The first South African who wins the race “of the 100 American miles” wants to compete again at the Transvulcania
The most victorious South African runner returns to La Palma in order to compete to the fullest at the Transvulcania, after having to retire in his first participation in 2015 due to health problems.
Ryan Sandes was the first athlete in winning all events of the 4 Desert Series in 2010. The South African has achieved many other successes, like winning the “Transgrancaria” 2014, or being in the same year runner-up of the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT), as well as winning also in 2014 the “Great Journey of Drakensbert” or in 2015 the “Table Mountain race”. However, it was in 2017 when he got in the spotlight, as he became the first South African in winning the “Western States”, making his dreams come true.
Ryan Sandes, who is 36 years old and just became a father, will be travelling from Cape Town to La Palma for trying to win the Transvulcania in his tenth edition. As Ryan told us, “I really want to experience this amazing race again and I am so excited to be running the 10th anniversary race. I have a big project where a friend, Ryno and I will be running the Great Himalaya Trail in March so I was worried the Transvulcania will be a bit soon after but I couldn’t resist the chance to be back on the island”.
The sports counsellor of La Palma, Ascención Rodríguez, mentioned that “I am very satisfied that the Transvulcania keeps attracting the best runners of the five continents”. She added that “the tenth edition of the Transvulcania is going to be the most international edition ever, because there are going to be runners from more than 60 countries, who are going to compete in our different sports modalities”.