Global ultra running community loses one of the best to tragic trail running accident
The global ultra running community was greeted with sad news this morning. Andrea Huser, one of the world's top mountain ultra runners, passed away while on a training run in the mountains near her Bern, Switzerland home yesterday.
According to reports, the accident happened while Huser was crossing a stream and she fell 140 metres. Her body was found by police conducting a search after a report that she had not returned from her trail run.
The ultra running community has taken to social media this morning to express condolences and celebrate the life of Huser.
UTWT organisation expresses its condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Andrea Huser who reportedly died in the mountains.— Ultra-Trail® World Tour (@ultratrailwtour) December 1, 2020
"Many of us have had the privilege of meeting Andrea. She won the UTWT title in 2017. A bright and discreet woman leaves us too fast" Marie Sammons pic.twitter.com/6Xu0bQ1Mdf
"So sad to hear that Andrea Huser passed away. She was an extraordinary ultrarunner, some seasons she literally run everything, linking ultras every week. We’ll miss you Andrea. My condolences to the family and friends" wrote Killian Jornet.
Huser had been a lifelong elite athlete, first taking prominence as one of Europe's top mountain bikers. She won the European championship in 2002.
Since 2012, Huser established herself as one of the planet's top ultra runners finishing on the podium in many of the top races including back-to-back second-place finishes at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc and won the 101km Eiger Ultra Trail on two occasions. In 2017, she won the Ultra Trail World Tour.
Huser was 46.