Episode 135 – Eoin Keith and Tim Freriks

Episode 135 of Talk Ultra brings you two interviews. Eoin Keith talks about running a FKT across Ireland and Tim Freriks talks about bursting onto the world stage with victory at Transvulcania Ultramarathon.
It’s a short show this week folks due to extensive travel and workload. However, we have a couple of great interviews and stories for you.
Back to normal for episode 136!
Read about the 2017 Transvulcania HERE and VK HERE
UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

170x4D | 170 kilometers | May 24, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
80KX2D | 80 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Australia

New South Wales

The North Face 100 Australia | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
The North Face 50 Australia | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Queensland

Victoria

Ultra Marathon 60K | 60 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Austria

Über Drüber UltraMarathon | 63 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Trail des Doux Dingues | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Trail des Vallées du Chevalier – 62 km | 62 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Trails des Fous Fourieux | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Canada

Alberta

50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 100KM | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 50 Km | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 50 Miler | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Confederation 150K Relay | 150 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Confederation 150K Solo | 150 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

British Columbia

50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ontario

100 Mile | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
200 Mile | 200 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
50 Mile | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

Chile

Atacama Xtreme 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
Atacama Xtreme 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Atacama Xtreme 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Denmark

Midtjylland

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X50 | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Nordisk eXtrem maraton X70 | 70 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Finland

Oulu

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 160 km | 160 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 53 km | 53 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

France

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Trail de Haute Provence – Ultra | 72 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ardèche

205,5 km | 205 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ua-60 duo | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ua-60 solo | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ardennes

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Aude

Challenge Cathare | 95 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Bouches-du-Rhône

Half – ultimate race | 64 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ultimate Race | 131 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ultimate Race Relais | 131 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Cantal

La Pastourelle – Le Grand Cirque | 53 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Dordogne

Le relais du perigord sur 105 km (45+60) | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra trail du perigord 105 km | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Haute-Savoie

Technica Maxi Race | 85 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
XL Race | 87 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

62 km | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Haut-Rhin

Trail des Marcaires | 52 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Hérault

Hérault Trail | 73 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Ultra Draille | 120 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Manche

Trail de l’Archange | 55 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Nord

100 km de Steenwerck | 100 kilometers | May 24, 2017 | website

Pas-de-Calais

105 km | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
50 km | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Puy-de-Dôme

Trail experience Chaîne des Puys | 75 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Euskal Trails – Ultra Trail | 130 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Trail des Villages | 80 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Trail Gourmand | 50 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Trails des Vignes | 300 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra Trail de Côte-d’Or | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Savoie

Grand Raid 73 | 73 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Seine-Maritime

60 km | 60 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website
60 km Relais | 60 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Tarn-et-Garonne

52 km | 52 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Vendée

100 km de Vendée | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Vosges

55 km | 55 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Yonne

61 km | 61 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Oxfam Trailwalker France | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia

Bödefelder Hollenlauf 101 KM | 101 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Bödefelder Hollenlauf 67 KM | 67 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saar-Hunsrück-Supertrail | 128 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Westerwaldlauf 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Schleswig-Holstein

Steinburg – Ultra – Marathon 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Thuringia

GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf Super Marathon | 72 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Hungary

Ultrabalaton | 212 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Ireland

Munster

The Irish Trail 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
The Irish Trail 85 km | 85 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Nove Colli Running | 202 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Trail Alta Val Nure 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Liguria

Gran Trail Rensen | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Piedmont

Trail del Monte Soglio – Gir Lung | 63 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Sardinia

Asinara Ultra Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Tuscany

100km del Passatore | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Veneto

Alpago EcoMarathon | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Gran Raid delle Prealpi Trevigiane | 72 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Japan

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
71 km | 71 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Morocco

3 étapes | 77 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website

Nepal

Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2017 | website

Norway

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Lofoten Ultra-Trail | 100 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

Philippines

Hardcore Hundred Miles | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Portugal

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
60 km | 60 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Blue Island Trail – Ultra Trail | 70 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Réunion

Semi Transrun | 75 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Ultra | 140 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Romania

