The great week is already here. Gran Canaria will be under the world’s trail running spotlights with the 21st edition of Transgrancanaria HG, that presents some stunning information that maintains the race’s standard as one of the very best. 3,700 runners are listed in an event that speaks many languages: 66 countries will be represented, with more than 2,100 coming from outside of the Canary Islands with France (309), Great Britain (155), Italy (137), Poland (132) and Germany (123) as the foreign countries with a higher representation.
The traditional race will start in Las Canteras beach, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Classic distance is included in the Ultra-Trail World Tour and the Spain Ultra Cup. More than 800 runners are listed for this 128 km challenge, which starts at the North of the island and ends in Maspalomas with a positive elevation of 7.500 meters, one of the most famous courses in the world’s trail running.
The front of the female competition will be really powerful. Amongst the top candidates, we find the Spanish Azara García (winner in 2017), the Sweedish Mimmi Kotka, the Chinese Fuzhao Xiang, Kaci Lickteig and Kaytlyn Gerbin from the USA, the French Audrey Tanguy, Nathalie Mauclair and Claire Bannwarth, the Swiss Andrea Huser, Italian Lisa Borzani, Brazilian Fernanda Maciel, Ildiko Wermescher and Eszter Csillag from Hungary and the Spanish Claudia Tremps and Leire Martínez.
Fort he male competition, the presence of the three times champion Pau Capell really stands out. He is back to keep creating his own history looking for his fourth win in a row. Capell will however face a strong competition: Jared Hazen and Dylan Bowman from the USA, the current runner up Pablo Villa, the Chinese Peiquan You, Italian Luca Manfredi, the French Lambert Santelli, Mathieu Blanchard and Arthur Joyeux Bouillon, the 2015 from Lithuania Gediminas Grinius, the Swiss Diego Pazos, the British Harry Jones, Helio Fumo from Portugal, Gabriel Rueda from Argentina, Robert Hajnal from Rumania and the runner from the Canary Islands David Lutzardo are some of the strongest runners whoe are facing this race.
The Advanced race will be a strong test for 620 runners with a course that starts in Artenara and will end in the Maspalomas Lighthouse. 65 kilometers with 2.550 meters of positive climbing which will have an interesting fronlist of runners and will host the ultra-trail Canarian championship.
These are the female top candidates for this race which stand out for the Advanced: the French Maryline Nakache, the Sweedish Jennifer Asp and Petra Kindlund, the Polish Katarzyna Winiarska, the British Anne Marie Watson, Rebecca Ferry and Gemma Game and the local runners Esther Fernández, María José Guillén and Marcia Ramos. The male category counts with the presence of Tofol Castanyer, Jordi Gamito and Sebas Sánchez from Spain, the Italian Riccardo Montani and Stefano Rinaldi, the French Kevin Vermeulen and Alejandro Mayor, Yeray Durán, Fran Rodríguez, Carmelo González, José Manuel León and Albi Cedrés from the Canary Islands.
One of the trail running marathons with a higher expectation for its frontline and because its extremely fast, downhill course. 900 runners will face this race starting in El Garañón, and it is included in the Spain Ultra Cup and the Trail Mountain Running Series from the Spanish Athletics Federation, meaning it will be decisive for the national team which will compete in the World Championships.
The female race will have a great fight with some of the very best Spanish athletes. Eli Gordón, Gemma Arenas, Anna Comet, Virginia Pérez, Marta Molist, Mireia Pons and Yolanda Fernández are some of the women aspiring to the podium, with Amaia Ramos, Elsa Padrón or Yasmina Castro as some of the local runners to look at. Martyna Kantor from Poland and Katie Sijpesteijn from the United Kingdom are some of the foreign top candidates.
The male competition of the 42 km WAA Marathon has a really high level too. Andreu Simón, Borja Fernández, Juanjo Somohano, Mario Olmedo, Alfredo Gil, Agustín Luján, Raúl Latorre, Oswaldo Medina, Gléndor Rodríguez, Alberto González and Sergio Martín will enlighten this race.
The Starter 30 km race will gather 520 runners and will begin at the emblematic Presa de Chira. One of the stars of this race will be Paula Cabrerizo, for sure one of the women to consider in the event. The British Meryl Cooper and Laura Mulcahy, the Polish Karolina Obstoj are also some podium seekers, while the male competition’s frontrow has Wilson Cardoso from Cape Verde and the local runners Diego Martín, Álvaro Escuela or Carlos Carballo as some of the top candidates.
The shortest distance in Transgrancanaria HG will host the youngest athletes in the event. With the special Youth category for those aged from 15-21 and with the familiar race Family Trans. It is a really fast course with a large strech of beach track.
Melisa Galí and Estela Guerra are the main female contenders, while Eddj Nani, Javier Fernández, Fran Estévez, Yonet González, Aday López, Antonio Cardoso, Alejandro Rodríguez or Giacomo Cereseto will start as the male top candidates for the win.
The extreme 360º challenge will have one of the main features of Transgrancanaria 2020, as it starts in the Roque Nublo, one of the most iconic landscapes of Gran Canaria. A course that goes through some of the wildest trails in the island and which will start on Wednesday with 75 runners facing an epic adventure.
Contenders in the female race have last year’s winner Esther Hernández, as weill as Marta Poretti from Italy and Anouk Baars from the Netherlands. In the male competition, the two-times winner and current champion Luca Papi will try to repeat his victory in the island. Some of his competitors are the Alex Fraguela, Javi Blanco and Esteban García, and we can add Eugeni Roselló, Imanol Aleson or Goshi Osada to this list.
The event is completed with the Transgrancanaria Kids, the infant races which will be held in Las Canteras Beach on Friday morning. 400 kids will get started in running in a natural environment under the same arch where the Classic race will depart Friday night.
You can check the full list of runners and sort by ITRA favourites through www.transgrancanaria.livetrail.net.
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