Trail Running Spain: Ultra Pirineu 2014 at Bagá (Catalonia) sold out 100k-42k races as it takes over from Ultra Cavalls del Vent 2013.

The new Ultra Pirineu 2014 has just announced it has sold out all its entries for the four races coming up next September 20th.  Come share with us a look back at 2012 & 2013 great races, plus detailed info on 2014 edition.

Trail running Spain Ultra Pirineu 2014

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FROM CAVALLS DEL VENT TO ULTRA PIRINEU, THE ORIGINS. 

Cavalls del Vent is a beatiful classic 80k mountain traverse that links the 8 refuges of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Parc at the Pyrenees in Barcelona province. Its iconic summit is Pedraforca, a true bigwall climbing paradise as well. For several years now, the Ultra Cavalls  del Vent (grown up to 100km/D+6.660m last 2013)  had grown into a great celebration of these mountains.

Ultra Pirineu 2013 Map: First year with 100k  course.

Ultra Pirineu 2013 Map: First year with 100k course.

Over the last two editions, in 2013 and 2013 our team went live to Bagá and covered the race inside & out for our audience: Some of our team were blazing the trails as just one more runner, some trailing it with our cameras.  Take a look here at our race reports, fotos and videos both from the 2012 edition won by Kilian Jornet & Nuria Picas, and the 2013 one with Luis Alberto Hernando and Nuria Picas at the top.

Trailrunningspain editor Mayayo crossing the finish line in 2013.

Trailrunningspain editor Mayayo crossing the finish line in 2013.

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ULTRA PIRINEU 2014 (SALOMON NATURE TRAILS)  SOLD OUT

Registration to 100k race Ultra Pirineu has been hailed as a success by its organizers after demand exceeded the number of 900 available entries and there was a need to celebrata a public lottery to allocate the bibs, last March 14th
Registration to 42k race Marató Pirineu closed on March 21st after selling out its 600 available positions in record time as well.

All participating runners will enjoy an event that is growing in distance and number of races, taking place in the Cadí Moixeró Natural Park and enjoying the great atmosphere of the area´s  villages plus heartfelt support from the locals.

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The event  will take place on September 20th and 21st of 2014. Beyond the classic ultra trail this time it also includes the Marató Pirineu, a new race that has also sold out. Its registration period opened on February 18th with 600 open positions, which have already been assigned, reinforcing once more the success of an event with recognized technical level and organization, already a reference in mountain running races.

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ANTON KRUPICKA, MIGUEL HERAS & NÚRIA PICAS CONFIRM RUNNING.

Ultra Pirineu 2014 will count once again with the new Balance team trailrunner Anton Krupicka, one of the big names in ultra endurance running worldwide. The Nebraskan runner, known for his minimalist approach to mountain running and his bearded look with long hair, finished second in the 2012 edition after Kilian Jornet.

Kilian Jornet & Anton Krupicka leading the 2012 edition.

Kilian Jornet & Anton Krupicka leading the 2012 edition.

He will be tested again this year in over a course partially new to him, running all  over the Cadí Moixeró Natural Park this time to cover 100 kilometers and 6,300 meters of elevation gain, including a circle around the Pedraforca. “I loved Cadí Moixeró when I ran it two years ago and am very excited at the opportunity to return this September”

The Salomon Running team member Miguel Heras is by now a true classic of this race, having achieved over the years every one of the podium positions.

As for the women, the great race icon and local favorite Núria Picas is sure to come back once again to aim for yet another victory at this dearest race for her

Nuria Picas & Uxue Fraile shae a laugh at the finish line in 2013.

Nuria Picas & Uxue Fraile shae a laugh at the finish line in 2013.

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ULTRA PIRINEU & MARATÓ PIRINEU COURSE MAPS AND PROFILES.

See below the races maps & profiles for the main races, the 100k Ultra Pirineu and the 42k Marató Pirineu

Trail running Spain Ultra Pirineu 2014 profile  and program Trail running Spain Ultra Pirineu 2014 course map Trail running Spain Marato Pirineu 2014 profile  and program Trail running Spain Marato Pirineu 2014 course map

Given the previous history of the race, it sure is a safe bet to say that fans will also enjoy the three new 2014 races: Marató Pirineu with 42 kilometers, the Nit Pirineu with 6 kilometers and the XS Pirineu for the youngest.

In fact, let us remind fans that there are still entries available are open positions for two of the four races:, the Nit Pirineu and XS Pirineu. Registration to these races will open in a month, at the closing of the ski station La Molina at the end of April.

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FURTHER INFO ABOUT MOUNTAINS RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

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Kilian Jornet´s new film “Dejame Vivir” shares in the experiences at Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Elbrus records in 2013

Kilian Jornet has new launched his second film, within the scope of the Summits of My Life project.  Having recently become National Geographic´s “Adventurer of the Year 2014” he now shares with us the joys and sorrows of his three mountain speed record attemps in 2013, to Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Elbrus.

Our team, interviewing Kilian Jornet at Guadarrama National Park, after his records in 2013.

Our team, interviewing Kilian Jornet at Guadarrama National Park, after his records in 2013.

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KILIAN JORNET´S SECOND FILM: Déjame vivir. 

The making-off. 

Kilian Jornet released yesterday “Déjame Vivir” (Let Me Live) as the second film of his personal project Summits of My Life. This 62-minute film, once again directed by Seb Montaz, shows the challenges Jornet and his team faced on three mountains around Europe during 2013.

The film, shot in five languages, portrays Kilian Jornet defying his own limits to make a childhood dream come true by following in the footsteps of skyrunning pioneers like Bruno Brunod to become the World Champion.

Déjame Vivir shows attempts to break records on Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Mount Elbrus. Intimately portrayed and unveiling the human side, each challenge is also a reflection of the values that sustain the project Summits of My Life. Déjame Vivir is, ultimately, a collage of experiences that allow the viewer to get to know Kilian Jornet and what he does from a much closer viewpoint.

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life original project 2012-2015

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life original project 2012-2015

Kilian declared: “Déjame Vivir reflects a way to see the mountains, mine and a group of friends that we like to go explore the mountains in a light and dynamic and where disciplines get mixed and we can either run, ski, climb… The film explains what we do but especially why we do it, and where our motivation came from, going back to the pioneers of this sport. I think it’s a movie where spectators will understand that, at the end, what is important in any project is not the final goal but the way we challenge ourselves to get there”

Film director Seb Montaz explains: “Kilian often sang the song Déjame Vivir during filming. At that time, I did not know what the lyrics meant. But he then explained that the song title meant: “let me live” and I found that had quite a symbolic meaning: one person, Kilian, who wants to be allowed to fulfill his dreams. This is also the underlying philosophy of the project Summits of My Life, and so we thought that was quite appropriate.”

The film will be available for download or purchase on DVD as of today, March 27th at 7 pm on the Summits of My Life website, although the official presentation will take place in the coming months.

DÉJAME VIVIR, A SUMMARY OF THE STORY. 

The second year of the Summits of My Life challenges began on Mont Blanc in July, where Jornet managed to break the ascent speed record with a time of 04h57′. As well a sporting success, this story is also a hymn to friendship, as Jornet did not want to attempt the record alone and so he went with his friend Mathéo Jacquemoud. Although the latter suffered a fall during descent and Jornet had to finish the journey alone, he has always stated that it was a joint record.

In late August, in pursuit of a childhood dream, Kilian Jornet broke the ascent and descent record on the Matterhorn, in a time of 2h 52′. Bruno Brunod, who held the previous record and had been Jornet’s idol since childhood, also stars in this part of the film. In fact, Déjame Vivir follows in the footsteps of the pioneers of Skyrunning, a group of mountaineers who conceived a different way to approach the mountains: using the minimum of materials with the objective of breaking speed records. Kilian Jornet, together with all those who practice this sport, are the legacy of that generation of mountaineers led by Bruno Brunod and Marino Giacometi, among others. The film is, thus, also a tribute to these pioneers who inspired Jornet.

KIlian Jornet reflects on Bruno Brunod´s records. Photo: Kilian´s Quest.

KIlian Jornet reflects on Bruno Brunod´s records. Photo: Kilian´s Quest.

In September, and to put an end to the second year of challenges, Kilian Jornet, Seb Montaz and some members of the technical staff travelled to the Caucasus for a record attempt on Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. Following the Elbrus Race, a mythical race that climbs up to the summit at 5,642m, Jornet tried to beat the existing record. Bad weather conditions forced him to abandon without reaching the summit. Undoubtedly, another example of the inner philosophy of Summits of My Life, a project that highlights the idea that the experiences and knowledge acquired along the way are what matters, rather than the actual fulfilment of a goal.

Déjame Vivir puts all these challenges as well as other everyday scenes into images that help us to get to know athlete Kilian Jornet more intimately. Nourished by the feats of past heroes of this sport, Kilian adapts it to our times. A person who asks to be allowed to live according to his own philosophy and values and who surrounds himself by loved ones, not fearing to face upcoming challenges.

This year, 2014, Jornet will attempt to break speed records on McKinley (6,196m) and Aconcagua (6,959m).

