The Italian runner almost achieved the podium in last year’s edition, which was his first appearance in the Transvulcania Naviera Armas
The Transvulcania Naviera Armas 2019 continues his recruitment of the best athletes in the world for the eleventh edition of the event. The Italian runner Marco de Gasperi, six times world champion, is the last runner who has confirmed his participation in the Ultramarathon.
The Transalpine athlete almost achieved the podium in his first appearance in the most international event of La Palma. The legendary runner from Bormio will be back in La Palma in order to try to finish the race at the podium, after his great experience in the Transvulcania Naviera Armas 2018, where he had a great “battle” with three other phenomenal athletes, such as Pere Aurell, Dmytri Mytiaev or Xavier Thevenard.
De Gasperi will be once again considered as one of the athletes who will be fighting for the win, as he has long experience earned by competing in a lot of different races. This experience is proven after winning several of the most important events in the world of Skyrunning. De Gasperi counts with six World Championships, one Europe Skyrunning Championship, as well as eleven World Championships in teams and fourteen Europe Championships in teams as well.
In 2017, Marco de Gasperi won the Skyrunning Classic World Cup, after beating other big runners such as Aritz Egea, Jan Margarit or Pascal Egli (reigning runner up at the WMRA). Furthermore, De Gasperi has also won the Limonextreme (2012), Matterhorn Ultra (2017), Giri di Mont (2016), El Cruce (2014, 2016) and Sierre Zinal (2008, 2011, 2012).
“To count with runners like Marco de Gasperi is an absolute honour for the organisation of the Transvulcania Naviera Armas, because we know that the Italian runner will fight and do whatever he can until he passes the finish line”, said the sports counsellor of La Palma, Ascensión Rodríguez, after speaking about the presence of the Transalpine athlete, for the second time in a row, in the Transvulcania Naviera Armas.