Transgrancanaria: family run and tough ultra race in paradise

Transgrancanaria is a race that has been held on the island of Gran Canaria since October 2003. In the Transgrancanaria participants must cross the island on foot passing through several aid stations where they can replenish their water and food supplies, also giving the organization a chance to monitor the competitors’ progress.

The Transgrancanaria is the pioneer of this kind of event in the Canary Islands. Arista, the organizer of the race, has placed Transgrancanaria as one of the main highlights on the national, European and now, the World stage.

The Transgrancanaria will be held 22–26 February 2017, and has six different races, making it available to everyone:

360º: DISTANCE: 265 KM. ELEVATION: +16.500 M. 101 HRS

Registration is closed for 2017.
 The 125 km race has reached 900 runners, the Advanced (82 km) has 550 participants, and the Marathon (42 km) 950 athletes.

The first edition of Transgrancanaria in October 2003 had a total of 65 participants.
 Over the years it has grown to more than 1400 athletes, walkers, joggers and nature lovers from more than 20 countries.
 On this route, crossing the island on foot in less than 30 hours, participants can find rain, sun, mud, dust… but above all they will enjoy direct contact with nature.
 The course is the same for everyone and will be fully marked to avoid errors.

Transgrancanaria 360º — 265K
 An individual, self-sufficiency challenge, with 265 km and 16.500 meters of positive elevation. It is a high difficulty course with start and finish line in Maspalomas, with a limitation of 101 hours.
 It is intended to be completed before the time limit the organization will state.
 Participation in this challenge will be strictly individual.
 Participants must dominate some necessary techniques to be accepted in the race: orientation, capability of supporting drastic changes of weather conditions, ability to assist other runners in case of emergency, tolerance to fatigue and lack of sleep and food.
 The course will not be marked. The runners must follow the track that the organization will handle before the race.

The challenge will be completed in self-sufficiency. Runners must plan their own resting periods and feeding hours. Along the course, they will have 3 full aid stations where they will be fed and have the chance to rest.
 Runners can purchase food and beverage in any other stores they have along the course.
 External assistance will only be allowed in the three aid stations. Any external assistance the runners receive during the track will be punished.

Transgrancanaria — 125K
 The Transgrancanaria not intended only to test the elite, but is an event for everyone, which is why you have 30 hours to complete it. The first competitors will finish in daylight and the last will finish in darkness, however, all will pass through the aid stations ensuring the competitors’ safety and comfort.

The mother of all races, every proper runner desires to overcome this engaging physical test. The race is very similar to the Transgrancanaria 83 km course. The 125 km course, however, is expanded to run through the mid-altitude areas in northern Gran Canaria. It is aimed for ultra endurance race top runners, and nature and adventure lovers.

Take your time to delight yourself in the most remarkable landscapes in Gran Canaria as you challenge the course on foot in less than 30 hours. You won’t be alone, of course. Spectators and other runners will support you from start to finish, as they all acknowledge and respect the strong will to overcome one’s limits that is necessary to tackle this challenge.

 Only if you are planning to run the Transgrancanaria 125km, when filling the application you must prove that you have ended a race over 50 kms in the past two years.
 If you are willing to participate in the 360º race, you will have to fill a form that the organization will evaluate in order to accept your candidacy for the race.

The Transgrancanaria 125 km race has 6 ITRA points (4 points with the old ITRA classification). The Advanced 82 km will give you 4 points (2 points with the old ITRA classification) for the UTMB, while the Marathon and Starter will give 2 ITRA points (0 points with the old ITRA classification).

Transgrancanaria Records 2016

TransGranCanaria 2017
 Gediminas Grinius, 2015 champion, broke his own record in 2016 with a timing of 13:45:08.
 But Norwegian ultrarunner Didrick Hermansen could beat Gediminas Grinius’s record and won the 2016 race with 13:41:48.

Best female ultrarunner in the world Caroline Chaverot will defend her title in the main race (125 km). In 2016 when she won the Ultra-Trail World Tour and Trail and Ultra Distance Skyrunning World Championships.

Ryan Sandes, who won the race in 203 and 2014, will come back to Gran Canaria this year.
 He will present his new book “Abriendo Camino” about his life as an ultrarunner. The book will be available in Spanish and French.
 In 2016 he already launched the English version of his autobiography, “Trail Blazer”, which has been a worldwide success.

Ryan is considered one of the world’s leading ultra trail runners. In 2016 he finished 4th overall in the Ultra-Trail World Tour. Not only his athletic ability but also his humble and down-to-earth approach of life are inspiring and make him a popular motivational speaker.

Resources / further reading
 Transgrancanaria website
 Transgrancanaria Race Preview 2017
 Ultra-Trail World Tour

Abriendo Camino, Spanish autobiography by Ryan Sandes
 Trail Blazer, English autobiography by Ryan Sandes


Originally published at Running Your Life.