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THE OFFICIAL RELEASE OF DÉJAME VIVIR, 27 MARCH 19H. 

Déjame Vivir world premier was aired through an online broadcast yesterday March 27th. This allowed the Project’s worldwide audience to view it simultaneously. So, at 7pm central European time an online connection to the project website was established and Jornet himself presented Déjame Vivir. The official trailer of the film (shown below) was also be broadcast.


Various screenings in different cities will follow, the dates of which are yet to be confirmed. The first one will be in Barcelona sometime in May with a similar format to A Fine Line, which gathered together as many as 1,500 spectators at the Palau de la Música.

Apart from these presentations, the film is now available on DVD or for downloading from the project website. The campaign Friends of Summits of My Life is open to those who identify with the project values and are willing to contribute to it.

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FURTHER INFO ABOUT TRAIL RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

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Kilian Jornet designated by National Geographic as Adventurer of the Year.

Kilian Jornet has been designated as “Adventurer of the Year 2014” by the famous American magazine National Geographic. In an open voting procedure which recorded the highest number of votes in the history of the award, Jornet was awarded the prize for the milestones achieved within the scope of the Summits of My Life project.

Kilian Jornet: Adventurer of the year National Geographic.

Kilian Jornet: Adventurer of the year National Geographic. Image: National Geographic.

“Being designated adventurer of the year by National Geographic is important to me. It is an acknowledgement from the publication I have read since I was very young which shares the same values that I hold dear: nature, adventure… The most exciting aspect of this prize is that it is awarded by the general public. Feeling that what I do can inspire others and drive them to go out and fulfil their dreams is truly motivating and important,” said Kilian Jornet.

The famous American magazine National Geographic has designated Kilian Jornet as “Adventurer of the Year 2014” for the records he set during the Summits of My Life project and for popularizing skyrunning and mountain sports. Jornet competed against thirteen candidates for the votes of the magazine readers, all of them nominated for their work as explorers and disseminators of adventure culture. During this edition, more than 75,000 votes were recorded, the highest number reached during the nine years of existence of this trophy.

“I’m very happy about winning this prize. It’s a great honour. I don’t run or set these records to win recognition or prizes, but I must say, it’s really good to know there is a prize in which people have voted for me, and even more when they are readers of a publication such as National Geographic.” stated Jornet.

Kilian Jornet en Zegama 2013

National Geographic designated Jornet as an example of the adventurous spirit in the purest sense of the word, by demonstrating on each occasion that obstacles are meant to be overcome. According to the magazine, the most evident example is the records he set during the Summits of My Life project. In 2013, Jornet beat the Mont Blanc record with a time of 04h57 and the Matterhorn with 2h52, improving the previous records by 15 and 30 minutes respectively. National Geographic also highlighted the popularization and visibility that Kilian Jornet has brought to skyrunning and mountain sports.

During the open voting process along with thirteen other candidates, Jornet obtained the highest number of endorsements. Many adventurers have received this prestigious prize, such as the skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who won the prize in 2013 as the first man to break the sound barrier and the freefall record by jumping from the stratosphere.

Jornet travelled to New York this morning to collect the prize, which was awarded during the Morning programme broadcast by the American channel CBS. Before collecting the prize, Jornet said: “Being designated adventurer of the year by National Geographic is very important to me. It is an acknowledgement from the publication I have read since I was very young which shares the same values that I hold dear: nature, adventure… The most exciting aspect of this prize is that it is awarded by the general public. For this reason I would like to thank all those who voted for me and all those who have supported me since I became involved in this sport. Feeling that what I do can inspire others and drive them to go out and fulfil their dreams is truly motivating and important”.

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life project

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life project

In 2014, the athlete wants to continue with the Summits of My Life project, by trying to establish records on Mt. McKinley (6186m), Mt. Aconcagua (6959m) and Mt. Elbrus (5642m). The project is scheduled to end in 2015 with an attempt to climb and descend Mt. Everest (8848m). Jornet will try to beat the unassisted and shortest time records, taking his inspiration as always from the values of life and the mountain, the same values that have also allowed him to be designated as “Adventurer of the Year”.

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KILIAN JORNET, A  LONG AND VERY PERSONAL INTERVIEW.

Having shared quite some time with Kilian over the years, we have enjoyed watching him grow to set new personal challenges day by day, eventually becoming a global adventure icon along the way. As recently as this autumn we had the rare luxury nowadays of sharing a long personal interview with Kilian out at La Pedriza Natural Park, just 50k from Madrid. Kilian had just finished a solo fun run and scrambling around the area, noted for its beauty and climbing routes.

