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02
2016

The National Park contributes to enhance the safety of the Transvulcania course

A change in the course of Transvulcania, suggested by the management of Caldera de Taburiente National Park, will allow the event to increase the safety of its runners. With the new track, which consistently leads the participants in a single direction, the overall distance of the Ultramarathon shrinks to 74.33 kilometers and the Marathon to 45.00 kilometers. The decision was born in the safety meeting celebrated on the 19th of November and attended by the public entities concerned with the matter. On that date, the organizers of  Transvulcania Naviera Armas introduced the original plan for the 2016 race course, which included a brand new aid station at the end of the forest track of Pico de la Nieve. At the time the design included a section of 600 meters shared by runners going and returning from the said aid station.

It was then when the director of the National Park, Ángel Palomares, suggested the alternative use of an existing yet unmarked path which climbed over Lomo de las Vergas, skims a fenced plant nursery and allows a direct link back to the race course (GR 131). Less than two weeks later, on the 1st of December, the option was then evaluated on the ground, again with the guidance of the National Park and the safety assessment of the mountain rescuers of Ayuda en Emergencias Anaga (AEA). Finally, and on the 19th of February, the new course was favorably approved by the National Park Board of Trustees.

Thanks to this alternative, the safety of runners will become greatly enhanced, with the additional benefit of obtaining a course design closer to that of the original Transvulcania Naviera Armas. And to make things better, all these goals are compatible with the use of the new aid station located at the base of Pico de la Nieve. Thanks to the use of this wider location, the area will also feature a field hospital and a mandatory checkpoint for runners of the Marathon and the Ultramarathon.

With the new track the descent will start on the PR LP 3 hiking path, which diverts toward the northeast before reaching Pico de la Nieve. After a downhill section of  1,467 metres which will lead them to the aid station, runners will then get back to the GR 131 after a corresponding climb of 679 metres in length.

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