Some of the most talented international ultratrail runners will participate in the full distance event:
- Zigor Iturrieta (Spain),
- Sebastien Chaigneau (France),
- Mike Wolfe (USA),
- Jez Bragg (UK) and
- Tsuyoshi Kaburaki (Japan).
Seriously, my race strategy is to take it easy, eat, drink, relax, enjoy, smile and laugh as much as possible. However, I'm not sure to what extent that will be possible, as the aid stations are very few and far between:
- Ayagaures, 31 km: water station (yes only water here, nothing else).
- Tunte, 42 km: full aid station with various drinks and foods.
- Presa de Las Ninas, 62 km: full aid station (some sources say drink only).
- Aserrador, 73 km: something to drink and eat.
- Garanon, 81 km: full aid station.
- Teror, 98 km: full aid station.
- Tenoya, 113 km: full aid station.
- Las Palmas, 123 km: lunch area.
The "Required Material" includes:
- "Front light, flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries and bulb" (a bulb for LED light?)
- "Back light, red" (Petzl e+Lite is my back red LED, it also serves well as a spare front LED)
- "Mobile phone"
- "Water tank at least 2 liters" (I'll have a water bladder and two bottles in my backpack)
- "Enough food to face the race" (Enough? That would require a camel to carry it all!)
- "Thermal Blanket. Minimum measures 100 cm x 200 cm"
- "Plastic Cup."
- "Raincoat." (I'll take my OMM Kamleika Race Jacket.)
The total climb (D+) of the 123 km course is about 4,190 m (13, 746 ft). As the start and finish are at sea level, the total descent (D-) should be the same. Some sources have measured the D+ as 4.250 m. Please note that when the race website claims "11.000 accumulated desnivel meters", that means both ascent and descent together - and is probably an exaggerated figure even then. Anyway, the highest point is "only" 1,931 m, so it's lower in average altitude than Alpine races.
Those who are interested should be able to follow the race live here on race day.