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We shared views on the personal beliefs and philosophoy of such great icons of running or mountaneering, such as Zatopek or Bonatti. We discussed the beauty and the ugliness that comes, we debated on trail running as a future olympic sport and much more. See it all below in two parts (in spanish, sorry, mates)

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FURTHER INFO ABOUT TRAIL RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

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Spain Ultra Cup 2014 calendar (March to October): Ultra trails at Gran Canaria, Penyagolosa, Pyrenees, Guadarrama & Guara.

 

The Spain Ultra Cup has announced its final 2014 series calendar as the national ultra trail circuit of reference, featuring five highly reputed races to enjoy mountain running at its best over the whole country, with the support of the International Trail Running Association ( ITRA ).

Spain Ultra Cup 2014 logos

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SPAIN ULTRA CUP 2014: FIVE GREAT ULTRA TRAILS,

FROM MARCH 1st TO OCTOBER  4th

The Spain Ultra Cup has announced its final 2014 series calendar as the national ultra trail circuit of reference, featuring five highly reputed races to enjoy mountain running at its best over the whole country, with the support of the International Trail Running Association ( ITRA ).

The series take trail runners through Gran Canaria, Alto Maestrazgo, the Pyrenees, the Guadarrama National Park and the Sierra de Guara.
The five mountain races that form this 2014 edition of the Ultra Cup Spain are: TNF Transgrancanaria Advanced 82k ( March 1st) ; Penyagolosa Trails CSP 115K (May 17th) ; Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons 85k (June 6th) , Gran Trail Peñalara 110k ( June 27th) and Ultra Trail Guara Somontano 98k (October 4th) .

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As the race directors emphasized during the official presentation ceremony last December 14th at Madrid, the goal of the circuit is to provide the best of the national trail running scene for the benefit of popular ultra runners, who will then be able to choose freely their favorite three races from March to October, according to their schedule and regional preferences.

In addition to starting the first edition in 2014 with five major races, the Spain Ultra Cup ( SUC ) wishes to acknowledge the high interest shown by several organizers of other big name races. Time constraints and prior commitments of the parties advised not to include all of them in this inaugural season. Therefore, the 2015 calendar is already expected to significantly expand the range of mountains covered as well as the race calendar.

To this end, the Spain Ultra Cup Spain relies upon three key pillars: The enthusiasm and support put forward by the five founding races of 2013; the excitement and encouragement expressed by other reputable organizers; and finally the large experience and know-how of the International Trail Running Association ( ITRA ) whose president, Michel Poletti, personally joined the presentation of the Spain Ultra Cup back in December 14th.

Spain Ultra Cup 2014 ranking procedures: By completing each of these five events, ultra runners will receive SUC ranking in proportion to both their finish in the race as well as the field competitive level. At the end of the year, every position in the final ranking will consider only the three best results to proclaim the male and female Champions of the Spain Ultra Cup.

Next steps: Having now closed the final schedule , the Cup organizers, together with the five race directors will jointly strive to develop and communicate the final ranking score details per race, way ahead the start of the first TNF Transgrancanaria Advanced 82k on March 1st. Registrations for Transgrancanaria, Volta Cerdanya and Gran Trail Peñalara are already open while Penyagolosa CSP115k is to open next Jan 10th and only the autumn race at Guara Somontano is still far from its entry opening date.

Santi Santamaria, race director of Ultra Trail Guara Somontano declared: “The UTGS was born in 2009 as a project that would blend its founders love for the beauty of Sierra de Guara together with the values transmitted by trail running. Set in the fantastic scenery of the Sierra de Guara Canyons Natural Park, with the historic village of Alquezar as its start and finish, the UTGS event offers a grand tour of the most emblematic areas of the park allowing for several races of different difficulty in order to all its visitors to enjoy both the natural charms of this area as well as its rich cultural heritage”

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“Although the Sierra de Guara is has a worldwide reputation for its canyons and ravines , being a haven for canyoning lovers, its possibilities go far beyond, having in fact also earnt a solid reputation being well known for its wines of the DO Somontano label, or its cultural richness with numerous prehistoric caves art paintings .”

“Joining the Spain Ultra Cup will allow us to boost awareness of our race and all it has to offer. Along with the rest of the Cup events, we will offer a perfect ultra trail tour of Spain with well know and highly reputed events, ready to for visitors from abroad to enjoy the sport and the mountains that we celebrate”

Sergio Garasa Mayayo, Spain Ultra Cup manager, declared: “Joining in with the Ultra Trail Guara Somontano as the fifth race as the circuit will provide a perfect finish for this first edition. The team at Alquezar has consistently demonstrated solid organization and extreme dedication to the popular runner in all details ever since the race was born. Besides that, it is a true pleasure for us to offer international trail runners a chance to discover the magic of the Sierra de Guara, particularly in its splendid autumn season.
Guara Somontano joins the series races, which will kick off the European season in March at Gran Canaria and then progress through the other three events, well into the heart of the ultra trail annual calendar, to enjoy the Alto Maestrazgo, the Pyrenees or the heart of the Guadarrama.”

