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Trail running in Spain that you can’t miss in 2019

If you are one of the athletes that has proposed to enter the ranking of the Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing (FEDME), or improve your position on it, from Walkaholic we present you a list of trail running in Spain that you can’t miss in 2019.

Mountain running or trail running is one of the toughest challenges for a hiker. On it is not only resistance that is tested, but the speed of the athlete to overcome natural obstacles in the shortest time.

Those races are conducted in difficult terrains, in which one runs with special shoes similar to those of jogging, with flexible sole . These shoes offer to the runners some protection from accidents that can be caused by the unevenness of the ground they face.

The trail runners run with minimal equipment, because when running long distances a heavy backpack would delay them.

Trail running in Spain 2019


Modalities convened for trail running in Spain this 2019

FEDME recognizes three main modes of trail running in Spain

  • The ultra-trail running modality is perhaps the most demanding, because the longest distances are covered and with greater accumulated positive slope.
  • The in line mountain race covers less distance and slope, usually inferior to the marathon 42 km but with the addition of the steep terrain.
  • Finally, the vertical kilometer modality seeks to cover a kilometer of accumulated positive slope in the shortest possible time, the distance to be traveled being variable.

Races are also divided in the categories of club, individual and regional (autonomic) teams.

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Mountain’s race. Foto por Claude Perso. Licencia CC BY 2.0 /

The Spanish Championship

Being one of the most prestigious in the peninsula, this championship has five challenges that define the same number of champions. It is done in a single stage, where the runner must travel the distance at once.

ModalityDate, Place, Circuit, Kilometers, Slope
On line race (clubs)March 3rd, Borriol (Castellón), MABO, 28 Km, 1.825 meters
On line race (individual and by autonomic teams)May 12th, Otañes, Castro Urdiales (Cantabria), Trail RAE, 34 Km, 2.300 meters
Vertical kilometer clubsMay 19th, Arredondo (Cantabria), KV Arredondo, 2,7 Km, 1.010 meters
Vertical kilometer individual and by autonomic teamsJuly 7th, Sierra Nevada (Granada), KV Sierra Nevada, 4,8 Km, 1.050 meters
Ultra individual and by autonomic teamsJuly 27th, Pola de Somiedo (Asturias), Somiedo Challenge, 82 Km, 4.725 meters


The Cup of Spain

Unlike the Championship, the Cup of Spain is run by stages and in different circuits. In that sense, it is more demanding because of the distances to travel, with more or less a month of recovery between stages. This largely demonstrates the great physical preparation of the winning athlete.

Cup of Spain on line race

STAGEsDate, Place, Circuit, Kilometers, Slope
1st  STAGEMarch 3rd, Borriol (Castellón), MABO, 28 Km, 1.825 meters
2nd STAGEMarch 17th, Cabezón de la Sal (Cantabria), La Gurriana, 37,2 Km, 2.335 meters
3rd  STAGEApril 7th, Alhaurín El Grande (Málaga), Los Tajos Skyrace HG, 32 Km, 2.150 meters
4th  STAGEMay 5th, Kampezu (Álava), Kampezu-Ioar Mendi Maratoi, 26,560 Km,1.930 meters
5th  STAGEJune 16th, La Puebla de Don Fadrique (Granada), La Sagra Skyrace, 27,5 Km, 2.060 meters
6th  FINAL STAGEJune 23th, Zumaia (Guipuzcoa), Zumaia Flysch Trail, 42 Km, 2.250 meters

Cup of Spain Vertical kilometer

STAGEsDate, Place, Circuit, Kilometers, Slope
1st  STAGEMay 19th, Arredondo (Cantabria), KV Arredondo, 2,7 Km, 1.010 meters
2nd STAGEJune 1st, Roquetes (Tarragona), KV Roquetes, 5,5 Km, 1.300 meters
3rd  STAGEJuly 7th, Sierra Nevada (Granada), KV Sierra Nevada, 4,8 Km, 1.050 meters
4th  FINAL STAGESeptember 29th, Canfranc (Huesca), KV Canfranc, 3,8 Km, 1.110 meters

Cup of Spain ultra-trial running

STAGEsDate, Place, Circuit, Kilometers, Slope
1st  STAGEJune 8th, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife), Tenerife Blue Trail, 102 Km, 6.784 meters
2nd STAGEJuly 27th, Pola de Somiedo (Asturias), Somiedo Challenge, 82 Km, 4.725 meters
3rd  FINAL STAGENovember 16th, Finestrat (Alicante), Costa Blanca Trails, 85 Km, 5.500 meters

The most important competition circuits in 2019

The Somiedo Challenge (Ultra-trail Modality)

It is one of the most important circuits of Asturias that runs through roads, forest tracks and a minimum of 8% on asphalt.

It has a slope of 4.725 meters and 82 kilometers length and starts at Pola de Somiedo to go through: La Peral, Braña Viecha, Santa Marta del Puerto, Lake Valley, Lake del Valle, Farrapona, Saliencia, Arbeyales, Puente Llamera, Urría and then returns to Pola de Somiedo.

The RAE Otañes Trail (in-line races)

This route 34 km long and positive slope of 2,200 m is classified as medium-high difficulty. It is located in the Otañes town, 5 kilometers from the municipal capital, Castro Urdiales in Cantabria.

The route traverses trails, firebreaks and karstic rock. It is designed for runners who need such element as a hardness point to sprint during their competitions. The starting point is Plaza Nicasio la Sota, which is also the goal of the route, with the lowest level at 85 meters and the highest at 735 m.

The current men’s record for this race is 2 hours, 49 minutes and 47 seconds, while the women’s record is 3 hours, 22 minutes and 14 seconds.

The KV Sierra Nevada (Vertical Kilometer)

With 4.8 km of length and a slope of 1050 m, this route is representative of the difficulties and demands of this modality. It is located in the Sierra Nevada National Park, in the provinces of Granada and Almeria. These races are organized by the Alpino Benalmadena Group.

Although these are the most important races in Spain for the current year, they are not the only ones. Each autonomous region has its own competitions and circuits.

Before we say goodbye, we all know that we run for the personal satisfaction of improving ourselves and, perhaps, reaching the glory of the first places. Nevertheless, each of these trail running in Spain offers cash prizes for places, for breaking records and even for overcoming some milestones in the course, as being the first to reach the highest point.

Now, tell us: In which of these mountain races would you like to compete? Which is the circuit that you consider most demanding, at your personal experience? Maybe we’ll see each other soon on the way, both with their trail running shoes on.

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