Lina & Sanna El Kott Helander

Trailrunning Successes in Double

Most of the time you meet the two Swedes in a double pack and with a smile on their lips: The El Kott twins have been regulars in the trail running scene at least since their double win of the Transalpine Run. Here are the most important facts about the two blond Merrell athletes, who eat a completely vegan diet.

El Kott Breakthrough at the Transalpine Run

Loose, light on their feet and smiling, that's how Lina and Sanna El Kott Helander's running style can be described. With a victory in the Transalpine Run, arguably the world's toughest trail running team event, which leads across the Alps in stages, the sisters attracted attention in a big way in 2017. With another victory the following year, they proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with, as well as wins at the Pitz Alpine Glacier Trail (2020 and 2021), the Monte Rosa Sky Marathon (2021) or the SkySnow World Championship Vertical, when Lina secured the title as world champion.

Sharing the biggest success in their career to date at the Transalpine Run with their sister as a team was of course special for both of them. And the two still enjoy competing in races where they can compete as a team of two. In July 2022, for example, the El Kotts finished second in the women's classification of the Pierra Menta Eté, which takes place in three stages.

The two also spend most of their time on the road together: During the racing season, they tour Europe together, and during the competition break, the two live together in Åre, which is known as a ski resort. There they also organize the Åre Trail Tour, where you can compete against old and new friends in trail running for three days.

Sanna El Kott Helander on the trails on the road
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