More than 2000 pre-registrations in the first weekend

Pre-registration period is open until December 12

ASICS Penyagolosa Trails abrió el plazo de preinscripciones el pasado jueves y ya está alcanzando unos grandes registros. En tan sólo un fin de semana, se han apuntado al sorteo de la MiM y la CSP más de 2100 corredores y corredoras, lo que demuestra el gran interés que despiertan ambas carreras entre los amantes del Trail. El plazo para realizar la preinscripción concluirá el 12 de diciembre y el 16 se realizará el sorteo de dorsales en la Diputació de Castelló. Cabe recordar que en este acto se conocerán los 1500 participantes que estarán en la línea de salida de la MiM y los 600 que lo harán en la de la CSP.

El director de ASICS Penyagolosa Trails, Tico Cervera, ha querido agradecer “el gran interés que tienen los corredores y corredoras por participar en la próxima edición de la MiM y la CSP, ya que el ritmo de preinscripciones es muy bueno y ya se han superado las 2000 en apenas un fin de semana”. En este sentido, añadía que “ASICS Penyagolosa Trails es cada vez más conocido a nivel nacional e internacional, ya que en los últimos años se han alcanzado metas increíbles y se han organizado campeonatos de primer nivel”.

En este sentido, hay que recordar que ASICS Penyagolosa Trails ha alcanzado conseguido situarse en la primera línea del Trail internacional y lo ha hecho siempre manteniendo su esencia de apostar por el territorio, poner en valor el patrimonio y la naturaleza o recorrer caminos históricos que servían de comunicación a lo largo de los siglos, con una seña de identidad única, la de una organización formada por clubes y voluntarios. Así, cuidando estos valores y apostando por la internacionalización, ha conseguido retos difíciles de imaginar hace unos años, como organizar un Campeonato del Mundo de Trail en 2018 o un Campeonato de España de la RFEA en la última edición de la MiM.

La preinscripción a las carreras se realiza a través de la web www.penyagolosatrails.com. En ésta también se puede consultar el Reglamento de ASICS Penyagolosa Trails 2023 y toda la información relativa a la vigesimocuarta edición de la MiM y la undécima de la CSP.

PRE-REGISTRATION PERIOD: NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 12

El plazo para apuntarse concluirá el 12 de diciembre y el sorteo de dorsales para la MiM y la CSP será el día 16 en la Diputació de Castelló

ASICS Penyagolosa Trails ha dado a conocer hoy el calendario hacia la próxima edición de la MiM y la CSP. Y éste se inicia el próximo jueves 24 de noviembre a las 12.00 h, con la apertura de preinscripciones que se deberá realizar hasta el 12 de diciembre a través de la web www.penyagolosatrails.com. El sorteo en el que se conocerán los 2100 afortunados que correrán estas carreras (1500 en la MiM y 600 en la CSP) tendrá lugar el viernes 16 de diciembre en la Diputació de Castelló.

El director de Penyagolosa Trails, Tico Cervera, señala que “con este calendario se inicia la carrera para estar en la línea de salida de la MiM y la CSP el próximo 22 de abril”. Además, explicaba que “llevamos meses trabajando en la próxima edición de ASICS Penyagolosa Trails, para seguir con nuestra apuesta por un evento deportivo de primer nivel, respetuoso con el entorno por el que transcurre. La grandeza de los deportes de montaña recae en el entorno. La MiM y la CSP transcurren por lugares que se han formado a lo largo de miles de años de historia. Paisajes sagrados y con una biodiversidad y un valor paisajístico enorme. Por ello, hay que trabajar para que naturaleza y deporte puedan ir de la mano, compaginarse y complementarse”. Y también recordaba que en estas últimas semanas se ha presentado el acuerdo con ASICS y la nueva imagen para la edición 2023, que tiene como eslogan “Feel the Passion”. Por último, Tico Cervera ha querido animar a los amantes del trail running, tanto de Castellón como de otras regiones de España y de otros países a realizar la preinscripción y que ASICS Penyagolosa Trails pueda estar en el calendario de los corredores y corredoras el próximo año.

Cabe recordar que Penyagolosa Trails ha alcanzado metas increíbles en los últimos años, siempre manteniendo su esencia de apostar por el territorio, poner en valor el patrimonio y la naturaleza o recorrer caminos históricos que servían de comunicación a lo largo de los siglos, con una seña de identidad única, la de una organización formada por clubes y voluntarios. Así, cuidando estos valores y apostando por la internacionalización, ha conseguido retos difíciles de imaginar hace unos años, como organizar un Campeonato del Mundo de Trail en 2018 o un Campeonato de España de la RFEA en la última edición de la MiM.