“All five races of the 2014 Cup Ultra Spain wish to thank the warm welcome received from across the trail running world, from the national mountains association, to the ITRA , the sports media and other race organizers. They have all helped us with their comments and suggestions driving us to refine the project, polish it and move more solidly. “

“But above all, we must thank trail runners themselves, from all over Spain. Their enthusiasm and encouragement following and cheering us on through our social media and website , definitely drive us to live up to their expectations.”

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ULTRA TRAIL GUARA SOMONTANO: 2013 PHOTOGALLERY. 

FURTHER INFO ABOUT TRAIL RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

Carrerasdemontana.com: Leading trail running online in Spain, since 2007

Our articles on Spain´s  trail races & trail runners in Spain for 2013 

See the news on spain´s mountain races for 2014

Results key Trail Races Spain & others

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Spain Ultra Cup launched: Four prestigious ultra trails & ITRA.

 

 The four mountain races that have founded this Spain Ultra Cup are: TNF Transgrancanaria, Penyagolosa Trails, Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons,  and Gran Trail Peñalara. The purpose of the circuit is to offer the best of mountain ultra running to runners, both national and international, allowing them to tailor their choice of races according to their schedule and preferences .

The organizers together with reference runners from Spain.

The organizers together with reference runners from Spain.

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SPAIN ULTRA CUP OFFICIALY LAUNCHED AT MADRID 14TH DECEMBER. 

Last Saturday saw the official presentation at Madrid of the new  “Spain Ultra Cup” national ultra running series , led by the four race directors of the prestigious founding races , together with Michel Poletti , president of the International Trail Running ( ITRA )

As declared by the organizers, the circuit is at the moment open to add selectively one or two further races among those that meet the stringent quality requirements in order to allow for greater geographical coverage and time range .

Of particular importance was the presence in the act of Michel Poletti,  who had chosen to make this his first trail running large event in the peninsula. Michel is one of the great references of the trail running world: He presides over ITRA, whose world ranking collects and sorts results of over 2,500 trail races to rank more than 300,000 runners.

He is also the cofounder of the TNF Ultra Trail Mont Blanc , probably the most charismatic ultra trail on a global perspective. Currently, he is focused on supporting the global development of the trail running sport, including support for major initiatives like the Ultra Trail World Tour.

The launch of the Spain Ultra Cup was attended by major figures of all sectors of the trail running scene in: Champions of Spain Raul Garcia Castán and Vanesa Ortega ; popular runners, race organizers from the Basque Country to Andalusia, brand managers from outdoor companies and outdoor retailers. All of them supporting the most important ultra trail initiative yet launched in Spain.

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Operating rules Spain Ultra Cup: Upon completion of each race, runners will receive ranking points for the Cup,  proportionate to both his race ranking as well as with the race field competitive level. At the end of the year, every runner´s  position in the final ranking will consider only the best three best results achieved, to proclaim the Champion for the Spain Ultra Cup.

Spain Ultra Cup: Michel Poletti. President ITRA.

Spain Ultra Cup: Michel Poletti. President ITRA.

Declarations by Michel Poletti , president of ITRA:  “In France we say that the number of runners trail running our country is perhaps the largest in the world. But we also recognize that the quality of the Spanish trail runners is unmatched at the moment. I wanted to be here today for three reasons: First, to support this circuit focused upon the popular trail runners, which seems a great initiative from the ITRA perspective . I wanted also to learn more about how things work in Spain,that have led to this level of competitive excellence among its elite runners. Finally ,I looked forward  to sharing our philosophy on the values ​​of trail and some of the lessons learned around the world in recent years .”

Spain Ultra Cup: Carlos Gonzalez. RD Transgrancanaria.

Spain Ultra Cup: Carlos Gonzalez. RD Transgrancanaria.

Declarations Carlos González , RD for TNF Transgrancanaria : “From the origins of Transgrancanaria our greatest desire has been to offer the popular runner a unique and unforgettable experience, and that is why every edition we look at how our races might be further improved. Today we are pleased to announce that we will be part of Spain Ultra Cup , a circuit that links to some of the most prestigious ultra races from our country.

All share values ​​such as respect for the environment in which the events taks place , the enhancement of local cultural and landscape heritage plus a  desire to improve the living conditions at each  territory were a race is held. We also share a commitment to equality among all participants , from first to last that ever cross our finish line, and the existence of equal rules for everyone, without exception.

