Vlad Ixel is a passionate and highly successful ultra trail runner. Vlad recently represented Australia in the Sky Running World Championships in Chamonix, France. Vlad was selected for the Australian Trail Championship squad following his dominant performances throughout the Asian Pacific Region posting victories in Hong Kong's TransLantau 50,TNF 100 Singapore, TNF 100 Thailand, Hoka One One Kep Ultra 75, TMBT and finishing 3rd at Vibram 100 Hong Kong Ultra World Series all in 2014. To finish off the year Vlad was named runner up Vegan athlete of the year.
Vlad was born in the coastal city of Odessa, Ukraine when he was 4 years old he moved to Haifa, Israel.
At Haifa he spent most of his time outdoors, playing soccer in parking lots, playing tag on the road, racing with his pals up and down the street, and seeking out other forms of activity considered fun. Playing in the streets of Haifa satiated his desire to compete. Soon his father introduced him to hiking through Israel’s hills and mountains and nature trails which are his most fond childhood memories.
When he was 14 year old he moved to Perth, Australia and began a life in what was then a foreign country. It was in Australia that his passion for sport enable him to integrate into the community and he developed a passion for tennis. He progressed quickly in tennis and soon was rated among the state’s top juniors. This did not last and he decided to quit tennis after his17th birthday following a few unsuccessful international tournaments.
He enjoyed normal life with regular visits to the gym and the sporadic soccer game and began to study. He was not really into studying, but study he did.
Then like many Australians he took the obligatory 9-month trip to see the world and travelled in Europe and around Australia but returned to Perth tired of that lifestyle and looking for something more.
It was then he decided to try for the Perth marathon which was several weeks away. With a pretty haphazard training regime of several weeks he still managed to complete the marathon. After the pain of the first marathon he raced his second marathon just a few weeks later.
He was begining to find his 'mojo' for running and after completing that race he decided to take on the Atacama Crossing, a 250 km self-supported stage race across Chile’s Atacama Desert. After finishing in 2nd place, his passion for ultra running was born and before he knew it he was flying around the world racing in some of the most amazing locations around globe.
Find more about Vlad on his blog at www.vladixel.com
a video review by Vlad Ixel for AMO sunglasses at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hml8BHTtu4