Canary Islands race returns for eighth year
The eighth edition of the Tenerife Bluetrail, the island´s most extreme long-distance mountain race, will take place on Saturday 9th June 2018. More than 1,600 athletes from 28 countries have already registered for the event, which has a maximum capacity of 2,700. Athletes participating in this year’s event can choose from the following five categories; ‘Ultra’ (102km), Trail (67km), Maraton (43km), Media (20km) and the adapted trail, Reto, which is designed for people with disabilities (8km, 3.7km and 1.2km).
As Spain’s highest and Europe’s second highest race, the Tenerife Bluetrail attracts the best athletes from all over the world. A number have already confirmed their participation in this year´s edition including French runner Christelle Bard (last year´s Ultra winner), Sange Sherpa (the winner of the 2017 Ultra Skyrunner World Series), as well as Cristofer Clemente (winner of the 2016 Ultra Skyrunner World Series).
Landscape is always one of the key highlights of Tenerife Bluetrail. The start line is at Playa Fañabé (Adeje) but, throughout the race, runners will experience the terrain contrasts from the dryness of the south to the plush green scenery of the north – without forgetting the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park, which is the true hero of the race. New to this year’s route is a trail through the beautiful and abrupt landscape of Special Nature Reserve Barranco del Infierno (Hell's Ravine).
Races for all fitness levels
Ultra: The Ultra route is the star of the Tenerife Bluetrail 2018. Covering a total distance of 102km, the race allows participants to cross the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teide National Park, ascend the summit of Mount Teide, before reaching an altitude of 3,555 metres. The Ultra, which starts at 11:30pm on 8th June and departs from Playa Fañabé in Adeje, is distributed into paths (70%), tracks (17%) and roads (13%) and must be completed by runners within 24 hours.
Trail: This 66km trail starts at 6am from the street of Santa Catalina de Vilaflor. Departing from 1,387 metres above sea level and reaching 2,520 metres at its highest point, this race is comprised of paths (55%), tracks (32%) and roads (13%). The maximum time for completion is 14 hours.
Maraton: The maraton covers a distance of 43 kilometres and kicks off on 9th June at 9am. Runners will benefit from enjoying Tenerife’s varied terrain throughout the route, with it including 50% trail, 29% track and 21% roads.
Media: This 20km race will also start on 9th June at 8am. It will depart from Plaza de San Agustín, Los Realejos, and the runners will have four hours to get to the finish line. This race will be comprised of paths (32%), tracks (18%) and asphalt (50%). The maximum height reached will be 1,092 metres above sea level.
Reto: Integration will once again be one of the core values of the Tenerife Bluetrail. The Reto Race will once again return, this time with an 8km, 3.7km and a 1.2 km race, which coincide with the end of all races. They will take place at 6pm on 9th June and will see participants departing from the Mirador de San Pedro in the municipality of Los Realejos and arriving in Puerto de la Cruz.
For the second year in a row, the Tenerife Bluetrail is included in the Skyrunners® National Series and it will also continue to be a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc®. The Ultra offers contestants five points, while the Trail and Maraton races offer four and two points respectively. In addition, the Trail will be the Ultra Canary Islands Championship (single event), which ensures the presence of the best runners in the Archipelago at the Tenerife event.
Athletes looking to register for the Tenerife Bluetrail can do so by filling out an entry form on www.tenerifebluetrail.com. Entry prices are €120 for the Ultra race, €70 for the Trail, €50 for the Maraton, €30 for the Media and €15 for the Reto category, which is fully subsidised by the Sports Area of he Cabildo de Tenerife.