MAUDE MATHYS, A LOCAL CHAMPION
Maude Mathys is a high-level athlete and a mother of two children. She practises the elite sport with ambitious objectives which have been successful, with a number of podium finishes for national and international races for running as well as ski mountaineering. She has lived in Ollon since 2008 and loves the region. It's ideal for training because of its varied terrain. Ever since she started living and training here, she has made great strides! During training, she often runs up to Villars, where she appreciates the many activities taking place year-round.
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR PASSION FOR TRAIL RUNNING?
I started running when I met my husband at the age of 18 (to spend time together), but I already loved sport as a child (track and field). In the beginning, I ran twice a week, then three or four times; I also joined a group. Then came the desire to compete. I started with fun runs (on the road and in the mountains) before finishing my first trail run, Sierre-Zinal, in 2007, in 5:07 (as opposed to 2:49 today! :-) ). I don't exactly remember a particularly challenging trail run because one tends to forget bad times quickly! But I do remember that the first mountain races were very tough and long. I finished at the end of the field and often didn't feel well for a few hours afterwards (vomiting, dizziness). I certainly wasn't used to this kind of effort. In 2009, I started getting good results and celebrated my first victories.