The press conference of the Transgrancanaria event was held at the Dunes of Maspalomas
Las Palmas, February 4, 2019.- The press conference was held this morning at the Mirador de las Dunas de Maspalomas in order to present the 20th edition of the Transgrancanaria HG. Antonio Morales, president of the Island Council of Gran Canaria, inaugurated the gathering by emphasizing the impact of this event within the Canarian society. In his own words: “Transgrancanaria encourages the diversification of our tourism and is a race that keeps growing every year”.
Next, Ángel Víctor Torres, Sports Councilor of the Island Council of Gran Canaria, emphasized on several occasions that this race has managed to stand out among the five most important races in the world. In addition, he added that “among the 150 sporting events that are held every year in Gran Canaria, 24 of these are international, among which the Transgrancanaria excels.”
Inés Jiménez, Tourism Councilor of the Island Council of Gran Canaria, also highlighted the global relevance of this “iconic” event. In fact, “the Transgrancanaria is not only an international tourist event, but also a sports event”, she concluded.
Subsequently, the Counsellor of New Technologies, Public Administration and Sports of the municipality of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Aridany Romero, outlined the fantastic contribution of the Transgrancanaria to the capital city of Gran Canaria, especially, towards the youth, thanks to the newly introduced KIDS race.
Elena Álamo, the provisional mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, concluded by pointing out that the Transgrancanaria “boosts the Canarian economy, adding positive values to the tourism activity of this island”.
In the press conference the following novelties were exposed: The Youth category, a race dedicated to young Canarians between 15 and 21 years old; new routes in the Promo, Family Trans and Youth races and, finally, the cash prizes of about 9000 euros for the winners of the Transgrancanaria 128.
In 2019 we’ll add the Transgrancanaria Youth to the six already existing races. This race will be for young people between the ages of 15 and 21 and will have a route of about twenty kilometres, which will be shared with the Transgrancanaria Promo and the Family Trans.
In recent years, child obesity and sedentarism have been increasing in the Canary Islands. The Transgrancanaria could not remain oblivious to this data and has set a goal for this next edition to promote trail running among the youngest and ensure a future and a generational change. It’s about trying to create healthier habits among the youngest.
Eager to find new challenges and to show other emblematic places of the island of Gran Canaria, the organization will change Promo’s circuit entirely in the next edition. In 2019, the Promo race will have the same distance as the Family Trans and the Youth, a new race that opens this year. Thus, the 17-km race will start in the Sioux City area and arrive at the Expomeloneras Convention Center, going across the entire coast.
The Starter race’s circuit will also be modified. In 2019, the starting line of this race will be found in the Presa de Chira, a spectacular place that has already been part of the Transgrancanaria’s circuit in previous editions. The route will coincide with that of the longest distances from the provisioning site Morro de la Hierba Huerto, very close to the Presa de Chira.
This year the Transgrancanaria will give out 9,000 euros in cash. The winners of the main race, the Transgrancanaria of 128 km and 7,500 m of positive height gain, will receive economic prizes for the first time in the history of the race. These will be distributed as follows:
The first three athletes to cross this dintace’s finish line will receive prizes of €2,000, €1,500 and €1,000 respectively in the men’s and women’s category, for a total of € 9,000. The winners of the other races will obtain prizes from the different collaborating brands and from the organization itself.
ULTRA TRAIL WORLD TOUR
The main race will be part of Ultra Trail World Tour’s next edition and will also be one of the five races that will make up the Ultra Trail Series, which have a higher score in the annual ranking of the Ultra Trail World Tour.
For the island of Gran Canaria and for Arista Eventos, being part of this circuit and being one of the five Ultra Trail Series events means recognition and prestige for the great work that has been done in recent years. Roughly speaking, participation in the Ultra-Trail® World Tour will give the Transgrancanaria, and the island as a destination, an increase in its international notoriety, which will attract a greater number of people and, above all, increase the media impact of the event and the island.
SPAIN ULTRA CUP
This year, the Marathon and Transgrancanaria 128 km races will give points for the next edition of the Spain Ultra Cup, along with the MiM 60 km from Penyagolosa Trails, the Open 48 km from Riaño, the TP60 from Peñalara, the Ultra 62 km Trail Sierra Nevada, the Long Trail of 52 km from Guara Somontano HG and the Binter Marathon of Haría Extreme Lanzarote (44 km).
The Transgrancanaria Marathon has been selected by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) and will be one of the tests that will be considered when deciding which runners will represent Spain in the next World Trail.
In addition to our Marathon, two other races will award points to access the national team; the Reventón Trail and the Marató i Mitja of Penyagolosa Trails.
MORE THAN A RACE
Solidarity and environment
Arista Eventos and Transgrancanaria have collaborated with several NGOs and taken part in solidarity actions throughout their history, providing support to various projects related to education and childhood. Among others, they have helped the Hogar Mantay in Peru, the Canarias Project with Honduras, and the Lidia García Foundation. They also collaborate with Proyecto Hombre Canarias and help a large number of organizers to take their projects forward.
The organization’s concern for the care of the environment is evident in the various actions it has carried out for its protection and preservation. An example of this are the ‘reforestation days’, in which a considerable number of runners help reforest part of the event’s route, planting lime trees and undergrowth species.
Arista, the organizer of the Transgrancanaria, presented in 2012 the first edition of the Transcapacity, a new modthat welcomes all people with some type of physical, intellectual or sensory disability so that they can participate and compete without any type of barrier. The mission of Transcapacity is to promote inclusion and standardization through sports in nature.
The Trail Zone is one of the services offered by the Transgrancanaria HG. It’s a commercial area that brings together numerous stands dedicated exclusively to sports and the mountains. It’s a must for runners and visitors who approach Transgrancanaria’s finish line during the days of the race. It was created so that participants and their companions, as well as the public, can make purchases and obtain information from the various exhibiting companies. It can be found inside the Expomeloneras Exhibition Center.