From Cirque de Soleil to the Marathon of Sands, athlete doesnt slow down
Chloe Lanthier-Brandner can always surprise you.
As one of the worlds premier endurance athletes, theres no challenge that she wont meet head on. Shes completed the 300-kilometre Marathon of Sands across the northern Sahara desert twice. Shes raced the Iditabike Extreme event in Alaska four times. Shes competed in the Eco-Challenge twice and was one of the original solo superstars of the 24 Hours of Adrenalin mountain bike series.
As a professional coach and physical trainer, she has also helped motivate numerous athletes to reach new levels in sport and endurance. She runs camps in Whistler, Steamboat Springs, Colorado and in Califon, New Jersey, and leads workshops and clinics all over. Her list of achievements, credentials and results would run over several pages.
But she can still surprise you.
Since her marriage two years ago to another elite endurance athlete, Lanthier-Brandner has been spending more time running outdoor training schools in the U.S., and working with athletes in her studio in the mountains outside New York City. Most recently she has been spending time working with contortionists from the Cirque de Soleil troop out of Vancouver, improving their flexibility, strength and overall fitness.
Now she is back at her home in Pemberton, working for Advanced Physiotherapy in Whistler, and plans to spend a long time here getting reacquainted with the mountains, working with athletes, training for events, competing in select races, and developing her own clinics and outdoor school programs.
"Im really looking forward to being back in the community full time," said Lanthier-Brandner. "Theres really nothing like it. Ive been fortunate to go to a lot of places in the world, beautiful places with mountains like these ones, but I always feel most at home here.
"The people are so outdoorsy and so active, and theyve always been very supportive of me and my racing. Their love for the mountains inspires me."
The question she gets asked most often now that shes back in the fold is what have you been up to? It takes a while for Lanthier-Brandner to answer.
In between camps and studio work with the worlds top contortionists, Lanthier-Brandner has mainly been focussing on her running, with a few long-distance bike events mixed in for good measure.
Last summer she competed in La Ruta de los Conquistadores, a three-day, 300 mile mountain bike race across Costa Rica.
This summer she earned a silver medal and two bronze medals competing in Europe in a high altitude ultra trail running series.