TRANSVULCANIA BY UTMB 2022 (20-23OCT) RACE PREVIEW & RUNNERS GUIDE. Last minute, favorites and runner’s guide. Our section UTMB World Series, celebrates the arrival of the 12th Transvulcania. There will be 2,900 runners spread over four distances: Ultramarathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, and Vertical Challenge.

Transvulcania joins the UTMB World Series, as the third round between Spain and Andorra, after Aran by UTMB and Trail 100 Andorra. We start with a video summary in 2min by Mayayo of the four races and the favorites.


Transvulcania by UTMB returns to La Palma, three and a half years later. After as we told you in our special section TRANSVULCANIA, first it was the Covid-19 and, later, the eruption of a volcano…

These days, if something has shown the palmero character is that it has a great capacity for resilience, to resurface and demonstrate its character and attachment to the terroir. In addition, public money has been poured into the island, although this has also opened a debate on whether or not the distribution of it is adequate, given the volume of people who live even outside any home.

It is precisely the temperament of Palma that will allow this twelfth edition to be held normally. And, after more than 80 days of eruption of the volcano in Cumbre Vieja, the palmeros came together and worked hard to rebuild their land.

They have succeeded. In record time they have recovered the famous Route of the Volcanoes, the link between the Aridane Valley and the South of the Island, as well as the opening of the LP-301 road. Now, after a very hard year, the time has come to celebrate.


Transvulcania by UTMB is here. The twelfth edition to be held from October 20 to 22, will bring together more than 2,900 runners of more than 60 different nationalities such as France, United Kingdom, Portugal, United States, Japan, China or Egypt.

This first Transvulcania by UTMB maintains its four distances, Ultramarathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, and the Vertical challenge, with a single goal. In the same way, note that the race can be followed live from anywhere in the world through UTMB ® Live, Teledeporte and Televisión Canaria.

Transvulcania La Palma. Photo Mayayo


All of them will meet in one of the most important trail events in the world, and will compete, along with a large cast of elites, in one of the four distances that compose it:

The Vertical Challenge, 1.5 kilometers and 250 meters of positive slope. A vertiginous ascent that begins at Tazacorte Beach and ascends the cliff of El time to the Mirador de la Punta. It will be an excellent prologue and a kick-off party to the weekend. This explosive test will be held on Thursday from 7:30 p.m.

The Ultramarathon, 75 kilometers, 4,735 meters of positive slope and 4,405 meters of negative slope. It is the queen test of the event. It runs along the spine of the island through the GR-131, and will start on Saturday at 7:00 am from the Fuencaliente Lighthouse.

The Marathon, of 45 km, a positive slope of 2,816 meters and a negative slope of 3,372 meters. A demanding test that will share part of the route with the ultra and will finally premiere its new layout. It will depart from the municipality of El Paso at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The Half Marathon, of 28 kilometers, 840 meters of positive slope and 2,890 meters of negative slope. Distance that has also seen its traditional circuit altered with the aim of avoiding a greater affection to the Cumbre Vieja Natural Park, with arrival in Los Llanos de Aridane along with the other distances. The start of the test will be on Saturday at 9:00 am from El Roque de los Muchachos.



ULTRA: As far as the national elites are concerned, the Ultra will have the presence of renowned runners, led by a splendid Miguel Heras. The winner of Transvulcania in 2010 and 2011, has just signed the gold in Ultrapirineu and Ultra Sanabria,

Miguel arrives in La Palma with the intention of winning the triple crown but it remains to be seen if linking so much competition will not take its toll at some point. The Canarian Cristofer Clemente will not miss the appointment either; Joaquín Sánchez, second place in the TDS at UTMB Mont-Blanc last August.

Among women, we can point out Eli Rios; Lurdes Palao, third in the VDA of Val d’Aran by UTMB® in July 2022; Aroa Sío, and the Mexicans Nayeli de la Torre and Jupiter Carera.

Among the foreign participants in this event, the Swede Petter Engdahl stands out, who won this year’s CCC at the UTMB Mont-Blanc in record time. Also participating is the American ultra-distance athlete Abby Hall, who last year was second in the CCC and third this time.

Engdahl, 28, who lives in Trondheim in Norway, says he has already recovered from his efforts at the CCC in Chamonix and is eager to tackle a race he completed in 2019 and finished third. Now he would like to climb two places in the pod

Also noteworthy are Philipp Ausserhofer, second in the CDH of Val d’Aran by UTMB, the South African Megan McKenzie or Ynvild Kaspersen of Norway.

MARATON In the Marathon distance, athletes will climb 2,816 meters in a demanding race that shares part of the route with the ultra. Among the contenders will be many Spanish runners, including Yoel de Paz, who has a solid record in shorter distances and was third in the Transvulcania Half Marathon in 2019.

The women’s contingent includes Germany’s Moana Kehres, Spain’s Mireia Pons and Israel’s Ikram Rharsalla, winner of the inaugural ETC at UTMB Mont-Blanc this year.

HALF MARATHON: In the Half Marathon, Dimas Pereira, Aitor Navarro, Francisco José González and Josep Miret are the big favorites to take the victory. There will also be a very high female participation in the Half Marathon, with outstanding runners such as Angelica Gallego, Anna dal Farra, or Mirian Afonso.

Dani Osanz y Luis Hernando 2019. Photo Mayayo


As planned for 2021, the Ultramarathon, Marathon and Half Marathon will finish in Los Llanos de Aridane. The changes mainly affect the Half Marathon that, in previous editions, ran from the Fuencaliente Lighthouse to the Refugio del Pilar, sharing the first section of the ultra along the Route of the Volcanoes.

HALF MARATHON: In order to avoid a greater affection to the Natural Monument Volcanoes of Teneguía, the exit of the distance of 21 kilometers to the Roque de los Muchachos has been modified, so the test will have a prolonged descent to Tazacorte to, later, face the last five kilometers of ascent to the ‘heart’ of Los Llanos de Aridane.

MARATHON: The Marathon will finally be able to launch its new route. It will start in El Pino de La Virgen (El Paso) at 853 meters and, from there, after a steep climb, it will link with the GR 131 Long Distance Trail, passing through El Puerto de Tazacorte, to finish in Los Llanos de Aridane.

ULTRAMARATHON: The queen test of the Transvulcania by UTMB, the Ultramarathon, will start at the Fuencaliente Lighthouse, running entirely along the GR 131 Long Distance Path, popularly known as Ruta del Cantón,® to the Port of Tazacorte. From that point it will connect with the GR 130, Camino Real de la Costa, to the finish line, located in the Plaza de España in Los Llanos de Aridane.

KIDS AND JUNIOR: Transvulcania by UTMB® also focuses on the trail running quarry and organizes the modality for kids and juniors who want to enjoy with their families a test in the middle of nature through the trails of La Palma.

Ragna Debats celebra oro Transvulcania 2019. Photo Mayayo


Transvulcania by UTMB will start on Thursday, October 20 with the vertical challenge, and two days later, on Saturday 22, the reference race of the event, the Ultramarathon, will take place between Fuencaliente and Los Llanos de Aridane Marathon.

That same Saturday the Marathon will be held, starting in the municipality of El Paso and finishing in Los Llanos de Aridane. On Saturday at 9AM an unprecedented Half Marathon will arrive. Starting at the top of the island in Roque de Los Muchachos, you will descend to the iconic goal of Los Llanos de Aridane.

In addition, during those days the Runner’s Fair will be held, an event in which more and more firms show their interest, and an excellent opportunity for the enjoyment of trail and mountain lovers.

Here you can see the Runners Guide


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