The Race’s self-protection plan has identified the areas with a higher rate of withdrawals and will make the most of it to reduce it with plenty of preventive measures
Transgrancanaria 360º runners will be geolocated twenty-four hours a day by GPS trackers as this is the most challenging of the races
Transgrancanaria HG is nowadays one of the most valued and sought-after races in the world on the grounds that, among other key elements, safety is more than assured in the progress of its different races. “The legal framework of the Canary Islands controlling public shows is one of the most demanding ones in both Spain and the rest of the world”, Aythami Saavedra, responsible for Gesemecri (the company ruling the emergency and risk control management and service) reminded.
Thus, Transgrancanaria HG’s Self-protection Plan has been designed at its most legal demand so as to reduce as much as possible the odds of any kind of risk for runners. “It is the best way of performing such a complex and relevant activity”, Saavedra said, although it is not compelled to take actions to this safety extent by the local legal framework.
Despite the fact that communicating by phone is not possible in the whole of the race area given its wide extension, radio coverage is more than assured from beginning to end, just like last year’s edition. This is why the safety plan will strengthen the communication network by implementing more elements and devices.
The novelty this year is Transgrancanaria 360º, a self-sufficiency challenge with 265 km and 16.500 meters of positive elevation, for which exceptional actions have been taken to ensure runners’ safety. “This is the most challenging race in terms of technology and communication coverage as participants are intended to go across almost the entire island”, he stated. Therefore, a satellite tracking system geolocating runners twenty four hours a day will be deployed by the race’s self-protection plan.
This plan has identified the points where most of the withdrawals took place in previous editions as well as it has enhanced the medical care by increasing the prevention resources.
Furthermore, the team writing this plan has also considered the risks both runners and public following the race could face in certain sections of it. Most of the concerns would be car accidents as well as declaring a runner is missing. As for the last one, the organization claims participants to inform of their decision of abandoning the race. To do so, they would only have to contact the Emergencies and Safety team whose phone features on the runner’s bibs.
Aythami Saavedra, responsible for the company writing the race’s Self-protection Plan, reminds participants the protocol is to retrace their steps back to a checkpoint instead of continuing running in case of path missing.
Coordinating work has been taking place for months with every public institution as this year the Guardia Civil, the municipal Police, the National Police Force, the Dirección General de Seguridad y Emergencias of the Canary Islands Government, the Cecoes, the 112 and Cabildo are taking part in this year’s project. Given the specialization of the challenge, the race will count on the Mountain Specialized Guardia Civil Group coming from Tenerife to ensure the safety and security of both runners and spectators.