The 125 km race will begin in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the famous Las Canteras beach and Artenara will host the start of the Advanced distance
Transgrancanaria 125 km race will move to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
A couple of days ago, Transgrancanaria HG revealed that the registration opening date for the 2018 edition will be the 16th of May. Today, the organization is proud to announce some more novelties regarding the race’s course. The event will be held from the 21st to the 25th of February 2018.
After four consecutive years with the start line in Agaete, the ultradistance 125 km race will move to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The renowned Las Canteras beach, one of the world’s best urban beaches, is the chosen place where the runners will begin the new adventure, with the company of the local people who will have the chance to be witnesses of the beginning of one of the most prestigious trail running races in the planet.
“Having Transgrancanaria back in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a milestone for the city, which will have the greatest race star in the capital city”, stated the town hall’s sport minister, Aridany Romero, who added that “the race should’ve never left the city”. The event has an enormous international boost, which means “an added value in the exportation of our touristic destination and our brand as a sportive city”.
Transgrancanaria will maintain the distance of 125 kilometres and 7,500 meters of positive elevation, with a course which will change the first half section of the course. The participants will run the 3 kilometres of the sandy beach, and will head to Santidad Alta, in Arucas, through Los Giles. After reaching Los Castillos, they will enter the famous Finca de Osorio, in their way to Teror, Las Rosadas, Valleseco and Fontanales. They will then head to Pinos de Gáldar, Fagajesto, Presa de los Pérez and climb to el Pico de la Bandera, the highest point of Tamadaba. Through the Riscos de Chapín and Los Moriscos, they will get to Artenara and la Cruz de Tejeda.
At this point, the course will maintain the past years’ track until Maspalomas. This modification is aimed to encourage and stimulate the runners, who will have the chance to discover a wider variety of the island’s territories.
A new distance for the Advanced
The Advanced race will experience one of the most attractive modifications for 2018. “This ultradistance race will change to facilitate the leap from the Marathon to a higher distance”, states Fernando González, sports and communication manager of Arista Eventos, company in charge of the race.
The Advanced course will begin in Artenara and will have a 64 km track with 3,200 metres of positive gain. “Having the chance to host one of Transgrancanaria’s races start offers the opportunity to set Artenara in the world’s trail running map, and reinforces our town as one of the most important touristic destinations in Gran Canaria for this sport”, explained Roberto García, mayor of Artenara.
From Artenara, the runners will go through the Riscos de Chapín and Los Moriscos to Tejeda, where they will connect with the traditional course of the race.