Carrera Alto Sil, Leon (29k/D+1.515): Winners De Gasperi & Kortazar. 400 runners brave the snow
The Carrera Alto Sil, in the spanish province of Leon, reached its fourth edition this Sunday 18th March and celebbrated so with a superb field of trail runners coupled with true mountain conditions, including snow. The race was finally won by Marco De Gasperi (ITA) and Ohiana Kortazar (ESP), leading a pelotón of up to 400 runners.
After an unusually mild winter so far, it seemed as if the snow had chosen to arrive this Sunday 18th of March just in time to greet the trail runners visiting the mountains of Leon for this “Carrera Alto Sil” Despite the harsh conditions, up to 400 runners chose to brave the snow upon and hit the trails to compete in one of the most prestigious mountain races in northern Spain, growing from year to year.
The competitive edge of the event was sharp, with world champion italian Marco De Gasperi leading the field with a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.Among the women, the level was just as high, with the Salomon Running athlete from Spain, Oihana Kortazar coming in first.
The 400 runners gathered at 09.00 hours in Santa Cruz del Sil (León) to start a a race that this time had to grapple with adverse weather conditions. Cold temperatures, snow and wind decorated the mountains. The route was slightly modified in this fourth edition, and went through Paramo del Sil to reach its highest at Primout and then return back to Santa Cruz del Sil for a total of 29km with accumulated ascent of 1.515 meters.
The Alto Sil is designed as much of a tough race as a pleasant mountain festival for locals and runners alike to mingle and enjoy the atmosphere and celebrations together with family and friends. The after race included a “paella” feast for all participants, who had truly earnt their fill.