Great news for trail running. Transgrancanaria HG, one of the pioneering events in this sport worldwide, has already completed 100% of the places available for this 2022 edition, a fact that shows the recovery of outdoor races and the confidence of runners in an event that serves as an example of the good use of the new health protocols.
Thus, this morning, 100% of the places available for the next Transgrancanaria have been reached, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next March. The organization will leave a waiting list for the Classic (129 kms), Advanced (65 kms) and Marathon (42 kms) races, as these are the most demanded ones.
As part of the programme of celebrations for these 20 years, Transgrancanaria will announce in the near future a new race never before celebrated in the event, which will open a registration period with a reduced number of places. In addition, the organizers are finalizing a series of changes in the course in order to provide a better race experience for the participants.
The Transgrancanaria HG 2022 in figures
Gran Canaria will host 3,500 runners in March in five different races. The distances with the highest number of participants will be the two belonging to the Spartan Trail World Championship: the Marathon, with 900 runners, and the Classic with 850. These two events, which will kick off the world circuit, will also be the ones with the highest number of elite runners.
The Advanced will have 750 athletes, the Starter with 600 and the Promo with almost 400 participants, figures that show that, in its 20th anniversary, Transgrancanaria continues to be one of the favorite events in the calendar of runners from all over the world.
These figures have been well received in the Tourism Office of Gran Canaria, one of the main sponsors of the race. “Transgrancanaria is an event of great interest for the island, which we support from Gran Canaria Tourism and will continue to do so because of what it brings and what it means, not only in terms of the sporting values. The event has become an attraction, another attribute of the island and a great promotional material. It not only helps us to attract sportsmen and women and to place Gran Canaria on the map for many nature and hiking lovers. It also generates footage and resources of great value that we take to fairs and congresses and in which many of the attributes of the island as a whole are represented”, states Carlos Álamo, the president of the Tourism Board.
The international impact of the race continues to be one of the key factors of this event. More than 1,500 participants will travel to Gran Canaria from abroad to compete in the race, serving as a great boost to tourism for the island and the archipelago. To date, 59 different nationalities are represented in the event, with France (more than 210 participants), the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Belgium and Italy being the most numerous, and with runners coming from countries on five continents such as Australia, Japan, Nepal, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Russia, among many others.
Looking at the origin of the participants, 69% of the total number of registered runners do not live in Gran Canaria – around 2,400 runners – who are divided between residents from the rest of the islands (around 400), runners from the rest of Spain (half a thousand) and the above mentioned more than 1,500 foreigners.
With regard to the number of participants by sex, it is worth noting that women continue to increase their presence in the event, reaching 26% of the total number of participants, with 74% male participation. This female percentage increases in the shorter races, exceeding 55% in the Promo and 40% in the Starter. Furthermore, the average age of those registered is 41 years old and more than 120 elite runners are already registered and will fight for the top positions in the different races of the Transgrancanaria HG.
Transgrancanaria is an event organized by Arista Eventos which counts with the public sponsorship of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria – via the Sports and Tourism boards -, Promotur-Canary Islands and the town halls of San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The brands Sport HG, Fred. Olsen Express, 226ERS, AMLsport, Expomeloneras and Sonocom are the official sponsors. For more information, please visit www.transgrancanaria.net/en.