Organisers of four leading ultra mountain races in Spain have announced the creation of a new race series for 2014 under the name “Spain Ultra Cup”.
Beginning in 2014 the organizers of these prestigious mountain running events are launching their new joint project : A high profile national tournament, aimed at offering both local and visiting trail runners a sure way to discover and enjoy some of the very best ultras south the Pyrenees.
The first races to pool their strength together have been the TNF Transgrancanaria; Penyagolosa Trails; Volta a Cerdanya and Great Trail Peñalara. Overall, this Spain Ultra Cup 2014 (SUC ) wil be offering four races over 80 km, all with proven success in previous editions and accredited organizational experience. Looking forward, the project will welcome new member races who meet the quality and proven track record credentials required by the founders.
Thus, the 2014 Spain Ultra Cup is delivered to international runners with full guarantees on how to discover and enjoy some of the most representative mountains of Spain, such as: The Guadarrama National Park, the grandiose Pyrenees, the Canaries mythical “Roque Nublo” and the less-known “Alto Maestrazgo” where Templars once held sway.
Upon completion of each ultra race, all ranging between 80k-120k mountain runners will receive ranking points proportionally both to their placement at the race as well as to the field competitiveness. At the end of the year, the final position in the ranking will consider the three best results achieved between all the series options, to proclaim the male and female champions of the Spain Ultra Cup.
The North Face ® Transgrancanaria will be held on March 1st 2014, with radical format changes. The Transgrancanaria will be different in terms of routes and distances. The most significant change will be the arrival of the runners to the south of the island, a twist which aims to raise the profile of Gran Canaria and promote it’s strengths outside of the island.
The distances of some races also vary with respect to the last edition. In 2014 the route of the main event will consist of 125km and 7600 meters of positive elevation. The Advanced and Transmarathon races will keep the same distances of 83km and 42km respectively, while the Starter race will extend from 24km to 30km. A new race will be added as a new feature, the Promo race of 15km, aimed specifically at those people who wish to play a part in this epic adventure.
What does not vary from the Transgrancanaria and Advanced races will be the place of departure, which will be held for one more year at the Agaete port. The Transgrancanaria Marathon also will repeat the departure place at Garañón, but the end in the next edition will be at “Faro de Maspalomas”, after a tour that runs through “Pico de las Nieves” mountain, the road of “La Plata”, Tunte and Arteara villages. The Transgrancanaria Starter event is the race that will see the most changes, increasing in kilometers and showcasing the new departure from Tunte to Faro de Maspalomas.
In the press conference, the presentation of a new website with new content, better interface and more user friendly features was unveiled. With the launch of the new site, the registrations for next year was opened. For the third consecutive year, the price for race entires has been frozen. You can find more information about the new routes and registration on the following: