Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail set for new records in 2020
The Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail 2020 has exceed-ed 1,000 entries in just two months.
The Tenerife race, which will be held on June 6th, is part of the Spanish Cup, the Skyrunner Spain-Andorra 2020 and the Alpinultras Circuit.
The test celebrates its tenth anniversary and has turned into an event of national and international reference.
With more than 1,000 entries already, the Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail, the highest mountain race in Spain, already exceeds 225 athletes more than in the same period last year.
The organisation has planned a quota of 2,900 runners for this test, which is part of the Spanish Cup of Mountain Racing, Skyrunner Spain-Andorra Series 2020 and is included in the Alpinultras Circuit, the most technical and demanding in the country.
The insular director of sports, Laura Castro, highlights the special attraction of this race that crosses a unique en-vironment, the Teide National Park, which is also a World Heritage Site.
“The best national and international specialists will be present again in our test, which, precisely, this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, which has already become a benchmark in the mountain racing circuits,” she said.
The Tenerife test, which will be held on June 6th of next year, has captured the attention of runners from 23 countries, although most are Spanish, ahead of French, British and German. Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail will also have representatives from Argen-tina, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. As for the Canarian presence in the race, especially stand out the 149 Gran Canarians who have already registered for the race.
Laura Castro confirms that so far almost 200 women have formalised their participation in the different modalities of the event, “a figure that confirms an upward trend of athletes in the race that, in all likelihood, will lead us to exceed 476 of the year past.”
Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail has six modes: the Ultra, 103 kilometres; the Trail, with a distance of 71 kilometres, which also has a relay mode; Marathon, 44; Media, which covers a distance of 20 kilometres, and the Bluetrail Challenge for people with disabilities, which includes three distances of 8, 3.7 and 1.2 kilometres.
The Tenerife event will again have points awarded by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) in all its modalities and that are valid for the UTMB. Thus, the Ultra version (103 kilometres) will have 5 points, while the Trail (71 km) 3 points, the Marathon (44 kilometres), 2 points, and the Media (20 kilometres), 1 point. Two points will also be awarded to each of the participants of the Trail mode by relay.
The race is also part of the Alpinultras Circuit and will be scored again for the Skyrunner Spain-Andorra Series 2020. The inclusion of the Trail modality of the Tenerife test is one of the novelties of the calendar next year, which also includes the Zumaia Flysch Trail (Zumaia, Basque Country); the Mon-tserrat marathon (Collbató, Catalonia); the BUFF® Epic Trail 26K (Barruera, Catalonia); SkyRace Comapedrosa (Arin-sal, Andorra) and the Montlude SkyRace (Lleida). The Trail mode, which also scores for the Spanish Cup, is a 71-kilometre run of 3,501 metres of positive slope (ascent) and of 4,874 metres of negative slope (descent). The test starts in Vilaflor and concludes at the finish located in Puerto de la Cruz.
Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail is sponsored by Tenerife Tourism, Promotur, Fred. Olsen Express, Hospiten and Cajamar, and with the collaboration of the companies Fonteide, Physiorelax, Coca-Cola, Libby’s, Donuts and Isola Frutos Secos que Acompañan.