100 km | 100 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Fundu Moldovei 3-day staged 115km ultra | 115 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Fundu Moldovei Ultra Romania | 115 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Transylvania 100k | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Transylvania 50k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Ultramaraton 52,75 km | 52 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Russia

Master | 56 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultimate 100 miles | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Serbia

108 km | 108 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
57 km | 57 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Spain

Balearic Islands

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls | 185 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Nord | 100 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Sud | 85 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Galicia

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Sweden

Boras Ultra Marathon – 100 miles | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Boras Ultra Marathon – 87 km | 87 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Taiwan

50 km of Wild Pig | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Turkey

Artvin Ultra Trail | 94 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website

Ukraine

Burning Heads 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

United Kingdom

Birmingham

Grand Union Canal Race | 145 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

County Borough of Conwy

Dragon’s Back | 200 miles | May 22, 2017 | website

Cumbria

Keswick Mountain Festival Ultra Trail Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Old County Tops Fell Race | 37 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Devon

Forces March | 131 miles | May 24, 2017 | website

East Sussex

Weald Challenge 50 km Ultra Trail | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Greater London

First Half Challenge | 56 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
London 2 Brighton Challenge | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Shropshire

Apocalypse 100 | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Apocalypse 50 | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Somerset

Westcountry Ultra 100 Miler | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Challenge | 214 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
Severn Path Ultra | 58 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Severn Plod Ultra | 45 miles | May 26, 2017 | website
Severn Way Ultra | 58 miles | May 28, 2017 | website

United States Minor Outlying Islands

100K Flying Solo | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
100K Relay | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

USA

Alabama

Rockin Choccolocco 50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Arizona

Adrenaline 65K Night Run | 65 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

California

100 Miler | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
60 Miler | 60 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
San Francisco 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
San Francisco 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Connecticut

Trail 2 Trail Series Kettletown Park 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Florida

Keys 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Keys 50K Race | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Keys 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Georgia

Cruel Jewel 100 | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
Cruel Jewel 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Maine

Pineland Farms 50K Trail | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail | 50 miles | May 28, 2017 | website

Massachusetts

Big Bear 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Minnesota

Spring Superior Trail 50 k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
We Walk! 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Missouri

Berryman 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Nebraska

191 miles | 191 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
191 miles Relay | 191 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
G.O.A.T.z Gravel Classic 60k | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
GOATz Gravel Classic 60K | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Nevada

Silver State 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Silver State 50-Miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

New Hampshire

Manchester 2 Monadnock Ultramarathon | 55 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

New Jersey

Mayapple 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Mayapple 50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

New Mexico

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50-Mile | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Ohio

Playin’ Possum 50k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Tie Dye 32 Miler | 32 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Oklahoma

Okie Relays 2 – 4 person Relay Team | 41 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Okie Relays Individual | 42 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Oregon

TrailFactor 50k | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2017 | website

Rhode Island

Gloridays | 44 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

South Carolina

El Diablo | 220 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website

Utah

Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back | 192 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

Washington

100K | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Pigtails 100 Mile Challenge | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Pigtails 150 Mile Challenge | 150 miles | May 26, 2017 | website
Pigtails 200 Mile Challenge | 200 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
Soaring Eagle 10 M Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Soaring Eagle 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Wisconsin

Chippewa 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Wyoming

Rocky Mountain 50k | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
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TRANSVULCANIA ULTRAMARATHON 2017 PREVIEW – 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series kicked-off in April in China with Yading SkyRun – a 29km ‘SKY CLASSIC’ event that set a new benchmark in high altitude sport. Attention now turns to the iconic Transvulcania Ultramarathon, the first ‘Ultra’ race in the 2017 calendar.

Transvulcania and the island of La Palma has become arguably one of the most well-known races around the world after its inclusion in the SWS in 2012. The motto, Less Cloud, More Sky is personified by this point-to-point course that climbs from sea level all the way up to extended periods of running well above 2000m. The drop from Roques de Los Muchachos has gained a reputation as one of the toughest and most challenging in the world – 2426m in 18km. Tazacorte Port offers some recovery but the final 5km kick up to the finish line in Los Llanos is brutal and in past editions has been a decisive part of the race.

