Higher and faster, at the same time always better: that's the trend for exceptional skyrunner Denisa Dragomir. The Romanian runner won the Skyrunning World Series in 2021 and her success curve points just as steeply upward as her mountain runs. High time to introduce the Merrell athlete on ISPO.com.
Denisa likes to tell that running decided for her and not she decided for running. But in turn, because it all began at a tender elementary school age, when little Denisa desperately wanted to participate in a running race like her cousin and prove to everyone that she could do it just as well as the older kids. Denisa was much too young to start and ran outside the rating with.
At that time, running was more fun and games. But even then, the ambitious girl wanted to get better and better, to learn more and more. At 14, the passion for athletics was then firmly anchored in Denisa. Her favorite discipline in her youth was the hurdles. There she won junior titles over 1000, 2500 and 3000 meters.
The transition to the seniors was not seamless for Dragomir, however. Injuries followed, things didn't go well in competitions, and after a series of setbacks and failures, the doubts came. Denisa Dragomir considered quitting running altogether. But then she discovered running in the mountains for herself.
In 2010 Denisa took part in her first mountain race, which earned her qualification to the Junior European Championships, which she won. Victories and successes at long distances followed and over the years Denisa Dragomir managed to win five bronze medals at the World Long Distance Championships. But it really "clicked" for her when she took her first victory in a skyrunning competition. ".I realized I was made for skyrunning. The adrenaline took over my mind. The mountains gave me the new opportunity and challenge I needed, because I didn't want to end my athletic career so soon."
Now she has been competing in what is arguably the most technically demanding discipline of trail running for more than seven years, but she is far from done. The racing circus leads her to always new venues, which Denisa insanely likes to discover for herself. "Trail running is more than sports. For me, it's about always discovering new mountains, understanding them and respecting them at the same time."