THE ‘PRETTY ISLAND’ LA PALMA HOSTS THE 10TH EDITION OF THE TRANSVULCANIA TRAIL RUN
The Transvulcania trail run will celebrate 10 years this May on the most north-westerly island in the Canaries, La Palma, known as the ‘pretty island’ for its impressive volcanic landscapes, lush green laurel forests and its starry night skies.
The island of La Palma is renowned for its impressive landscapes, offering 706 square kilometres of lush scenery with a network of more than 1,000 kilometres of marked trails, making it the ideal hotspot for hikers and thrill seekers alike in search of an off the beaten track destination, that caters to all levels. The Transvulcania trail runs offer participants the option to choose between a Half Marathon, Marathon or Ultra Marathon, however all trails will test participants to their limits.
The Ultra Marathon race, taking place on 12th May, opens the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) season. Attracting some of the best trail runners from around the world, the run takes participants on a steep ascent to the highest point on the island, Roque de Los Muchachos observatory. The event will this year be titled Transvulcania “Space Runners” to tie in with the islands second annual astrology festival.
One of toughest trail running races in the world, with a distance of 74.33 kilometres through volcanic terrain, Transvulcania “Space Runners” begins at Faro de Fuencaliente and continues through the “Gran Recorrido” trail GR 131, also known as ‘Ruta del Bastón’, where participants will witness incredible views of the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente, circling the crater of this impressive natural wonder up to the highest point on the island at 2,420 metres. Leaving behind the incredible sea of clouds at the world-renowned observatory, referred to as the ‘balcony to the stars’, the trail run continues to connect with the GR 130, Camino Real de la Costa, down to the stunning black sand beaches in Puerto de Tazacorte, heading to the finish line in Plaza de España in Llanos de Aridane.
In the 2018 edition, Transvulcania trail run will have around 3,600 participants venturing out on the all-day trail run, exploring the volcanic islands most impressive scenic routes, supported along the way by hundreds of Palmeran onlookers whose cheering and excitement adds a joyous and warm vibe to the intense athletic event.