In the case of The North Face Transgrancanaria , the runner can enjoy the incredible environmental diversity of the island of Gran Canaria , surprise himself with the landscape and climatic differences to be experienced during the race. From  the spectacular cliffs of the north coast to the soft sand of the south of the island , having traveledin between through dense  pine forests , huge ancient volcano craters, inland villages and even areas of ancient Aboriginal settlements. Such a unique way to discover our island will most probably come back for a repeat visit at a more relaxed pace with family and friends”

Spain Ultra Cup: Tico Cervera. RD Penyagolosa Trails.

Spain Ultra Cup: Tico Cervera. RD Penyagolosa Trails.

Declarations Tico Cervera , RD Penyagolosa Trails: “Several sports clubs of the Castellón province pooled their forces together with the Castellón County Counci l, some time ago under the brand Penyagolosa trails to promote the region´s two most relevant ultra races:  The 63km Marató i Mitja (MiM) and the 115k Ultra Castellón Penyagolosa (CSP115). This union allowed us to work harder and better for the development of our sport .

Among our specific objectives  we include positioning the province of Castellón as a leader among the national scene of mountain races , promoting the development of mountain running , and promote the natural  landscape and cultural environment of the interior of the province of .

Therefore, it was only  logical for us now to apply the same philosophy up into the national level ,working together with another three ultra trail organizations with a  proven track record and highly valued by amateur runners from all around the country. Our joint effort now aims to build a  quality circuit with maximum guarantees where every fan can choose  every year among our series to  find the three races that best meet their problematic start and illusions.”

Spain Ultra Cup: Eduard Jorent. RD Volta Cerdanya

Spain Ultra Cup: Eduard Jorent. RD Volta Cerdanya

Declaration of Eduard Jornet , race director Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons: “La Cerdanya is an ideal place to enjoy the sport in a unique environment offering the ability to perform various outdoor sports, such as Nordic and alpine skiing , golf , horse riding, mountain biking and road fishing, climbing , hiking and RUNNING .

The courses of the races that make up the  VCUF ( Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons ) take you on a great tour  to discover the history , heritage , gastronomy and more of the  ancient Cerdanya  region, giving a new and dynamic concept to traditional mountain routes .

Running the  VOLTA CERDANYA ULTRAFONS in any of  its forms, stepping on  the trailsthat  link the villages of the region among them or with the neighboring regions allows for a wonderful natural setting ,  enjoying one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe for its amplitude and sunshine .  The mountain playground where athletes as Kilian Jornet or Emma Roca have spent countless hours exploring its charms and stepping up & down over the valley, surrounded by the four peaks that dominate it: Carlit, Puigpedrós , Tosa de la Plana and Puigmal .

The new Spain Ultra Cup circuit allows us to work closely with other major races in reaching out to a range of popular runner together with the best ultras in the country and make them all available throughout the year in the form and way that is more convenient per each of them.”

Sñain Ultra Cup: Felipe Gonzalez, RD Gran Trail Peñalara.

Sñain Ultra Cup: Felipe Gonzalez, RD Gran Trail Peñalara.

Declarations by Felipe Rodríguez , RD Gran Trail Peñalara: “The Gran Trail Peñalarawas  born in 2010 , giving special attention to the founding principels of the Royal Alpine Society of Peñalara, set back in 1913 to promote the natural and cultural values ​​of the unique Sierra de Guadarrama in the Central Massif in Spain. What better way for it than to be part of the Spain Ultra Cup, where  runners coming from all over our country and from abroad will get to live and feel the landscape values ​​of our mountains ,thus building a personal connection with them, while maintaining respect for a protected environment and its high natural and cultural values ​​.

The Sierra de Guadarrama is neither the tallest nor the most rugged of Spain´s  mountain ranges,  but at every corner of the GranTrail Peñalara course a trail runner will surely enjoy himself: From the huge granite boulder labyrinth that forms  the Pedriza Regional Park,  to the remain of the Peñalara glaciers up to 2.430m tall ,or the  majestic Valsaín forests, where Kings of Spain once held its royal fisheries and hunting reserves.

On the very trails we step on,  there traveled centuries ago icons of Spanish history and literature such as the religious Arcipreste de Hita or the noble Marqués de Santillana, whose poems and stories of the Guadarrama are still mandatory readings for all school boy in Spain.  Our trails are packed with history, from the Madrid to Santiago pilgrim way, to the Royal Fisheries trails and the best known  trekking route in Spain, the “Camino Schmid” from the Puerto de Fuenfría to the Puerto de Navacerrada

Being a founding member of  this project, along with other well respected veterans of ultra races  who share our same philosophy of dedication to the popular runner, down to every minor detail, is perhaps the best way today to keep ensure those values will be further advanced and respected by all.”

