The first race in the Skyrunner Ultra Skymarathon kicks off this weekend in Spain
Photo by Bryon Powell/iRunFar.com - elite athletes line up for a photo a couple of days before the start
The Transvulcania 50 Mile will be held this Saturday (May 12) on La Palma in the Canary Islands. It is the first race in the International Skyrunning Federation’s (ISF’s) 2012 Ultra Skymarathon Series, and it might have one of the deepest fields ever assembled for an ultramarathon.
“It is going to be an incredibly hard race, maybe the hardest I’ve ever done,” says New Zealand’s Anna Frost, who was the first female at the 2011 The North Face (TNF) Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championship in San Francisco. Frost is competing in the Skyrunner World Series this year. “The race will be long, hot, steep, cold, rough, smooth, high and low. That is the greatest thing about the event—there is a bit of everything.”
Frost will be facing Americans Darcy Africa (who last year won the San Francisco Dirty Thirty 50K and finished second at the Hardrock 100), and Nikki Kimball (who won the 2011 Bear 100 Mile in Utah, and finished second at the Spokane River 50K in April).