The ninth edition of Transvulcania exceeded all the initial expectations and broke four new records for the history of the event. The Marathon, the Vertical Kilometer and the Ultra Marathon –the latter in both male and female category– have a new mark to beat.
The first surprise came on May 11th in the Vertical Kilometer. Norwegian Stian Angermund-Vik won and set a new record, completing the route in 47 minutes and 22 seconds.
Saturday May 13th, the day in which the other competitions took place, did not disappoint the fans. Luis Alberto Hernando smashed the Marathon record and left it in little more than 3 hours and 46 minutes.
The Ultra had the times of the last year as a reference, an edition in which the route was modified. Timothy Lee Freriks beat the previous record of Luis Alberto Hernando and stopped the clock in 07:02:03. In the female category, Ida Nilsson made a successful defense of her title and improved her marks after 8 hours, 4 minutes and 17 seconds.
Transvulcania 2017 left other remarkable figures in its ninth edition. For the first time in the history of this competition, the four modalities covered its full places and more places had to be implemented, reaching 3.600 registered athletes. It was not only the most multitudinous race, but also the most international, with 60 countries represented. Among the participants, a total number of 2.710 runners obtained the finisher medal, something that had not occurred in the previous years.
The media coverage of the event also lived up to expectations in 2017, with more than 90 requests from local, national and international media outlets. Besides, the online streaming of the race registered 85.000 visits from 108 different countries.
The competition could be followed through Televisión Canaria, which offered its best coverage in this edition, with more than four hours of live broadcast from the finish line in Los Llanos de Aridane.