Feel the Pasion

El eslogan de esta edición de ASICS Penyagolosa Trails es “Feel the passion”. Así, hace pocas semanas se presentó una imagen innovadora, en la que contrastan dos colores: un rojo con la intensidad con la que se vive la prueba al paso de los pueblos contra el azul de la estabilidad mental a mantener en los senderos milenarios en los que el corredor se encuentra a solas con sus pensamientos, la naturaleza y el patrimonio. Un camino abrupto en el que el fervor de los habitantes les hará vibrar.

 

Aritz Egea and Marta Molist, Spanish Champions

Hannes Namberger wins with a record in CSP, Kevin Vermeulen wins in the best MiM of  its history and Eli Rios wins the female CSP

Penyagolosa Trails promised one of the best editions in its history and expectations have been met. Very fast and closely contested races that have been resolved with very tight finishes in the MiM and with a spectacular record from the Hannes Namberger race. Frenchman Kevin Vermeulen beat Aritz Egea for a few seconds, who was proclaimed Spanish champion of Ultra Trail Running of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation. In the female category, Marta Molist has beaten Gemma Arenas and Mónica Vives, in another tight final.

Not even the cold, wind and rain have stopped the runners who have flown through the Penyagolosa Trails trails today. The long-awaited edition of the MiM brought together the best poster in history and a very high race pace has been imposed. In the first part of the race, the great entertainer was Anders Kjaerevik, who was the leader at the Bassa and Les Useres aid stations. There it was already foreseen that everything could be decided in the final part, since the differences were very small and in less than 5 minutes more than a ten athletes marched. In the female category the same thing happened, Mónica Vives, Marta Molist and Gemma Arenas fought one on one with few differences. At Torroselles (km 41), Vermeulen caught up with Kjaerevik and at Xodos (km 50), Aritz Egea overtook the Frenchman. Behind the fight continued with runners like Borja Fernández or José Ángel Fernández who continued to advance a short distance from the head of the race. The Cantabrian, winner in 2019, has gone back to more like in that edition and in the Marinet he has been progressing. Vermeulen and Aritz fought one on one at Marinet and Banyadera, a point 3 kilometers from the finish line where they passed together. In the end, Aritz paid off the effort and Vermeulen won with an incredible time of 5:20:15, ahead of the Basque by 24 seconds. The podium was completed by Anders Kjaerevik, 4:18 behind the winner. In this way, Aritz Egea has been proclaimed champion of Spain, with Borja Fernández (4th in the MiM) second and José Ángel Fernández (5th in the MiM) third. While in the women’s category, Marta Molist has put one more gear after Les Useres and has managed to gain an advantage that in the end would be decisive. However, despite the fact that the winner of the MiM 2021 has lowered last year’s mark (6:19:08 today), Gemma Arenas and Mónica Vives have sold the defeat very dearly and in the end the three have entered in 8 minutes of difference.

Hannes Namberger and Eli Ríos win in CSP

The German Hannes Namberger started as the big favorite in the CSP and has met the predictions. The runner has set a strong pace from the start and has achieved distances that have gradually increased. In the first part of the race, the difference with Dani Jung was 6-7 minutes, but on the climb to Culla he gained a significant advantage. As the race progressed, the German was flying and setting stratospheric partials. So much so that he was the first runner in history to drop below 11 hours, setting a record of 10:49:46. Behind him, Dani Jung and Mark Darbyshire arrived and completed the podium

In the women’s category, the Bolivian Eli Ríos has beaten Eva Mesado and has achieved her first victory in the CSP. The Castellón runner has led the first part of the race, but Eli has overtaken her after she became daylight. In the end, 13:56:19 minutes for the winner, prevailing by 20 minutes.

A day for history

Penyagolosa Trails has experienced a historic day. In the previous edition, this edition was already compared to that of the Trails World Championships due to the expectation, the title at stake and the atmosphere. And so it has been, with the fans dedicated and some races to remember. The race director, Tico Cervera, pointed out that “it is very special that the MiM has hosted the Spanish Championship and that it has done it again with races that we will remember for a long time”. In addition, Cervera wanted to once again thank the sponsors for their support, especially the Diputació de Castelló, the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation and the Generalitat Valenciana. And he has also remembered “all the work carried out by the collaborating clubs, the volunteers and the entire human and technical team that has been behind this edition”.

