along the coast. Efficient, well-stocked aid stations (very important because it was warm). Finish line party was like a festival: food, music, attractions for kids.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

My own fault, but I cramped pretty bad for the last 10k. Otherwise it’s hard to find anything to critique. It was great.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

Running by the finish line at 37km in a 57km race is a challenge. The temptation to stop is real.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I was happy with how I paced the raced, even though I blew up due to under-fueling. Up to mile 30, I was steadily improving my position.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Bring electrolytes.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Bring electrolytes.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Although it’s a coastal race, it’s not flat. Over 4,000 feet of climbing in 35 miles. Do your hill work.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

One of the most beautiful races I’ve ever done.

Photo: Yves Mainguy

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Medium. Footing is easy, moderate amount of climbing. The terrain constantly changes from easy trails to sand, to steps, a few farm roads.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Super well-organized. Not a single issue.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Very strong field as this is part of a local series.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Sign up early and get your French medical certificate from any doctor.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Standard European fare. Soda, sports drinks, water, fresh fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, crackers, chips, nuts.

Weather and typical race conditions

July in Brittany can be warm – low 80’s F.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

It’s very exposed, so if it’s sunny use lots of sunblock, wear a hat and sunglasses.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Plenty of easy to access spots for spectators.

How’s the Swag?

Nice tank-top.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

Five out of five. Put it on your bucket list if you’re ever coming to the area.

Want to read more about this race? Check out Eric’s full race write up here on his blog. Eric Ahern is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about him or to work with him, check out his coaching page.