Trail running lovers are in luck because the Transgrancanaria 2021 will allow them to discover the wildest places of Gran Canaria thanks to a unique race in its kind.
And with good reason, because this event attracts hundreds of runners from all over the world due to its harshness and, above all, its great length. That’s why it isn’t suitable for just everybody.
The Transgrancanaria is a race that is held every year since 2003 in Gran Canaria. Today it’s one of the most important in the world. Although there are different categories, the most famous is the one that crosses the whole island.
Of course, participants have the help of the organization through different points of provisioning with food and drink ideal for this type of test. Likewise, health coverage is provided along the route.
The last edition of the event brought together more than 3,500 runners from all over the world, including many of the elite who raised the level of the event. In fact, it made the headlines in the main specialised media both nationally and internationally.
This year 2021 the different categories will take place between 24 and 28 February.
The harshness of the categories is such that it's recommended that participants master orienteering techniques, withstand changing natural conditions, are able to assist other runners if necessary, have tolerance for fatigue, lack of sleep, eating problems, etc. In addition, for the toughest categories (360º, Classic and Advanced) the organisation requires a medical certificate.
A 262-kilometre trail running race isn't held every day. Only a few chosen ones sign up and from that select group, only a small percentage completes it.
Here the runners face a route without markers where they must follow the track provided by the organization before the race and do so in semi-autonomy.
Thus, they’ll have to manage their refreshment posts and rest periods in free and authorised areas as they see fit and carry certain compulsory material.
The 129.8-kilometre Classic is the most important race of the Transgrancanaria. It has a positive slope of 6,720 meters and a maximum height of 1,829 meters above sea level to finish in a maximum of 30 hours.
Runners will start on 26 February at 23:00 from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and end in Maspalomas, passing through Arucas, Teror, Moya, Artenara, Tejeda, Tunte, etc.
The 64.8-kilometre Advanced has a positive slope of 2,566 metres and a negative slope of 3,791 metres, reaching a height of 1,829 metres to be completed in a maximum of 15 hours.
The participants will set off on 27 February at 9:00 from Artenara and will finish in Maspalomas, passing through Tejeda, El Garañón, Tunte, Ayagaures...
The 42.3-kilometre Marathon has a positive slope of 888 metres and a negative slope of 2,561 metres, reaching a height of 1,829 metres to be finished in a maximum of 10 hours.
Runners will start on 27 February at 9:30 from El Garañón and finish in Maspalomas, passing through Tunte and Ayagaures.
The 29.8-kilometre Starter has a positive slope of 622 metres and a negative slope of 1,504 metres, reaching a height of 1,192 metres to be completed in 9 hours.
Runners will start on 27 February at 8:30 from Tunte and finish in Maspalomas, passing through Ayagaures.
The 17.6-kilometre Promo has a positive slope of 245 metres and a negative slope of 545 metres, reaching a height of 467 metres and being completed in a maximum of 8 hours.
Participants will set off on 27 February at 8:00 a.m. from Ayagaures and will finish in Maspalomas, passing through Degollada Ancha.
The Youth is the same as the previous one, but it’s exclusive for runners between 15 and 21 years old.
Like the two previous races, the Family Trans is the same but is designed for adults who accompany children from 0 to 18 years old.
The prices of the different categories of the Transgrancanaria are:
Furthermore, residents in the Canary Islands have an additional 20% discount. Participants can also benefit from a discount based on their ITRA score: