Trail – 10 races you should run at least once in your life

Trail – 10 races you should run at least once in your life

Today we are talking about 10 races that will take you to the most inhospitable places in the world, from going through deserts, to traverse islands and circle mountains, always accompanied by extreme temperatures. These races are only for hardcore-trail lovers. Have you participated in any of these 10 races? If so, tell us your experience in the comments! 10 trail races that will test your limitations Ultra Trail del Mont Blanc: UTMB is one of the most famous events in the world. During the week of the UTMB, 5 events take place at the same time at Mont Blanc, gathring more than 7.000 people in the highest mountain in Europe. If you hadn’t make it to the race, you can always follow it live from their website. Tor des Geants: Tor des Geants will take us to surround the “4 giants” at Val d’Aosta, the Italian Alps. These giants (or “geants”) sill take us surround the mountainside of the Montblanc, Grand Paradiso, Monte Rosso and Cervino, and in order to win you will need to avoid sleeping: winners tend to end the course in 3 days, although the organizers will give you 6 days to go through its 330 kilometres. Tor des Geants is not a challenge for everybody, and many people can spend years trying to get a slot. Kima Trophy: also in Italy, the Kima Trophy takes place in Val Masino, north of the country. Kima Trophy is a biannunal race with a 52 kilometres itinerary and 4200 metres of vertical drop. Kima Trophy is also a pioneer in skyrunning races. Zegama: we travel now to  Zegama at Basque Country in...
Els 2900 – Crowning 7 Andorran mountains in one race

Els 2900 – Crowning 7 Andorran mountains in one race

Do you imagine a race where you have to crown the 7 highest mountains of Andorra? This is the idea that gave brith to Els 2900, a race that offers the possibility to enjoy a trail race in one of the most beautiful plces in Europe. Despite being quite a “young” race, Els 2900 has managed to make its own space in the club of the most important trail races. But, how was born this itinerary, which in just 2 years has becom one of the most impressive ones in the world? Here’s the story: Els 2900 was borned thanks to the initiative of two people who one day, decided that they wanted to go over the 7 Andorran summits that were higher than 2900 metres. Those two pioneers, Matt Lefort and Carles Rossell, quickly realized that this itinerary deserved to become a race, so they decided to get to work. Els 2900 is a race only for the chosen ones In 2014 appeared for the first time in the race calendar, with what its creators called the “Edition 0”, a test edition with test runners that was a success. In 2015 the first edition of Els 2900 took place, but the registration was not open for everybody: the 50 participants that would enjoy this itinerary would be chosen by the organization regarding a dossier. Els 2900 is not for everybody: according to the organizers’ definition of the race: “it’s the toughest and most technical itinerary currently”. Starting from Refugio del Estany de la Pera, the race will take us to crown the 7 highest peaks of Andorra, sharing this adventure with...
Charity races: running for a good cause

Charity races: running for a good cause

Thousands of races fill our calendar each weekend: from popular races to triathlons, marathons and half-marathons, our country is full of events that we can all enjoy. However, if participating and competing at a race is not enough for you, we have gathered a list of charity races where you can help those who need it the most while exercising and having a good time. Charity races for everybody! Wings for Life World Run: Wings for Life is a worldwide event that takes place at more than 30 cities simultaneously. The next Wings for Life World Run will take place on the 7th of May of 2017 and the mission of the race is to make spinal cord injury curable, by donating the benefits of the race to research. But how does Wings for Life World Run work? Half an hour after all the runners cross the start line, the Catcher Car will depart catching all the runners: as long as you stay ahead of the car, you continue in the race. The Catcher Car will chase all the participants until just one person will keep on running: he or she will be the winner of Wings for Life. You can check the race’s website here for more information: http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/   Pretty Muddy: among all the charity races only for women, Pretty Muddy is a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through in order to get to the finish line. This race is organized by Race for Life – Cancer Research UK, so the benefits of the race will go, of...
Titan Desert – BTT in the Moroccan desert

