Transvulcania 2024 – Ultramarathon La Palma

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American Dakota Jones goes for a hat-trick at Transvulcania

Jones aims to equal Luis Alberto Hernando in number of victories in the Ultramarathon

With less than four months to go until the event, Transvulcania continues to unveil the cards of the main favorites to fight for the highest place in Ultramarathon race. Thus, the organization now announces the participation of the North American Dakota Jones, who has already won Transvulcania twice and who, if he achieves a third victory, will equal Luis Alberto Hernando from Burgos in number of victories.

It has been a few years since Jones’ debut in Transvulcania. The American made his debut in 2012, achieving the feat of winning it in his first participation, at just 21 years of age and ahead of runners like Any Symonds and Kilian Jornet. Two years later, in the 2014 edition he returned, but things did not go so well and he got a tenth place. The following year, in 2015, he returned, did not throw in the towel and managed in extremis a fourth place fighting with his compatriot Zach Miller until the last meters of the race. An image that will remain for the posterity of trail lovers.

In the last edition of the race, Jones decided to return to the island, finally winning Transvulcania for the second time eleven years after his first victory. Jones is considered one of the fittest runners on the international scene, proof of which is that he has also recently made the podium in the CCC of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc or in the legendary Hardrock 100 in the United States. With the North American’s experience and knowledge of the race, he will be one of the runners to be taken into account for the final victory in what he has said on several occasions is his favorite race.

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Sergio Rodríguez, emphasizes the satisfaction among the organizers of the race to be able to welcome back runners “who have grown up with our race and who carry it in their hearts wherever they go, as is the case of Dakota Jones”. In this sense, he emphasizes that “they are also Transvulcania”.

The Organization encourages trail lovers to register in any of its competitive modalities, which is gradually on its way to hang the full sign in most of its modalities, since the Ultramarathon, the Marathon and the Half Marathon are already at around 84% and about to be completed, and the Vertical Kilometer, the shortest modality, at 33%.