Carlos Sá runs for the pleasure of conquering new peaks, but, more importantly, he runs to exceed his own goals.
At the age of just 12, he realized that running was one of his great passions and from early on he accomplished great achievements in different athletics tracks. At 19 he worked and studied. At that time, his training sessions were done at night; it was a time marked by sacrifice and an adventurous spirit. But over the years his lifestyle got in the way of this routine. Carlos became a sedentary person with his health starting to suffer. In the year 2000 Carlos Sá weighed more than 90 kg and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day.
Fed up with a life he was not proud of, he could hear the mountains calling and after all he returned to the sport starting winning challenge after challenge.
He’s now a full-time athlete that is totally dedicated to what still keeps him alive, inspiring those who follow him on his journey.
Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc a memory, a sensation, an impulse.
The Portuguese athlete’s career didn't begin with Trail Running. He developed that passion with the practice of mountaineering. In 2005, he continued to practice this type of activity in Portugal and Spain and, once again with João Garcia, he lined up for an expedition to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru where he climbed Tocllaraju, Ishinca, Pisco and Urus.
But everything changed in 2006. It was on holiday that he had the first contact with the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.
He felt inspired by Marco Olmo, who, at age 58, succeeded in running through the mountains of three countries and win the race. Watching 2000 people running 170 km without stopping was the first step to seeing Trail Running in a new way.
Feeling free, discovering new trails and landscapes; trying to go further, beyond the limit and always being able to do what he really like is what motivates him at every step.
Running for life
All achievements in the most diverse competitions are important, but the greatest of all was his own transformation.
Hundreds of kilometers have already been covered by Carlos. In every step, in every drop of sweat and in every climb, we are proud to be able to follow him in his most diverse achievements. It was thanks to his determination, persistence, and enthusiasm that we wanted to start running with Carlos.
"It was in 2011 during my internship for my first participation in the Ultra Trail of Mont Blanc that Berg Outdoor invited me to become an ambassador. From the beginning, they showed total availability to provide products that suit my adventures, and it's been an excellent partnership that allows us to evolve together.”
Carlos collaborates with us by testing new products as well as producing them and he has been involved in our discovery of the Trail Running world.