The next edition will have a new mode and circuit changes
From 20 to 24 February, the island will once again be trail’s stage and will welcome the world’s best runners
The Transgrancanaria HG ends the year with 3,000 registrations. With two monts to go before the race, the team is working out the details of one of Gran Canaria’s more international events.
Ángel Víctor Torres, Vice President and Sports Counsellor of the island’s government (Cabildo de Gran Canaria) positioned the Transgrancanaria among the best races of the world, saying this reflects the island’s value as a European Island of Sport. The Vice President will once again bet on the race, “in order to project Gran Canaria’s image as a favorable setting for trail in the middle of winter to the outside world”.
In 2019, the race will be held with some new features. There will be a new mode, the Transgrancanaria Youth, for young people between the ages of 15 and 21. This mode will have a circuit of about twenty kilometres, which will be shared with the Transgrancanaria Promo and the Family Trans.
Among the new features are the circuit changes for the Promo (TGCP) and Starter (TGCS) modes. La Promo compartirá distancia con la modalidad Family Trans y la Youth. The Promo mode will have the same distance as the Family Trans and the Youth. Therefore, the 17-km race will start in the Sioux City area and arrive at the Expomeloneras Convention Center, going across the entire coast. For its part, the Starter mode’s starting line will be located in Presa de Chira and its route will coincide with that of the longest distances from the provisioning site Morro de la Hierba Huerto.
The Transgrancanaria 2019 in numbers
In addition to the circuit changes and the creation of a new mode, a few weeks ago it was anounced that in 2019 the Transgrancanaria would give out cash prizes. The first three athletes to cross main mode’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.
3000 runners (2247 men and 755 women) from 64 different countries have already signed up for the nineteenth edition of the Transgrancanaria. From these 3000, 76 runners from 21 countries have registered for the Transgrancanaria 360º, the most demanding of the six modes, with 260 Km and 12 000 m of elevation gain. There are 842 people enrolled in the 128-km-long Transgrancanaria (TGC), 723 in the Advanced (TGCA), 640 in the Marathon (TGCM), 430 in the Starter and 291 in the Promo, Youth & Family Trans.
The Transgrancanaria Marathon will give points to get into the RFEA’s team
Among the latest news is the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation’s announcement that the Transgrancanaria Marathon will be one of the events considered when deciding which runners will represent Spain in the next Trail World Championships, which will take place on the 8th of June 2019 in Thilhos dos Abutres, Portugal.