Pau Capell


Facts & Stats


🇪🇸 Spain


10 Septem­ber 1991






1st UTMB
1st Trans­gran­ca­naria
1st Eiger Ultra Trail
2nd Lav­aredo Ultra Trail


Few things are as object­ive as Pau Capell’s cur­rent status in the ultra run­ning world. When it comes to moun­tain races, he is the undis­puted best. Giv­en his dom­in­ance over the sport in recent years, it may come as a sur­prise to learn that Pau wasn’t always a run­ner, and that his jour­ney from tak­ing up run­ning to becom­ing the 2019 UTMB cham­pi­on took just sev­en years.

Pau was born in Sant Boi de Llobregat, a sub­urb of Bar­celona, Spain and grew up play­ing ten­nis and foot­ball. How­ever, after a severe knee injury at 20 years old kept him out of foot­ball and essen­tially inact­ive for more than 5 months, Pau star­ted run­ning to exped­ite the recov­ery pro­cess. The rest, as they say, is his­tory.

The learn­ing curve was pretty steep for Pau. He quickly clocked a num­ber of wins at lower pro­file races and recor­ded count­less podi­um fin­ishes before his big break in 2016, when he took the win at TDS at 24 years old, just four years after start­ing the sport.

Since then, he’s notched an unpre­ced­en­ted threep­eat at his “loc­al” ultra, Trans­granaria (2017, 2018, 2019), and has been crowned cham­pi­on at Eiger Ultra Trail (2018), Moz­art 100 (2019), UTWT Patago­nia Run (2019), and of course, the big dance, UTMB (2019). Fur­ther, he fin­ished top of the Ultra Trail World Tour in both 2018 and 2019, and was undefeated in the lat­ter year.

Pau’s philo­sophy on life is to fight for his dreams (his favour­ite movie is Brave­heart) and to love his fam­ily, and he often cred­its his past train­ing as an engin­eer and nat­ur­al prob­lem-solv­ing men­tal­ity as two of the main com­pon­ents to his suc­cess. He cur­rently lives in Andorra with his girl­friend, Marta.


Next Ultra X Event

Ultra X 125 Eng­land

19–20 Septem­ber 2020

For me, it’s a pleas­ure to be a part of the Ultra X Pro Team as their races will be my first try at multi-stage events. I’m excited to meet new, like-minded people, and have some life chan­ging exper­i­ences.”

Pau Capell


Latest News

Pau Capell: Run For The Arc­tic | The North Face

The North Face, Feb­ru­ary 2020

TNF Ath­lete Pau Capell took on his most ambi­tious pro­ject yet, run­ning 250km through the Arc­tic to raise aware­ness of cli­mate change and the dis­astrous impact it’s hav­ing on our plan­et.

Train­ing advice from UTMB win­ner, Pau Capell on tak­ing the podi­um top spot

Get Sweat Go, Octo­ber 2019

This week we speak to Span­ish ultrar­unner and The North Face ath­lete, Pau Capell, win­ner of this year’s icon­ic Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc — a race that includes 171km of trail and 10,000+m of climb­ing.

What We Know About Pau Capell

Treeline Journ­al, Octo­ber 2019

I scoured the inter­net for hours to dig up everything I could find on Mr. Pau Capell. In the end, I uncovered enough to provide a worth­while look into the life and mind of this emer­ging super­star and 2019 UTMB cham­pi­on, Pau Capell.

Pau Capell, 2019 UTMB Cham­pi­on, Inter­view

I Run Far, Septem­ber 2019

After win­ning many oth­er big moun­tain ultramara­thons around the world, Pau Capell won the biggest of them all, the 2019 UTMB. In this inter­view, Pau describes how he ran the race accord­ing to the plan and splits he made before­hand.

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