This year, the races have been followed live on the website www.localhost/penyagolosa and also on À Punt, Teledeporte and Esport 3, with an unprecedented technical deployment, with 25 people working to overcome all the technical difficulties that this tour.

Penyagolosa trails will open the pre-registration period next Monday, December 27th

The organization is working closely with the Environmental Department to guarantee the sustainability of the event

The first step towards Penyagolsa 2022 starts now. The pre-registration period will open next December 27th  and will end on January 10th. The pre-registration will have to be made through the webpage www.localhost/penyagolosa and the lottery will be celebrated on January 13th.

Two months have gone by since the last edition of Penyagolosa Trails. We have been working hard preparing the new edition which will be celebrated April 22nd -24th.

Among the top priorities for Penyagolosa Trails, one of them is to have zero impact on the environment, for that reason we work to protect the environment before, during and after the event is celebrated. We have been closely associated with environment-friendly policies since our beginnings but we want to push forward and commit even more to the protection of our surroundings. Last months, we have been working together with the Environmental Department to guarantee the environmental sustainability of Penyagolosa Trails.

The greatness of mountain sports remains in the environment. MiM and CSP cross places formed centuries ago with years of history. Sacred landscapes with exceptional wildlife and spectacular scenery. For those reasons we have to work towards making sports and nature go hand in hand, help each other and complement each other.

In conclusion, Penyagolosa Trails works towards creating sustainable and responsible races with the environment. The future consists of taking care of what we have, of each runner and of every person. All together we can take care of our nature.

Trail can’t be stopped

Penyagolosa Trails presents its new image, with the slogan “Trail Can’t be Stopped”. The slogan refers to the comeback of races after the hardest stages of the pandemic and to the desire of runners to be back in competitions such as Penyagolosa Trails. This year’s image pretends to break out of the established and focus on the mountain and the runner using the combination of three colors: red, black and white.

Miguel Caballero and Marta Molist (MiM), Aleksei Tolstenko and Anete Svilpe (CSP), winners of the most awaited edition of Penyagolosa Trails.

The Spanish runners won the Marató i Mitja, while the international runners took the first places in the CSP.

Everyone was looking forward to this edition of Penyagolosa Trails, which had to be postponed in 2020 due to the covid health crisis. From day one, the long expectation made this race an epic and essential event in the province’s sports calendar, especially among trail lovers. And it did not disappoint anyone: the province of Castellón had their eyes all over the MiM and the CSP, and celebrated the triumph of both Miguel Caballero and Marta Molist, in the Marató i Mitja of 60km, and Aleksei Tolstenko and Anete Svilpe in the 110km Castelló – Penyagolosa race. The Russian and the Latvian athletes imposed themselves at the finish line, located in Sant Joan de Penyagolosa.

MiM Winners

Native from Aragon, Miguel Caballero placed first and won the MiM trophy, with a time of 05:34:16, a result of his veteran and impressive race-skills management. A profound expert of the route, this is Caballero’s third MiM victory, after winning in 2015 and 2017.

For her part, Marta Molist came to Penyagolosa Trails very well prepared, this year being the most important of her entire career. After a titanic fight with Gemma Arenas from Castilla-La Mancha, the Catalan runner has imposed her leadership dominating the second half of the course and finally obtaining the victory.

Men’s second and third places went to José Ángel Fernández and Abel Carretero, respectively, while women’s second place went to Gemma Arenas and third place to Eva Mesado.

CSP Winners

The Russian runner Aleksei Tolstenko won after competing for the very first time in Penyagolosa Trails. He crossed the finish line at 11:48, with an exact time of 11:48:45, after having disputed an epic race with Spanish Rodrigo Monasor. A duel of titans which Tolstenko got the best of.

The great champion of the day was Anete Svilpe. The Latvian runner was relentless, dominating the race during the entire 110km and giving us a vibrant finish at 14:44, with an exact time of 14:44:08.

Over CSP, second and third place in the men’s race went to Rodrigo Monasor and the Romanian runner Robert Hajnal, respectively, and in the women’s group second place went to the local athlete from C.M. Vistabella club María Obrero Catalán and third place to the Biscayan Leire Martínez.

Special awards

The awards ceremony of absolute categories moved, for the first time, to Vistabella, meeting point for the celebration of runners, families, volunteers and the organization. In so doing the event did not negatively affect the Penyagolosa Natural Park fauna.

