Peter Engdahl and Abby Hall, winners of the Transvulcania by UTMB®'s Ultramarathon
Petter Engdahl was the fastest. The Swede has been able to meet the challenge he set himself in 2019, when he came third in the last edition of Transvulcania. After 14:00 on Saturday 22 October, Engdahl won the Ultramarathon in a time of 07:10:29, less than two months after having crowned the CCC at UTMB® Mont-Blanc. Behind him crossed the finish line one of the most beloved athletes of the trail running community. Miguel Heras took second place in a time of 07:42:32, completing a great season after winning in Sanabria and Ultra Pirineu in less than a month. Canary Islander Cristofer Clemente came in third in a time of 07:45:32, completing the podium.
In the women's category, Abby Hall was the winner of the main event, and came tenth overall with a time of 08:29:10. The American, third in the CCC at UTMB® Mont-Blanc, had been training on the island for more than a week, together with her team-mate Petter Engdalh. She was followed by the Norwegian Yngvild Kasperson, with a time of 08:47:03, followed by the Ecuadorian Jessica Tipan, who completed the course in 09:28:45.
Yoel de Paz e Ikrama Rharsalla, ganadores de la Maratón
At 7:30 it was the turn of the runners of the Marathon, a 45 kilometre race, with 2816 metres of positive difference in altitude and 3372 metres of negative difference in altitude.
Around 500 people saw the sunrise from El Pico de La Virgen, to start their way to Los Llanos de Aridane.
The runner from Fuencaliente Yoel de Paz Baeza was the first to reach the finish line with a time of 04:04:38. Daniel Osanz Laorda took second place in 04:10:56 and Mariano Mirabel Alviz was third with 04:12:19.
In the women's category, the Moroccan runner Ikrama Rharsalla won in 05:00:09, followed by Moana Lilly Kehres, winner of last Thursday's Vertical Challenge, the inaugural race of the event, who arrived in Los Llanos de Aridane 05:08:40 after starting the race. Deborah Matí was third with a time of 05:23:24.
- The Swedish runner, third in Transvulcania 2019, and winner of the CCC last August in Chamonix, completed the 75 kilometres of the Ultramarathon in a time of 07:10:29.
- In the women's category, American Abby Hall won in a time of 08:29:10.
- In the Marathon, Yoel de Paz and Ikram Rharsalla were the fastest, with times of 04:04:38 and 05:00:09, while Dimas Pereira and Leire Fernández recorded their names in first place in the Half Marathon, covering 28 kilometres in 02:07:20 and 02:41:09 respectively.
Almost three and a half years have passed. Two editions of absence. There was a great desire for Transvulcania. The big day of the event started at 7:00 in the morning at the Faro de Fuencaliente lighthouse, where more than 1,300 runners turned on their headlamps to start running the 75 kilometres that separated them from the finish line in Los Llanos de Aridane.
La Media Maratón también tiene nombres, Dimas Pereira y Leire Fernández
The latest of the three races, the Half Marathon, started at 9:00 a.m. at 2,426 metres, on the Roque de los Muchachos, one of the highest starts in the world. More than 500 runners were able to enjoy one of the greatest spectacles of the Isla Bonita, its sea of clouds.
After a course of 28 kilometres, Dimas Pereira Obaya won the Half Marathon with a time of 02:07:20. Josep Miret Tomas came in second place, with 02:09:39, and Efrén Segundo Quesada, with 02:11:22.
Leire Fernández Abete, third last Thursday in the women's category of the Vertical Challenge, was the first woman to reach the finish line, completing the distance in 02:41:09. Carla Pitarch Albano was second, with 02:45:17, while Yahaira Alonso came in third with a time of 02:51:32.
Transvulcania by UTMB® concluye una primera edición inolvidable
It all started last Thursday 20th October, with a Vertical Challenge which was a new format and which, at sunset, from Puerto de Tazacorte, ascended for a kilometre and a half to the Mirador de la Punta, offering one of the first indelible images of the event.
On Friday it was the turn of the little ones, who enjoyed the sport in the town of Tijarafe, participating in the different races that took place, divided by age.
Saturday was the big day, with the celebration of four distances: the Ultramarathon, the Marathon, the Half Marathon, and Transvulcania somos tod@s, the race for the disabled. More than 150 people from different associations for the disabled on the island of La Palma covered the distance separating the Plaza de Argual, in Los Llanos de Aridane, from the Plaza de España, to cross the finish line arch which, a few minutes later, would be reached by some of the most outstanding athletes of the trail.
In the afternoon, prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category and the auction of the products that athletes such as Kilian Jornet, Emelie Fosberg, Miguel Heras, Azara García de los Salmones, Andreu Simón, Claudia Tremps, and many more, donated to help the people affected by the volcano.
The music could not be missing in this great party and the Batucada BadaKatum made the thousands of people who gathered in Los Llanos de Aridane to welcome all the runners dance. In the afternoon it was the turn of Tihuya Cats, Los Vándalos, and Cabrito Frito, to give way to the acclaimed dj Renzzo Selector who put the finishing touch to this memorable first edition of Transvulcania by UTMB®.