Anna Frost, Emelie Forsberg and Ida Nilsson have shone the light for the ladies in recent years and for the men, Dakota Jones, Kilian Jornet and Luis Alberto Hernando have set the benchmark of how to cover this tough and challenging course in record times.

The 2017 edition of the race looks set to have all the makings of a classic with a stunning world-class field.

Luis Alberto Hernando will not defend his title this year leaving an opportunity for a new male champion. In the ladies’ race, Ida Nilsson will return and after showing incredible form in China at the Kora Ultra – she is without doubt the hot favourite for victory on the trails of the GR131.

The Men’s Race

The race for victory in the men’s category will be a terrifying one as many of the world’s best will go head-to-head.

Nicolas Martin from France placed 2nd in 2016 and excelled at Skyrunning is without doubt a hot favourite for victory.

Hayden Hawks a rising star from the USA who is setting a fast trail following in the footsteps of Walmsley and Miller. He will go out all guns blazing. He already has two victories over the 50km and 55km distance in 2016 and 2nd at Chuckanut 50km.

 

Pau Capell from Spain who is currently on a roll after victory at Transgrancanaria and 2nd at MIUT (Madeira Island Ultra Trail) will without doubt be a contender for the podium if not victory. He’s on fire at the moment!

UTMB reigning champion Ludovic Pommeret from France had a great 2016 with three victories, a 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in Maxi Race China, MSIG Lantau 50 and the IAU World Trail Champs. In 2017, he has only raced once, March, at the Trail du Ventoux and he placed 2nd.

Xavier Thevenard also from France who is the only runner to win all UTMB events – OCC, TCC, TDS and UTMB.  In March he placed 8th behind Pommeret’s 2nd at Trail du Ventoux but recently placed 3rd at MIUT behind Francois D’Haene and Pau Capell – maybe the form is coming?

Tom Owens from the UK is in fine form now after a stunning victory at The Coastal Challenge and in Costa Rica and 2nd at the ‘Three Peaks’ in the UK. He has raced in La Palma before and struggled with the heat, this year will be a different story.

Remigio Huaman from Perú recently raced at MDS and excelled with a top placing. He is new to Skyrunning but he laid some great foundations in 2016.

And finally, Hardrock 100 winner Jason Schlarb from the USA rounds out the top challengers for the podium places after a solid The Coastal Challenge earlier this year and a recent win at Zion 55km.

Dimitris Theodorakakos from Greece has also raced well in La Palma in the past and he will be a contender ahead of one of the strongest male fields this island has ever seen:

Diego Camacho,

Dmitry Mityaev,

Nuno Silva,

Roger Viñas,

Jan Bartas,

Fulvio Dapit,

Daniel Jung,

Daniel Aguirre,

Manuel Anguita,

Thomas Angeli,

Lamnbert Santelli,

Iván Ortiz,

Héctor Haines,

Francesc Sole,

David López Castán,

Davide Cheraz,

Santiago Obaya,

Ignacio Conde,

Antonio Manjón,

Martin Schedler,

Zdenek Kriz,

Peter Fankhauser,

Ernest Ausiro,

Santos Gabriel Rueda,

Alejandro Fraguela,

Basilio Labrador,

José Carlos Vera,

Francisco Javier Rodríguez,

Santiago García,

Pere Aurell,

Agustín Luján Maldonado,

Iván Cáceres,

Chico Santos,

Martial Collomb,

and Xavier Teixido.

 

The Ladies Race

Ida Nilsson from Sweden will be head and shoulders above the rest of the field if she shows anything of the form she had at the recent racing in China at the Yading Skyrunning Festival. In 2016, she won Transvulcania and The Rut in addition to the Endurance Challenge 50 in December.

Anne Lise Rousset from France had a very solid 2016 and took a stunning victory at High Trail Vanoise. Two 2nd’s at The Rut and Transvulcania most certainly make her a potential winner in 2017.

Andrea Huser from Switzerland is relentless in her racing calendar. This year she has already taken two victories and one second place at Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan, MIUT and Transgrancanaria. She will without doubt be in contention for a top placing but for me, will lack the speed needed to win this race.

