Running Beyond Boundaries: The Extraordinary Story of Katie Schide

Today I want to share with you the inspiring journey of Katie Schide, an American athlete who has made the European mountains her home and trail running her passion. Katie has fully embraced the lifestyle of the great mountains, living in France and taking on challenges that go far beyond her comfort zone.

In 2022, she conquered the legendary UTMB in France, adding another achievement to her list of successes. But the following year, Katie decided to challenge herself in a completely different competition: the fast and hot Western States 100 in California, an environment that significantly differs from the cool and challenging European mountains.

The short film “Step by Step,” produced by The North Face, takes us into the heart of her journey between these two monumental challenges. Katie Schide, born on February 24, 1992, in Gardiner, specialized in ultra-trail running, winning the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in 2022 and the Diagonale des Fous in 2023. Her story is an anthem to determination and adaptability, proving that every step we take can lead us to new and surprising horizons.

Running is not just a sport for Katie; it’s a way of life, embracing the challenges that come along the way. Her story teaches us that there are no limits when it comes to pursuing our passions and overcoming the obstacles in our path.

So, dear running friend, the next time you find yourself challenging yourself on challenging trails, think of Katie Schide and her extraordinary adventure. Every step is a chapter in your running story, and every challenge is an opportunity to grow.

Happy running!