Penyagolosa Trails: MIM 2014
With a distance of 63 kilometres, acumulated rise of 3,045 m and a descent of 1,833 m, Penyagolosa Trails MIM (Marathon and a Half) is the classic long-distance mountain trail of the province of Castellón, and a local and national reference which held its 17th edition in 2015.
It is a resistance trail that falls in the semi-selfsufficient category starting at sea level, lasting a maximum time of 15 hours and passing through several local areas, and the route crosses several Castellón municipalities (Borriol, Villafamés, Les Useres, Lucena, Xodos and Vistabella) before reaching the finishing line at Sant Joan de Penyagolosa at an altitude of 1,280 metres.
Penyagolosa Trails: Marató i Mitja Castelló-Penyagolosa began in the 1950s when a group of mountaineers and hikers from areas of Castellón decided to recover the tradition of reaching the Sant Joan de Penyagolosa Sanctuary from Castellón in parallel with their tasks of recovering pathways and trails. The work they did linked trail GR-7, which is a pathway running from Castellón to the Sant Joan de Penyagolosa Sanctuary called GR-33, el Sender de la Lluna Plena, or the Full Moon Track in English.
In the 1990s, it went from a 2-day run to a 1-day one, which gave rise to an upward hike, the so-called Pujada a peu Castelló-Sant Joan de Penyagolosa. From a gathering of a select group of intrepid sportspeople and hill walkers in 1991, it exceeded 100 participants in only 4 years.
In 1998, with its consolidated sporting, challenging and competitive nature, a group of clubs and associations constituted the so-called Castelló-Penyagolosa Marathon and a Half Sports Club, which led to the first edition of MIM. In 2003, MIM was the trail selected by the FEDME to hold the Spanish Mountain Trails Championship.