The trophy for the absolute winners was designed by renowned artist Manuel Sáez from Castellón. It represents a footprint that, in three dimensions actually resembles a foot. A small sculpture that takes shape by connecting one oval piece after another, an shape that in different cultures symbolizes eternity. For this edition, the trophy was designed in purple, a color associated with the feminist movement.

The director of Penyagolosa Trails, Tico Cervera is very happy with the unfolding of the race, which became a success due to all the security measures, coordination, doctors, buses, communications, and volunteers they counted with. Besides, on Sunday, October 17 at 10:45 a.m regional channel À Punt will broadcast Penyagolosa Trails for the fans of the event to relive the race from the comfort of their homes.

Anete Svilpe wins Penyagolosa Trails 2021 Women’s CSP

The Latvian runner held the leading position during the entire 110km of the race, crossing the finish line at 2:44pm, with 14:44:08.

Local athlete María Obrero Catalán placed second, followed by Basque runner Leire Martínez, who gets to complete the podium with a third place.

Anete Svilpe was relentless. The Latvian athlete found no rival and, after 14:44:08 competing, she finally achieved the goal she had been pursuing since 2018, when she first disputed the World Championship of Penyagolosa Trails: being the first to cross the finish line. Anete Svilpe dominated the entire race during the 110km, reaching Sant Joan de Penyagolosa in less than fifteen hours.

Local athlete from club C.M. Vistabella, María Obrero Catalán reached second on the podium, crossing the finish line with a time of 15:22:52. A position she maintained since Useres (31.5km). She was followed by Basque runner Leire Martinez, who crossed the finish line with 16:08:08. It should be noted that María Obrero Catalán came second senior at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc CCC, while the Biscayan Leire Martinez had already placed third over the 2018 Penyagolosa Trails CSP, and did it again this year.

Predictions fulfilled: Marta Molist wins MiM 2021

A duel of titans between the runners Marta Molist and Gemma Arenas ended with Marta Molist being the first to cross the finish line at 12:28, with a time of 06:28:04.

Gemma Arenas and Eva Mesado complete MiM’s female podium.

All eyes were on Marta Molist, Gemma Arenas and Eva Mesado, the three runners who have won the Penyagolosa Trails 2021 MiM. The victory however went to Marta Molist, after being the first to finish the race with a time of 06:28:04. This adds another success to her long list of sports achievements. Molist came with the desire to win and she did it, after a titanic fight with Gemma Arenas, who finished second with a time of 06:37:54. During the course of the race both fought for the leadership. Gemma was the head of the race for the first half of the course, but Marta got ahead while passing through Les Useres (31.5km) dominating the entire second half of the course and finally obtaining the victory. Meanwhile, Eva Mesado completes the podium with a time of 06:56:37, reaching the third position, which she maintained throughout the 60km of the Marató i Mitja.

The latest winner, Marta Molist, accumulates a new victory to what is undoubtedly the best year of her sports career. Recent Spanish Ultratrail champion in Tenerife (71km), bronze in the last Skyrunning World Championship and winner of the 100km of the CCC, she has now taken the first position in the Penyagolosa Trails 2021 MiM. Meanwile, Gemma Arenas has three victories in Penyagolosa Trails (one in the 2016 MiM and two in the CSP, in 2017 and 2019), and, this year she placed second in the 100km race of the Salomon Ultra Pirineu and has been proclaimed runner-up in the Skyrunning world championship.

Miguel Caballero wins again Penyagolosa Trails MiM 2021

The Aragonese runner crossed the finish line at 11:34am with a time of 05:34:16, winning for the third time the Penyagolosa Trails Marató i Mitja.

José Ángel Fernández and Abel Carretero had magnificent performances placing second and third on the MiM men’s podium.

After a disputed competition, Miguel Caballero eventually became the first to cross the finish line at 11:34 with a time of 05:34:16. Caballero, who had entered Xodos (50.1km) as leader, fought for the victory until the very last moment with José Ángel Fernández, who crossed the finish line second with a time of 05:41:13. Finally, Abel Carretero placed third with a time of 05:45:29, completing a podium in which the authority and experience of the Spanish runners became evident.

Miguel Caballero, as a deep expert over the course and former MiM winner, was eager to reach the top of the ranking again, after winning in 2015 and 2017, and reaching second in 2019. The runner up José Ángel Fernández participated in Penyagolosa Trails after recently winning in Ultra Trail Bosques del Sur 2021 (98km); and bronze medalist Abel Carretero was first in Tenerife Bluetrail 2019 (67km) and eighth in this year’s edition (71km). Not only the Penyagolosa Trails 2021 Marató i Mitja podium was composed of three Spanish athletes, but the fourth place also went to the Spanish – and local – runner Cristóbal Adell. Finally, Czech runner Tomas Hudec crossed the finish line fifth.

