Day 4 from Coronado to Palma Norte (a new finish) is a unique day – starting at sea level, the route climbs to just under 1000m in 10km and then stays high with a rollercoaster of hills dropping to just under 600m at 15km and then climbing again to 900m at 20km. From here, the runners drop to 600m at 30km and then once agin, climb to 850m before a short, sharp and very steep drop to the finish.
With three aid stations, Tres Ríos at 6.1km, Guagaral at 15.5km and Donkey’s Hill at 23km, it is essential for the runner’s to ensure they have enough fluid for this tough stage. The distance 37.4km and 2414m of vertical.
Early morning had a chill and misty start and at remained that way for some time, providing the runner’s with a welcome refreshing start to the day.
The main protagonists of Hayden Hawks, Peter van de Zon, Erick Agüero and Julien Chorier marked each other over the opening 10km running side-by side.
Eventually, Hayden Hawks decided to make a move… His motive was to build some time and a gap so that he could concede some time on the more challenging and technical terrain.
By Donkey’s Hill he had really opened the throttle and built a huge lead over Peter who chased.
Despite the terrain and challenge, Hayden stormed his way to the finish crossing in 4:18:15. Peter battled hard but in the end, the speed of Hayden on the flat and more runnable terrain could not be matched, he reached the finish in 4:25:23.
Erick Agüero once again finished 3rd once again in 4:38:27 with Julien 4th in 4:46:07.
The women’s race went to the protocol of the previous days with Giudy Turini pushing from the front, holding her place and crossing the line in 6:02:17.
Francis Davila Palacios played the eternal bridesmaid, always running with a smile and crossing in 6:20:52.
Courtney Hill, once again placed 3rd in 7:17:59 and today, Jennifer Schwegler placed 4th.
Tomorrow’s stage is 42km from Sierpe to Drake Bay with a new finish.
- Hayden Hawks 4:18:15
- Peter van de Zorn 4:25:23
- Erick Agüero 4:38:27
- Giudy Turini 6:02:17
- Francis Davila Palacios 6:20:52
- Courtney Hill 7:17:59
Full results at www.webscorer.com
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