As the big day approaches, a gentle reminder about the mandatory equipment for the different categories, as expressed on the Transvulcania Naviera Armas regulations. It is important to bear in mind that for safety reasons, the use of walking poles will not be allowed in the Ultramarathon and Half Marathon categories between the start line and the first aid station (Los Canarios, km 7.03).
As seen on the graphic, mobile phones are mandatory in all categories, while daytime schedules make the torches optional in all but the Ultramarathon Naviera Armas (remember that the Half Marathon will start at 7.30 AM). Regarding the lights, two of them are mandatory: a white headlamp pointing forward and a red light pointing backwards. Meanwhile, the emergency blanket is mandatory for the two longest distances, where runners must also carry a hidration system (camelback, bottles, etc.) with a minimum capacity of 1 liter.
About the walking poles, they will not be allowed in the initial segment, neither in the Half Marathon nor in the Transvulcania Naviera Armas Ultramarathon. The prohibition affects the portion between the start line (Faro de Fuencaliente) and the first aid station (Los Canarios, km 7.03). Runners willing to use walking poles in these races must carry them folded and tied to the backpack during these first kilometers. For safety reasons, carrying them in the hand and/or using them will be completely forbidden.
In relation to this, we also remind you that the only deposit of equipment directly managed by the organization will be located at Roque de los Muchachos (km 51.83 of the Ultramarathon and km 27.55 of the Marathon). It is there that runners might leave items not included in the list of mandatory equipment, like spare clothes or walking poles. Provided that they are correctly identified, they will be taken to the finish line of Los Llanos de Aridane.
Finally, please remember that officials from the Canary Islands Mountaneering Federation will randomly check the use of mandatory equipment throughout the race. The failure to produce any of the items included in the list would imply an immediate disqualification from the race.
Runners receiving assistance away from the official aid stations will also be disqualified. By assistance we mean food and drinks, but also the possibility of supplying them with or relieving them of equipment. Please note that the aid stations at Refugio del Pilar (km 24.28 of the Ultramarathon) and Roque de los Muchachos (km 51.83 of the Ultramarathon and km 27.55 of the Marathon) will have specific areas (Trail Box) for this purpose. However, assisting runners in the rest of aid stations will also be allowed.