|Transvulcania - the Vertical Kilometer !|
The 2014 skyrunning season blasted off yesterday evening with the new ultra-steep Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® on the island of La Palma.
Italian vertical specialists dominated the race and the podium with the Dematteis brothers Bernard and Martin taking first and second place followed by Kilian Jornet, third.
The women’s race was won by Elisa Desco, a national and European mountain running champion. 2013 Vertical World Champion, Spaniard Laura Orgue was a close second followed by Azara Garcia de los Salomones, also from Spain.
96 runners started on the black sandy beach of Tazacorte on the Atlantic coast, where they left at 30’ intervals to race against the clock and the demanding elements of the steep rock face towering above. The total distance was 6.6 km with 1,160m vertical climb.
Both Kilian and Emelie Forsberg took part in their first “warm up” for the season preceding tomorrow's legendary Transvulcania Ultramarathon of which they are both winners. They will be competing in the deepest field to date, promising an exciting race in both the men's and the women's fields.
2. Martin Dematteis (Agisko): 48’26”
3. Kilian Jornet (Salomon): 49’33”
1. Elisa Desco (Scott): 59’43”
2. Laura Orgue (Salomon): 1h01’10”
3. Azara Garcia de los Salmones Marcano: 1h01’42”