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SarahCrunning - 10/05/2018 22:29:02
   
Transvulcania
Transvulcania is a key event in the Skyrunning World Series and attracts top mountain runners from around the world. The Transvulcania Ultra takes place on Saturday and covers a 74km/46 mile route across the volcanic island of La Palma. The race begins at sea level in Faro de Fuencaliente, then climbs the slopes of the volcano to the island's highest point, Roque de los Muchachos (2,421m) and then finishes back at sea level in Los Llanos de Aridene. The total ascent is 4,350 metres.

Past winners of the race include Luis Alberto Hernando, Kilian Jornet, Emilie Forsberg and Anna Frost. Ida Nilsson, female champion for the past 2 years, is back to defend her title and will be tough to beat. However, there are plenty of other strong contenders, including this year's Tarawera champion, Kelly Wolf; top Russian mountain runner, Ekaterina Mityaeva; and Speedgoat 50km winner Anna Mae Flynn.

In the men's race, skyrunning superstar Marc De Gasperi will be aiming high in one of his longest races to date. Last year's 3rd placed Zaid Ait Malek will also be hoping for a podium spot, and other strong contenders include Xavier Thevenard and Jason Schlarb.

There are plenty of other strong runners who could do well this weekend, and no one is assured of a podium spot. It should be an exciting race to track!
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SarahCrunning - 12/05/2018 20:32:03
   
RE:Transvulcania
It's been an exciting and unpredictable day on La Palma. In the men's race, it started out as a strong day for the Americans, with Cody Reed taking an early lead and Cole Watson and Morgan Elliott in 2nd and 3rd at 27km. However, Reed began to suffer with sickness, and had dropped out of the top 10 by 43km. By this point, Pere Aurell had just taken the lead, with Dimitry Mityaev close behind him. At 50km, Thibault Garrivier was briefly in 2nd, but Mityaev soon reclaimed his place and held it. In the end, it was a fairly close race between the top three:

MEN
1. Pere Aurell (Spain) - 7:37:26
2. Dmitry Mityaev (Russia) - 7:38:22
3. Thibault Garrivier (France) - 7:32:49

In the women's race, it was clear from the outset that Ida Nilsson had every intention of making it a hat trick of Transvulcania victories. She was in the lead throughout, and by 50km was 9 minutes ahead of the other women. At 27km, it was Brittany Peterson in second, followed by Mónica Comas. However, relative unknown Comas was in second by 50km, and held her place - one of the surprises of the day. Peterson remained in third until Kelly Wolf went for a strong final quarter of the race and moved up the ranks.

WOMEN
1. Ida Nilsson (Sweden) - 8:40:43
2. Mónica Comas - 8:46:57
3. Kelly Wolf (USA) - 8:49:45
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