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.

Vistas del Vall dÀneu, donde transcurre Esterri d'Àneu

View of Vall dÀneu

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 in 18 hours and 51 minutes. On the other hand, and regarding the male category, on 2014 three people, who entered the finish line together after 15 hours and 10 minutes.

Llegada a la meta de Esterri d'Àneu

Arrival at Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu

 

Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu, more than a race

The UTVA is a clear example of how sport can help invigorate rural areas. The council of Esterri d’Àneu understood this potentiality and the opportunity to promote the area of Vall d’Àneu during the race.

The 2016 UTVA will be held on July the 2nd and we are sure that, once again, it will be a complete success. At Safesport ID we are collaborating with 10 euros on our online shop for every participant, as well as a free bracelet for every winner in the different categories.

Do not forget to follow the race on their Facebook and Twitter account so that you can be updated about all their latest news

Furthermore, one of our colleagues will be participating in the race and will tell us everything about his experience!

See you at Valls d’Àneu!

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