Transgrancanaria, year-on-year, the race continues to grow and expand and in 2023, once again, a new level has been reached! For ’23,’ Instead of gathering all races in one weekend, this edition was extended to five days. Overall, more than 3,600 runners from more than 60 different nationalities took part in any of the eight races, the most important change for 2023 was to increase the number of race days to five. Shorter races, were moved to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning including the KV El Gigante, Starter, Promo, Youth, Family, a non-competitive kids race and the marathon.
The ‘Classic’ and ‘Marathon’ races were broadcast, worldwide, with more than 17 hours of live streaming. In total, 16 cameras offered full coverage during the two days of broadcasting with English and Spanish ‘live’ commentary. In addition, journalists, photographers and related media provided global exposure of one of ‘the’ key trail running events in the world.
Transgrancanaria is part of the Spartan Trail World Championship circuit and four races of the TGC week are awarded with ITRA points. As a result, this recognition translated into better prizes for the winners. The Spartan Trail World Championship has awarded $30,000 to the top three finishers of Transgrancanaria 2023.
A CLASSIC EDITION
From the short and sharp KV to the long and arduous Classic, Transgrancanaria has something for all. However, the pinnacle race of the week is the 128km ‘Classic’ with 7060m of vertical gain. All who toe the line to undertake the challenge are heroes, however, in 2023 a special mention must go to the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) Courtney Dauwalter who not only placed 7th overall on GC but ran under 15 hours to stop the clock in 14:40:39. Courtney, over the years, has slowly but surely ticked off victories in the worlds biggest ultras and in the process, along with course records, has set a new level in this crazy sport of ultra running. Now she has a Transgrancanaria course record to add to the list.
Canada’s Jasmine Lowther and Catalonia’s Claudia Tremps placed 2nd and 3rd, for perspective, they were almost 2-hours behind the trailblazing ‘Court!’ One has to ask the question, what is next for this amazing athlete.
In the men’s category, Andreu Simón was the fastest of all in 13:29:33 with an impressive run from the front, his victory never looked in question. A previous winner in Transgrancanari,, 2020 and 2021 in the Marathon distance.
Miguel Arsénio from Portugal and Tyler Green (America) completed the podium, 2nd and 3rd respectively.
George Foster and Azara García won the Advanced, while the Marathon went to Kenyan Robert Pkemoi, and Catalan Nuria Gil. Poland’s Bart Przedwojewski did a double win with Starter and KV El Gigante, while Switzerland’s Rea Iseli won Starter women’s category. Poland’s Katarzyna Solińska joined her countryman Przedwojewski as winner of the KV El Gigante.
France’s Enzo Rati and Italy’s Cecilia Basso Promo finished on top of the podium in the Promo category. In the Youth category, a French double win for Camille Cucherousset and Lili Perignon.
Classic 128 Km
- Andreu Simón (SPA) 13:29:33
- Miguel Arsénio (POR) 13:44:37
- Tyler Green (USA) 14:06:46
- Courtney Dauwalter (USA) 14:40:39
- Jazmine Lowther (CAN) 16:26:41
- Claudia Tremps (SPA) 16:33:34
Advanced 84 Km
- George Foster (GBR) 08:29:14
- Alexander Hutter (AUT) 08:45:15
- Tom Joly (GBR) 08:49:19
- Azara García de los Salmones (SPA)09:45:54
- Johanna Antila (FIN) 09:55:48
- Giulia Vinco (ITA) 10:20:38
Marathon 45 Km
- Robert Pkemoi (KEN) 03:25:30
- Roberto Delorenzi (SWI) 03:33:20
- Juho Ylinen (FIN) 03:34:19
- Nuria Gil (SPA) 04:08:00
- Johanna Amström (SWE) 04:18:11
- Gemma Arenas (SPA) 04:21:32
Starter 24 Km
- Bart Przedwojewski (POL) 02:02:48.500
- Alex García (SPA) 02:02:48.940
- Christopher Richards (GBR) 02:04:50
- Rea Iseli (SWI) 02:35:33
- Mireia Pons (SPA) 02:40:54
- Noemie Vachon (FRA) 02:44:04
- Enzo Rati (FRA) 00:59:47
- Wilson Cardoso (CPV) 01:00:34
- Damián Ramis (SPA) 01:02:56
- Cecilia Basso (ITA) 01:09:13
- Ainara Uribarri (SPA) 01:11:51
- Saida Martín (SPA) 01:30:59
- Camille Cucherousset (FRA) 00:58:12
- Javier Moreno (SPA) 01:07:06
- Jiri Vemola (CZE) 01:44:00
- Lili Perignon (FRA) 01:53:18
- Sohvi Vapaaoksa (FIN) 01:56:10
- Noelia Santana (SPA) 02:26:31
KV El Gigante
- Bart Przedwojewski (POL) 00:39:46
- Yoel de Paz (SPA) 00:40:12
- Henri Aymonod (ITA) 00:40:47
- Katarzyna Solińska (POL) 00:50:32
- Marie Dessart (BEL) 00:51:18
- Sophie Horrocks (GBR) 00:57:07
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