Transgrancanaria is an annual footrace on the island of Gran Canaria, since October 2003.
The Transgrancanaria takes place in February, and has six different races, making it accessible for runners of all levels.
The course has the same finish for everyone in Meloneras, in the South of Gran Canaria, and will be fully marked to avoid errors.
The first competitors will finish in daylight and the last will finish in darkness.
You will cross the island, passing through several aid stations where you can replenish your water and food supplies.
Expect rain, sun, mud, dust and beautiful nature.
The first edition of Transgrancanaria in October 2003 had a total of 65 participants.
Over the years it has grown to 3.979 athletes, walkers, joggers and nature lovers in 2018 from more 71 countries.
This year 1.913 runners are coming from outside Spain, almost twice as much as in 2016.
The Transgrancanaria is the pioneer of this kind of event in the Canary Islands. Arista, the organizer of the race, has placed Transgrancanaria as one of the main highlights on the national, European and even the World stage.
Transcapacidad is the most special part of Transgrancanaria; a category for those with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities. The goal of Transcapacidad is to promote sports and nature for everyone in an inclusive way, with the idea of showing the world the values of solidarity and respect for the environment. The participants of this category have a 50% discount in registration, as well as their guides if they need one.
Date: 21-25 February 2018
Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Race distances: 265km, 125km, 64km, 42km, 30km, 17km
360º: DISTANCE: 265 KM. ELEVATION: + 13.500 M. 100 HOURS
TRANSGRANCANARIA: DISTANCE: 125 KM. ELEVATION: + 7.500 M. 29 HOURS
ADVANCED: DISTANCE: 64 KM. ELEVATION:+ 3.200 M. 15 HOURS
MARATHON: DISTANCE: 42 KM. ELEVATION: + 1.000 M. 12 HOURS
STARTER: DISTANCE 30 KM. ELEVATION: + 750 M. 10 HOURS
PROMO / FAMILY TRANS: DISTANCE 17 KM. ELEVATION: +- 300 M. 6 HOURS
The challenging 265km Transgrancanaria 360º starts and finishes in Maspalomas and is limited to 200 participants. The Advanced, a 64-kilometer race, will start from Artenara. This race will score for the RFEA Spanish Trail Championship, and 950 runners will participate. The Transgrancanaria 125 will start form La Puntilla in the Las Canteras beach. 1100 runners will participate in this distance.
Transgrancanaria 360º – 265K
An individual, self-sufficiency challenge, with 265 km and 13.500 meters of positive elevation. It is a high difficulty course with the start and finish line in Maspalomas, with a limitation of 100 hours.
You must master orientation techniques, the capability to deal with drastic changes of weather condition, ability to assist other runners in case of emergency, tolerance to fatigue and lack of sleep and food, to be accepted in the race.
The course will not be marked. Runners must follow the track that the organization will hand out before the race.
You should plan your own resting periods and feeding hours. Along the course, there will be basecamps to get some food and have the chance to rest.
You can purchase food and beverages in stores along the course.
External assistance will only be allowed in the basecamps. Any external assistance that runners receive during the track will be punished.
Transgrancanaria – 125K
The Transgrancanaria not intended only to test the elite, but is an event for everyone, which is why you have 30 hours to complete it. The first competitors will finish in daylight and the last will finish in darkness, however, all will pass through the aid stations ensuring the competitors’ safety and comfort.
The mother of all races, every proper runner desires to overcome this engaging physical test.
Take your time to delight yourself in the most remarkable landscapes in Gran Canaria as you challenge the course on foot in less than 30 hours. You won’t be alone, of course. Spectators and other runners will support you from start to finish, as they all acknowledge and respect the strong will to overcome one’s limits that is necessary to tackle this challenge.
The Advanced 64K course traverses the island through the valleys from the dry west to the greener wetter north.
Every race has a different final cut-off time:
Promo/Family Trans: 6hrs
Only if you are planning to run the Transgrancanaria 125km, when filling the application you must prove that you have ended a race over 50km in the past two years.
If you are willing to participate in the 360º race, you will have to fill a form that the organization will evaluate in order to accept your candidacy for the race.
For the 360º, Transgrancanaria 125 km and the Advanced 64 km races you will also have to submit a medical certificate.
Transgrancanaria HG is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® (UTMB):
Transgrancanaria 360º will give 6 ITRA points.
The Transgrancanaria 125 km race gives you 6 ITRA points.
The Advanced 64 km will give you 3 ITRA points.
The Marathon will give 2 ITRA points.
The Starter will give you 1 ITRA point.
Transgrancanaria HG is also part of the Ultra-Trail World Series.
Ultra-Trail World Tour is the unique international circuit for ultra trail running races of more than 100k, on diverse terrains with various difficulties for runners of all levels, on several continents.
Registration for 2018 is closed.
Registration for Transgrancanaria HG 2019 will probably take place between 15 May 2018 and 22 January 2019.
$5,000 for both female and male race winners
$2,000 for the second ones
$1,500 for the third place
$750 for the fourth place
$500 for the fifth place
Every participant get’s a t-shirt and all finishers receive a gift.
Pau Capell and Azara Garcia, both from Spain, were in the lead from the very beginning and won the race with respectively 13:21:03 and 16:25:20.
Returning champions Caroline Chaverot and Didrick Hermansen were expected to climb the podium again. Didrick did manage and became 3rd by running a strong second half, but Caroline was lacking energy and had to step out.
Pau Capell and Nuria Picas have beaten the previous records of the 125km and Marathon races respectively.
A total of 74 athletes completed the 265 km course.
The video in this article is embedded with permission of the Transgrancanaria organization, which holds all copyrights.
Also published on Medium.