Official website:   www.spainultracup.com

Facebook :   https://www.facebook.com/spainultracup

Twitter:  @spainultracup

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Our articles on Spain´s  trail races & trail runners in Spain for 2013 

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Trail running Spain 2014: New Spain Ultra Cup with four top races

Beginning in 2014 the organizers of four prestigious mountain running events in Spain are launching SPAIN  ULTRA CUP as their new joint project. Founding races are well known names all: TNF Transgrancanaria 82k, Penyagolosa Trails CSP115k, Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons 85k and Gran trail Peñalara 110k.

TNF Transgrancanaria 2013 start. Photo: Transgrancanaria.

TNF Transgrancanaria 2013 start. Photo: Transgrancanaria.

Organizers 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”, recognized and supported by the International Trail Running Association ( ITRA ). This  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The official tournament presentation will take place next Saturday 14th December at 13h at Hotel Meliá Avenida de America, located in Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena, 36, Madrid. The event will be attended by the four founding race directors, together with the President of ITRA, Michel Poletti.

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SPAIN ULTRA CUP PHOTOGALLERY. 

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Kilian Jornet´s book “The invisible border” just launched: Summary & Video of the official presentation.

Kilian Jornet has just presented his second book: “The invisible border”. After the success of “Run or Die” back in 2011, this new book is the story of an expedition that is a search, an escape and also a reunion with his own self.

The book is now available in Spanish, French and Catalan. See below a summary of it, as well as pics of the official presentacion and the video of Kilian himself presenting the book in his very own words.

Kilian Jornet´s  book official presentation at Madrid.

Kilian Jornet´s book official presentation at Madrid.

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KILIAN JORNET BOOK THE INVISIBLE BORDER.

Official presentation in his very own words. 

Jornet himself says that this book is very different from the first one, Run or Die. “The first book was more about the races themselves and the experiences I had undergone in those races. This second book is more of a personal quest in search of both physical and emotional boundaries.”

“This book talks about the boundaries that we encounter throughout our lives, some physical, others inside us. It also talks about emotions, searches and escape attempts. With this book I have been able to express myself from a different point of view,” declared Kilian Jornet.

As direct eye witnessess to the event, we are pleased to share Kilian´s personal comments on the reason why and the creative and personal processes that led to this book.

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THE INVISIBLE BORDER, BY KILIAN JORNET. Sumary.

The plot revolves around a story that unfolds in remote peaks, intrepid descents, challenges, risks, dangers and life or death decisions. It talks about an expedition which is a search, an escape and a reunion; a journey in which emotions flourish, feelings are intensified, and words, silences and memories acquire new depths.

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kilian jornet book the invisible border

Thus, Jornet explores a new form of literature and blends the personal recollection of the tragedy at the Alps that opens the book with later fiction based upon a real expedition on which he took part last winter, skiing wild uncharted territories at the Himalayas.

“The plot is a mixture of reality and fiction. In fact, the story is based on a trip to the Himalayas with climbers Jordi Corominas and Jordi Tosas. With that as a base, I built up a story which starts off at a difficult time in my life, and tells how I regained the enthusiasm to do things and to set myself new challenges. Writing the book has helped me a lot and I hope readers will enjoy it. “

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kilian jornet book the invisible border back

BUY KILIAN JORNET´S BOOK: If you are interested in it, the book can be found in Catalan and Spanish already and might be purchased directly either in the paperback or digital versions at Kilian’s very own online store here. The French edition will be presented on 18th November, published by Outdoor Editions.

The book is expected to be available in more languages​​ soon, as was the case with his previous book Run or Die, which has already been translated into more than ten languages.

See the original book presentation, summary and more in spanish here. 

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KILIAN JORNET OFFICIAL BOOK PRESENTATION AT MADRID: Photogallery. 

During Kilian´s visit to Madrid for the official presentation of this second book, we shared time with him discussing his books, races and views on mountain running, both at the capital and also at the Guadarrama National Park, just 50km away. Some of those moments, here.

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MORE ON KILIAN JORNET AND OTHER GREAT TRAIL RUNNERS

See  further info and last news on the races, projects and life of Kilian Jornet, here.

Our personal video interviews to world´s greatest trail runners: Emelie Forsberg, Anton Krupicka, Anna Frost, Luis Alberto Hernando,  Seb Chaigneau

Kilian Jornet and his books: Run or Die; The Invisible Border.

