Tenerife is a great island for all kinds of sporting events. From tough mountain trails to triathlons which will test all your physical abilities. Recently we have experienced three big events: Tenerife Walking Festival, Las Américas Pro and Tenerife Bluetrail, although there are still big events to be held. Let’s review what we have lived through and what is to come.
Tenerife Walking Festival 2018
Tenerife Walking Festival is the ideal international hiking event if you want to enjoy the landscapes of the island in a more tranquil way. Almost 200 hikers of 14 nationalities came together this year in Puerto de la Cruz. The coastal city in the north of Tenerife served as a base camp to explore the 20 trails of the festival.
Hiking trails through volcanic, coastal and forest landscapes made it possible to get to know Tenerife in a unique way. In addition, numerous conferences and activities were offered. One of the highlights of the event was the farewell party at the Plaza de Europa with music and local cuisine.
If you missed this issue, don’t worry. The Tenerife Walking Festival will be held again in 2019, probably in May, and again hiking enthusiasts from all over the world will come together to get to know the landscape, the contrasts and the culture of our island.
Las Americas Pro, the best international surfing in Tenerife
At the beginning of the year we were able to watch the world’s best surfers of the World Surf League (WSL) in Arona. During five days, competitions were held with surfers from around the world at the most famous surf spot of the island “La izquierda de Las Palmeras”. The Basque Ruben Vitoria and the Australian Mikaela Greene were among the victories. Even in Siam Park, a small sample of their surfing skills was given on the world’s largest artificial wave.
Tenerife Bluetrail 2018
From the sand of Playa Fañabé to the volcano Mount Teide, crossing Tenerife from south to north. The Ultra Tenerife Bluetrail is the highest mountain race in Spain and the second highest in Europe, reaching 3,555 metres in height in its 102 kilometres of total distance.
Up to 2,400 runners from 38 different countries participated in the event this year, split into different modalities: Ultra, Trail, Marathon, Media and Challenge. Among the runners was the South American Lorena Ramírez. She set a global milestone, as she ran the ultra-race in her national costume and her “Huaraches”, a traditional sandal from her village Tarahumara.
Yeray Durán from Gran Canaria, along with the Cantabrian Azara García, were the first to reach the finish line in the male and female categories. The podium was completed by Senga Sherpa and Nadezna Surmonina in second place and Antonio Gonzalez and Bernadette Benson in third place. The next Cajamar Tenerife Bluetrail will be held on June 8th, 2019, and registration will start on September 1st. Register in time!
These were the three big events of the year, but we had and still have more to offer:
Infinity Xtreme 2018
This competition is really funny, but also exhausting! You have to overcome natural and artificial obstacles that requires to be in a good physical condition. There are also participants who disguise themselves as superheroes with super powers. This year, on July 14th, the 10th anniversary took place.
PWA El Médano, windsurfing conquers Tenerife
The beaches of El Médano with their Trade Winds are a magnet for windsurfers from around the world. Between August the 5th and 11th, they visit Tenerife to participate in the PWA World Tour. Spectacular jumps will await you at one of Tenerife’s biggest water sports events.
Santa Cruz International Marathon
It is one of the most international sporting events on the island’s capital. In 2017, more than 3,500 runners from 55 different nationalities came together to compete in all three categories: Popular race of 8 kilometres, half marathon of 21 kilometres and the “queen race” of 42 kilometres. This year it is held on November 11th and you can register online until November 4th.
Santa Cruz Extreme
The Santa Cruz Extreme is held in one of the most spectacular places in Tenerife, the Anaga Mountains. It is a 49.2 km long race that passes through places like Benijo or Taganana. On October 21st, the trail running event takes place and you can register until the October 15th.
One of the last races of the year is the K42 Anaga Marathon, which is held on the weekend of 8th and 9th December. This marathon also runs through the Anaga Mountains, but this time with San Cristobal de La Laguna as a starting point. The route leads through places like Punta del Hidalgo and Las Mercedes. You can register here until November 30th.
And which sport event are you interested in? Whether competitive sports or just an active holiday, discover everything you can do in Tenerife.