Aleksei Tolstenko wins Penyagolosa Trails CSP 2021

The Russian runner crossed the finish line at 11:48 with a time of 11:48:45.

The men’s podium was completed by Spain’s Rodrigo Monasor and Romanian runner Robert Hajnal.

Aleksei Tolstenko was the first man to cross the CSP finish line and, thus, win it, with in a time of 11:48:45 and by a narrow margin. Tolstenko now writes his name with golden letters after his victory at the 2021 Penyagolosa Trails CSP. Tolstenko managed to position himself as head of the race in Culla (63.4km), getting ahead of the Spanish runner Rodrigo Monasor, who held the leadership up until that point. Monasor followed the Russian athlete very closely, disputing an epic race that kept him only five minutes apart despite the slight increase over the last kilometers. A duel of titans that led to the final victory of Russian Aleksei Tolstenko.

Finally, Rodrigo Monasor arrived second at the podium, with a time of 12:07:11; followed by the Romanian runner Robert Hajnal, who started as one of the favorites and got the third position, in a time of 12:08:50, thus completing the podium of the CSP Penyagolosa Trails 2021.

Aleksei Tolstenko, brand new winner of CSP 2021, recently reached the 14th position in Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc UTMB 2021 (171km). Likewise, Rodrigo Monasor finished second in Transgrancanaria HG – Advanced 2021 (63km) and third in Ultrail La Covatilla (74km). It was the first time both runners competed at Penyagolosa Trails. Robert Hajnal, however, disputed the 2018 Penyagolosa Trails World Championship and placed 15th place, reaching that same year the UTMB podium with a second place, only behind Xavier Thévenard; In 2020-21 he won three times: once over Salewa Olympus Mythical Trail 2020 (106km) and twice over Bucovina Ultra Rocks: 110km in 2020 and 86km in in 2021.

Penyagolosa Trails 2021 MiM kicks off

The 60 kilometers Marató i Mitja started at 6am at UJI in Castelló and will finish in Sant Joan de Penyagolosa.

At 06:00 on October 16, 2021, from the athletics tracks of the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló, the Penyagolosa Trails MiM runners have started the race that passes through some of the greatest natural treasures of the province of Castellón. The competition is one of the most unique and special editions in the history of the Penyagolosa Trails Marathon and Half Marathon. We remind you the favorites for the triumph.

Men Favorites

The Castellón local Ricardo Cherta (869 ITRA points) dreams of winning Penyagolosa Trails in front of his people, after reaching two podiums at the Skyrunning World Cup. Miguel Caballero (864 ITRA points) already knows what it feels like climbing to the top of the MiM podium, as he won both the 2015 and 2017 editions. Also local from Castellón. Cristóbal Adell (855 ITRA points) deserves to be reckoned, as he won in 2013 and has climbed the podium in the last three editions. Likewise, Pablo Villalobos (859 ITRA points) and the Czech Tomas Hudec (845 ITRA points), fifth and sixth respectively in the Penyagolosa Trails 2019 MiM, have returned with confidence to dispute a great race.

Other names to keep an eye on are Sebas Sanchez (828 ITRA points) and Victor Bernad (796 ITRA points).

Women Favorites

Marta Molist (763 ITRA points) and Gemma Arenas (750 ITRA points) have started as favorites. After being crowned Ultratrail Spanish champion in Tenerife (71km), winning the bronze in the last Skyrunning World Championship, and getting the victory in the 100km of the CCC, Catalan Marta Molist bets on Penyagolosa Trails to climb again to a podium. For her part, Gemma Arenas from La Mancha may achieve her second MiM victory and her fourth in Penyagolosa Trails, after winning the 2016 MiM, the 2017 and 2019 CSP, and placing fourth at the Penyagolosa Trails World Championship. Moreover, this same year, Arenas placed second in the Salomon Ultra Pirineu (100km) and has been proclaimed runner-up in the Skyrunning World Championship.

Marta and Gemma are not the only contenders for victory, and eyes are also on Eva Mesado (707 ITRA points), Patricia Barreda (613 ITRA points), Raquel Casares (605 ITRA points), Ioana Petenchi (640 ITRA points) and Tereza Kubickova (625 ITRA points).