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Trail Running in the Basque Country: Video Mugalaris tribe from Irun, running at Erlaitz

Trail running in the Basque Country is a particularly strong movement. Both the quantity and the quality of the runners from this region are well known over Spain. But what is first and foremost admired from the Basque people all over Spain are its “aficionados”

Zegama Aizkorri: The race every runner dreams of.

Zegama Aizkorri: The race every runner dreams of.

No trail runner plodding through the mud in these northen valleys will ever feel alone. The atmosphere at the toughest spots at the Zegama Alpine Marathon might make even the Tour de France pale by comparison. Its a tradition and a shared passion that local groups like these 40 mugalaris from Irun keep growing and growing.

Trail running Basque country: Mugalaris tram ready to take on the Behobia 20k street race.

Trail running Basque country: Mugalaris team ready to take on the Behobia 20k street race.

Now come with us to the beatiful natural park at Erlaitz, let us all talk, run, laugh and share a bit of these trails as the mugalaris run around their mountains once more.

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FURTHER INFO ABOUT MOUNTAIN RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

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Key trail races & trail runners in Spain 2013 

Results key Trail Races Spain & others 2013

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Ultra trail Desafio Cantabria 2013 (90k) Crónica, resultados, fotos y video. De la playa de San Vicente al corazón en Picos de Europa.

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ULTRA TRAIL DESAFIO CANTABRA is a 90k race with a quite original course that truly deserves a closer look. It runs from the Cantabric sea at San Vicente de la Barquera all the way up & into the heart of the Picos the Europa national park. Picos is reputed among spanish trailrunners for having the steepest and most technical trails in the country, together with an enchanting scenery. The 2nd edition of this race met again with success, growing both in quantity (170 finishers) and quality, with new male & female records. See more about it here in a wide article in spanis covering race report, full results, photogallery plus an interview with the winner & new recordman Tito Parra, from Madrid.

Originally posted on Carrerasdemontana.com:

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Concluyó ya el Desafío Cantabria 2013, apuntándose un segundo año con éxito de crítica y público. La carrera crece en cantidad, con 170 finalistas, Y en calidad con nuevos records de Tito Parra y Silvia Trigueros.  Carrerasdemontana.com estuvo de nuevo este año allí en persona, para vivir y contar la carrera. Aquí os dejamos crónica, resultados, fotos y entrevista con el ganador de la carrera y nuevo record de la misma, Tito Parra. 

Clasificacion Desafio Cantabria 2013 General con parciales de paso 18oct13 170 finalistas

Ultra trail Desafio cantabria 2013: Descenso Collado Valdecoro. Fotos jcdfotografia.

Ultra trail Desafio cantabria 2013: Espectacular descenso del Collado Valdecoro. Fotos jcdfotografia.

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ULTRA TRAIL DESAFÍO CANTABRIA 2013. CRÓNICA DE CARRERA. 

A medianoche del Viernes arrancaba desde San Vicente de la Barquera esta carrera ,con cerca de 240 unidades en el pelotón ultrero y un cielo que poco a poco se iba encapotando más ocultando la claridad de la luna. Los primeros…

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Mountains of Spain: Cavalls del Vent 2013 Video, race results and photos. Trail running Catalonia.

The Cavalls del Vent is a beatiful mountain hike that links the 8 refuges of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Parc at the Pyrenees in Barcelona province. Its iconic summit is Pedraforca, a true bigwall climbing paradise as well. For several years now, the Ultra Cavalls  del Vent (grown to 100k/D+6.660m) this year has been a great celebration of these mountains.

This 2013 our team went to cover the race inside & out: Some running the ultra trail, some trailing it with our cameras. Here we bring you  full race results, plus our personal photogallery, together with the newly launched 2013 edition official video. 

Cavalls del Vent 2013 runners at race summit. Niu de l´Aliga (2500m) Photo: Kataverno.

Cavalls del Vent 2013 runners at race summit. Niu de l´Aliga (2500m) Photo: Kataverno.

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CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013 (100k/D+6.600m) 

Official race results

To download it in pdf format, here.

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CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013: Personal Race report.  

Our staff member, Mayayo, was one of the 1050 entries for this race. After finishing Ultra Trail Mont Blanc three weeks before, he took on this voyage to the heart of the Cadí-Moixeró mountains only to finish it just as tired as he was happy.  He toed the line in 18h14m and was ranked as 226th among the finishers. You may read here (in spanish) his personal race chronicle, from inside the “pelotón” :)

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CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013 VIDEO

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ULTRA CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013. Our photogallery.  

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FURTHER INFO ABOUT MOUNTAINS RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

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Key trail races & trail runners in Spain 2013 

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