TRANSGRANCANARIA 2023: RACE PREVIEW AND FAVOURITES MARATHON 45 KM
TRANSGRANCANARIA 2023: RACE PREVIEW AND FAVOURITES MARATHON 45 KM. Our TRANSGRANCANARIA section already travels in Carnivals to the round island, from where one more year we will bring you a new edition of its great mountain races live from FEB 22-26.
MARATHON 45KM 1.900M+
This year the Transgrancanaria Marathon arrives this year with more than a thousand participants, and also scoring for the Spartan Trail World Championship. The test will be broadcast in its entirety on the Transgrancanaria YouTube channel and will include comments from professional athletes Sara Alonso, winner in 2022, and Fernanda Maciel.
The start will take place on Friday, February 24 at half past nine in the morning from the iconic town of Tejeda, being the first time that it hosts the start of this modality. Until the Summit, up to 54 elite runners will travel between the female and male categories, who will compete in one of the most competitive editions in the history of the Transgrancanaria Marathon.
TRANSGRANCANARIA 2023: MARATHON 45KM FAVOURITES
The favorite among the women is the Catalan Nuria Gil, being the rival to beat, but we must not forget the high level of the race, and that in front of her, there will be more than a dozen athletes trying to win.
Among them we have the Gemma Arenas and Virginia Pérez Mesonero, the latter being the winner of this modality in the 2021 edition; the British Eleanor Davis or the Basque Maite Maiora, who as of this season is wearing Vibram equipment for the first time.
Also not to forget the Swedish Johanna Astrom, the Polish Katarzyna Solinska and the Finnish Anna Stiina Erkkila, and the American Emily Schmitz. And this cast of runners is joined by Estela Guerra from the Canary Islands and the triathlon runner Saleta Castro, who is making her debut in a mountain marathon.
In the Men’s category, we also have a disputed race just like we are going to have in the women’s category. In his third participation, the Valencian athlete Antonio Martínez arrives with the aim of finally winning. It will not be easy, since he will have elite rivals such as the winner of last year’s Transgrancanaria Marathon, the Swedish Sebastian Ljundghal, who returns to the Island with the intention of revalidating the title.
But we have to take into account that there will be more than twenty athletes with an ITRA score of more than 800 points. The Portuguese Andre Rodríguez leads this list, followed by the Norwegian Anders Kjerevik, Roberto Delorenzi from Italy, Harry Jones from the United Kingdom, the Catalan Eduard Hernández, the French Matthieu Simon or the Finns Marten Bostrom and Juho Ylinen, the latter winner in January of the Cronotrail Almendro en Flor de Tejeda and the Fénix Bike&Trail.
Among the abundant Canarian representation, we highlight the winner of Transgrancanaria Advanced 2020, Alejandro Mayor, Olwaldo Medina, Álvaro Escuela and Esteban García.
TRANSGRANCANARIA 2023: COMPLETE PROGRAM
The Transgrancanaria 2023 will debut a new model, which will last for almost a week.
- 22FEB Wednesday, the first of the modalities will begin in San Pedro de Agaete, from where the El Gigante Vertical Kilometer of 5.5 kilometers and 1,130 positive meters will start.
- 23FEB, Tejeda will concentrate all the prominence with the arrivals of the Promo races, of 12 kilometers and starting in Artenara, and Starter, which in 2023 will start from Tunte so that the runners face a tough climb up the Camino de La Plata up to Roque Nublo and down to the Cumbrero town center after 24 kilometers and 1,800 positive.
- 24FEB Friday, February 24, Tejeda will once again become one of the neuralgic points with the start of the Marathon, which will finish in Maspalomas. That same day, at 11:59 p.m., it will be the turn of the queen test, which will once again start at Las Canteras beach. The Classic recovers the 2021 route, with a slight modification in the Summit section.
- 25FEB The last of the modalities will start at 08:30 am on Saturday, February 25. The Transgrancanaria returns to the Puerto de Las Nieves de Agaete with the Advanced modality, which extends its distance to 80 kilometers and 4,500 meters of positive elevation gain. The finish line, as in the Classic, will be located in the Parque Sur of Maspalomas, a setting that repeats after the great reception it had in the last edition by runners and fans.
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