Hillary Allen from the USA had a solid year Skyrunning in 2016 with a string of podium places at The Rut, Ultra Pirineu, Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira and Transvulcania. It’s fair to say she was tired at the end of the year and I believe that Transvulcania kicks-off her 2017 campaign.

 

Kristina Pattison also from the USA like Hillary Allen had a strong 2016 with a sting of top places typically between 4th and 6th.

Ragna Debats from Holland was 3rd at the IAU World Trail Champs in 2016 – a stand out performance. Just last weekend she placed 2nd in China at the Yading races. She will be in the mix for the top-5.

Mimmi Kotka from Sweden won the CCC in 2016 along with Gran Trail Courmayeur and Trail des Balcons d’Azur – I think she may well be a surprise package of the 2017 edition of Transvulcania.

Cassie Scallon from the USA has won three races in 2017 already – Gorge Waterfalls 50km. Nine Trails 35m and La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run. However, her victory at Bandera 100km in 2016 is her stand out performance. More importantly, her 16th placing at Festival de Templiers is maybe more relevant to Transvulcania.

Zuzana Urbancova from the Czech Republic placed 7th at Trofeo Kima and 8th at USM in 2016 – she is contender for the top-10 and maybe the top-5 if she has a good day!

Corrine Malcolm from the USA was 6th at The Rut in 2016 and a recent 2nd at the Yakima Skyline Rim 50km shows that 2017 form is coming.

Verónica Bravo from Chile has a great pedigree in adventure racing and has won The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica.

Ekaterina Mityaeva from Russia has slowly but surely made her presence felt in the Skyrunning world, her best result 4th at Ultra Pirineu.

Maïlys Drevon placed 2nd at Mont-Blanc 80km and heads up a string of other top-female contenders will be chasing the ladies above:

Eva María Moreda,

Raquel Martínez,

Sara Longoni,

María Yolanda Fernández,

Tracy Dean,

Natalia Román,

Noelia Camacho,

Ana Begoña González,

Elisabeth Margeirsdottir,

Manikala Rai,

Svetlana Buravova.

Action kicks-off in La Palma on Thursday with the Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer, the second race in the ‘new’ 2017 VERTICAL KILOMETER® WORLD CIRCUIT HERE

The main event of the weekend, the Transvulcania Ultramarathon starts on Saturday the 13th at 0600 hours. The route begins at Faro de Fuencaliente and continues through the “Gran Recorrido” trail GR 131, also known as ‘Ruta del Bastón’, until Puerto de Tazacorte. Connecting with the GR 130, Camino Real de la Costa, the route continues until the finish line located in Plaza de España – Los Llanos de Aridane.

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The “2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

The Chinese company, Migu Run, under the name of Migu Xempower, was the Series’ main sponsor in 2016.

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series features 22 races in 11 countries and will reward the champions in the various categories a € 60,000 end of season prize purse.

The Chinese company Migu Run, the creator and owner of an advanced online and offline exercise and health management platform, has been announced as the new long-term title sponsor of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series beginning in 2017.

The Series is structured in three categories, Sky Classic, Sky Extreme and Sky Ultra, counting 22 races in 11 countries stretching from April to October.

Pico de la Nieve – La Palma

Today, Niandi and myself ran some of the same trail that we ran last week. Unlike our previous day way had no cloud cover so we ran and hiked in glorious sunshine, blue skies and with crystal clear views. Starting at the Roque de Los Muchachos at 22426m we ran the rim in an anti-clockwise direction taking in Fuenta Nueva, Los Andenes, Pico La Cruz, Pico de Piedrallana and Pico de La Nieve at 2239m.

It’s a stunning technical run over hard and rocky terrain. You are constantly going up and then down….

Every now and again moments happen on the trail. Here is one of those moments capturing the Transvulcania La Palma course running off into the distance and the islands of Tenerife and Gomera in the background. Magical !

Niandi at Pico de La Nieve 2239m

Niandi at Pico de La Nieve 2239m

Images of Roque de Los Muchacos and this route are available  HERE