This article has been written by María José Rodríguez, from Avanzado 2.

Gran Canaria hosts the only Spanish international race circuit attached to the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT): the Nort Face Transgrancanaria (125 km), becoming one of the events of reference for lovers of trail running.

The race runs through the most beautiful landscapes of the island of Gran Canaria, starting in Agaete and ending in Maspalomas.

The Transgrancanaria has been held on our island since October 2003. Participants can walk or run through the routes. The race is not designed only to test the elite, because it is also an adventure for everyone. The first edition in 2003 had a total of 65 participants. This year more than 3000 runners including 70 different nationalities took part in it. This makes this race the second  one worldwide in number of nationalities behind the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.

Obviously this is an international impact for our island, being a unique showcase resort, especially for sports tourism, attracted by the scenic beauty and the excellent climate of Gran Canaria.

However, the step of so many runners during the celebration of the race causes an inevitable ecological impact. To minimize this issue, the organization conducts an annual reforestation project. It is their commitment with the environment.

Trail running allows us to enjoy nature in a different way. Moreover, it provides many health benefits, increasing your resistance and leg strength.

Definitely, it is more than just running: human endurance to the limit, the overcoming of our weaknesses.

Tags: Gran Canaria, Transgrancanaria, sports, Tourism, Mont Blanc, Environment, Ealth