Titan Desert – BTT in the Moroccan desert

Six BTT stages in Morocco, with a lot of desert and a bit of mountain. We are refering to the Titan Desert, that has celebrated 10 years recently.  Titan Desert was born on 2006 as a BTT-alternative to Paris-Dakar. The organizers wanted to create an event as tough as Paris-Dakar for BTT lovers, creating a race that more than a race is an opportunity for the participants to test their limits and overcome themselves. Despite what it may seem, Titan Desert is open to anybody that wants to participate, and there’s no need to be a professional cylcer. However, it’s necessary to be in good physical fitness and be aware of the challenge that you are about to face: you will be cycling in the desert, with really high temperatures and in really hard conditions. At some points, you will even need to pick up your bike and start walking with it in your hand, as the sand makes impossible to continue pedalling. The Titan Desert’s itinerary changes every year Along it’s 6 stages, we can visit many places in Morocco such as the village of Merzouga in the desert, Rissani (a city in a pal grove) or a mountain stage in the Morrocan-Swiss Alps (Ifrane) that was part of the Titan Desert in the last edition of the race. The total distance of the race changes every year, but it stands around the 650 kilometres divided in 6 stages.  Thanks to the hard work  of more that 100 people that are part of Titan Desert’s staff, plus all the doctors, physioterapists and mechanics that will accompany you in every stage, you...
Quebrantahuesos –  A must for all the bike lovers

Quebrantahuesos – A must for all the bike lovers

Inspired in the bird of prey that lives in the spanish Pyrenees, the Quebrantahuesos is a must for all the bike lovers. Along its 200 kilometres, we will enjoy  the beautiful landscapes of the Pyrenees but we will also suffer along its four mountain ports, among which we can find the Marie Blanque, a regular at Tour de France.   Quebrantahuesos is one of the most important cyclotourist rides in Spain. With the departure an the arrival located at Sabiñánigo, Huesca, the riders in this non-competitive race will have the chance to share its 200 kilometres together with thousands of cyclists from all over the world.   Quebrantahuesos is not only the name of a race, but also the name of one of the fiercests birds, the bearded vulture and the cyclotourist ride honours its name and will test the most experienced ciclysts with an itinerary in which the participants will find a total of 4 mountain ports such as the Marie Blanque (a regular at Tour de France) and the Portalet. The registration is open for everybody, from professionals to amateurs, although the slots are always chosed by drawing lots. Quebrantahuesos: much more than a cyclotourist ride   This cyclotourist ride started thanks to Peña Ciclista Edelweiss, a club from Saniñánigo. However, and as Quebrantahuesos was not enough for the organizers, 13 years ago they gave birth to Treparriscos, Quebrantahuesos’ little sister. Treparriscos is a 85 kilometres-long ride for those who prefer a shorter and more relaxed itinerary. Treparriscos, as Quebrantahuesos, receives its name from a bird that lives in the spanish Pyrenees, the wallcreeper, smaller than the bearded vulture.   Quebrantahuesos is not...
Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu (UTVA) – A race in the heart of the Pyrenees

Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu (UTVA) – A race in the heart of the Pyrenees

With its 92 km and 7.344 metres of ascent, the Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu is one of the hardest races you can imagine, only for the most experienced runners. Departing and arriving at Esterri d’Aneu, the Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu will take its participants through a stunning itinerary through the National Park of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici and the Parc Natural del Alt Pirineu in Lérida, Spain. The itinerary of this race it’s not only really demanding but also, and as the race’s organizer of the race defines it “untamed”. “The UTVA will make the runner suffer and feel how ti is to run in the mountain” Lloret declares. How was the Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu born? “It actually started as a hommage for our Friends Edu, Just and Quique, who lost their life in an unfortunate accident” said Ramón Villuendas, race director and also major of Esterri d’Àneu. The first edition took place on 2009 but with a shorter distance and since then the race has been growing and growing every year, attracting runners from the whole world who really appreciate such a hard itinerary. The Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu in numbers This year the athletes will be able to participate in three different distances that are more fitting for the different profiles of runners that want to take part in this experience: 93K, 45K and 20K. With so many options, there are no excuses for nor participating and enjoy a course that will take us to the most beautiful landscapes of Spain. On 2015 it was the runner Nerea Martínez Urruzola who set the record...
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