Transgrancanaria 2015

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 organisation a chance to monitor the competitors’ progress.

The Transgrancanaria is held in the first week of March and has four different races, making accessible to everyone:
Transgrancanaria: DISTANCE: 125 KM. ELEVATION: + 8.500 M. 30 hours
Transgrancanaria Advanced: DISTANCE: 83 KM. ELEVATION:+ 4.700 M. 22 hours
Transgrancanaria Maraton: DISTANCE: 44 KM. ELEVATION: + 1.365 M. 12 hours
Transgrancanaria Starter : DISTANCE 32 KM. ELEVATION: + 818M. 10 hours
Transgrancanaria Promo : DISTANCE 17 KM. ELEVATION: +- 470M. 6 hours
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A good way to start 2015. Gediminas, Didrik and myself with Mogan in the background A good way to start 2015. Gediminas, Didrik and myself with Mogan in the background

Transgrancanaria 2014: 6th place in 15.28
Transgrancanaria 2015: 4th place in 15.06

I think the hard facts say it all. I have improved my running since last year and all the hard work paid off on Saturday. But it was a tough race, and I was never sure that I would be able to make the podium (that’s top five at Transgrancanaria).
The preparations for this years race have been very, very good. I moved to Gran Canaria with my family in July last year. So far, we have had a very nice time here, and I have been able to run on what I think are some of the best trails in the world. I have done two three day-trips on the Transgrancanaria course (from Agaete to Maspalomas) as a part of the preparations for the race. On January 1st, I ran with my very good friend Didrik Hermansen from Norway and Lithuanian Gediminas Grinius on a tough long run from Puerto Mogan to my apartment in Arguineguin. Little did I know that we would make three quarters of the top four on race day!

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