Transvulcania Terrex 2024 – Ultramarathon La Palma


Sunmaya Budha, the Nepalese who aspires to win Transvulcania

She is one of the best runners on the international scene who also has a great story of self-determination and empowerment behind her

Like almost all girls in Nepal, Sunmaya Budha’s destiny was to get married when she reached adolescence. However, when her parents decided it was time to arrange her marriage, she begged to be allowed to study first. So Budha gave up an arranged marriage with the goal, first, of fulfilling her promise as a student, but deep down she wanted to become a professional runner. In pursuit of her goal, the Nepali sought out a coach and began to train more professionally.

As a result of her training, Budha gradually won local and regional races before making the leap to the international trail running scene, starting to win more renowned races such as the Translatau (Hong Kong), the Lantau 50 (Hong Kong) or the TNF 100 Hong Kong, and also becoming runner-up in the CCC category of the UTMB. At just 25 years of age, the Nepalese runner has already made a name for herself among the great international trail runners and is coming to Transvulcania for the first time to try to continue to make a name for herself with the firm objective of being the fastest over the longest distance of the event. Her rivals, such as the already confirmed Ida Nilsson, triple winner of the race, or Azara García, who will also make her debut in the longest distance, will not make it easy for her.

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Sergio Rodríguez, values the recovery of the elite level of competitors of the race in La Palma, opening the participation to athletes from the five continents who have the objective of reaching the top of the Transvulcania podium.