Saleta Castro, from triathlon to Transgrancanaria

The professional runner, one-time winner of the Maastricht Ironman, will make her debut in a mountain marathon on 24 February – “The objective is to finish and enjoy it”, says the triathlete.

Castro moves from triathlon to Transgrancanaria. The Galician professional runner, winner of the Maastricht Ironman in 2017, will be at the starting line in Tejeda on 24 February to face her first mountain marathon with the aim of “finishing and enjoying” the 45 kilometres to the finish line in Maspalomas.

The 226ERS runner, who just a month ago took third place in one of the toughest triathlons in the world held in Chile’s Patagonia, says that she was “very excited” to take part in a trail race on an island that, she says, “I love”. To do so, Castro has modified her training to strengthen her knees and ankles in order to adapt to the terrain she will face in the Transgrancanaria Marathon. “Being an asphalt runner, I’m used to following a steady pace and now I have to introduce more elevation changes in the sessions, adapt to walking uphill, running in technical areas and prepare for the downhill”, she explains.

The 35-year-old from Pontevedra, who currently lives in Lanzarote, says she is looking to cross the finish line at Parque Sur. “I don’t have any goal, I want to finish it and enjoy it, to reach the finish line wanting more”. And she says that she intends to take part in some ultra-distance races this year.

Castro has been a triathlete since 2001. Throughout her more than two decades of sporting career, she has managed to finish 21 Ironman races, a circuit in which she won in Maastricht in 2017, as well as a third place on the podium at Ironman Lanzarote in 2013. In long distance, she is a two-time Spanish champion and reached eighth place in the world in 2021. Last year she was runner-up in the Spanish adventure raid championships and this season she is getting fully involved in the world of mountain races.

The Transgrancanaria, which will be held between 22 and 26 February, is sponsored by the institutions Cabildo de Gran Canaria through Turismo de Gran Canaria and Gran Canaria European Sports Island, the Government of the Canary Islands with Islas Canarias Latitud de Vida, Maspalomas Costa Canarias, Instituto Municipal de Deportes de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Town Hall of Tejeda; and the companies SWE, Fred. Olsen Express, Hospitales Universitarios San Roque, Expomeloneras, 226ERS and Sonocom Audiovisuales, as well as the collaboration of Provital, Fuente Umbría, Emicela, Pepsi Max, Coros, Vivac Aventura, Inerza, Hotel Aloe Canteras and Tirma.

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