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Buff Epic Trail, Flat is boring?

Publikationsdatum 28/07/2016 00:00

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This weekend, thanks to the brand Buff, we had the pleasure to attend and compete in the Skyrunning championship that was held in Vall de Boi. Under the slogan ¨Flat is boring¨, the brand converted the idyllic town of Barruera into the capital of Trail running for 3 days. Here we expected the following tests: VK, 21K, 42K, and 105K all in a spectacular setting and with a slope, a lot of climbing!


The party started on Friday at 10.00 am with the vertical kilometer, a distance of 2.8km and 1033m of positive height difference, where the French Christel DEWALLE beat Laura ORGUE and Maite MAIORA with a time of 39:35:28. In the men category the tension was also palpable until the last minute, where Stian ANGERMUND won with a time of 34:16:09 ahead of the winner of the vertical kilometer of Transvulcania Saúl PADUA and the Italian Hannes PERKMANN.

After getting the engines started with the Vertical Kilometer… on Saturday at 6 am the jewel of the weekend started. The ultra marathon of 105 km with a luxury poster and a clear favorite: Luis Alberto HERNANDO, who did not fail, he became the Ultra marathon world champion with a time of 11h36'20. Joining him on the podium the invincible Carolina CHAVEROT with a time of 13h30'00.

While enjoying the atmosphere our turn had come, the 42 km from Espot to Barruera, we would not win but we would try to place ourselves as high as possible on the list. That was the intention until Stian ANGERMUND decided to destroy the clock and finish the marathon under 4 hours and be crowned World Champion in Marathon and Vertical Marathon in just 24 hours. He is one of a kind. In the woman’s category the winner was Maite MAIORA, who, the same as Stian shared the victory of the marathon with a podium in Vertical Kilometer, in her case a third position. I finished the marathon in 5h48', glad that I had been able to share the kilometers from the start with the biggest and enjoying every meter of the marathon.

However, this was not the end of the weekend, on Sunday was the start of the half marathon, without a doubt the most technical one and with the most spectacular scenery of all routes. It was at this marathon that our runner Begoña de la ROCHA took us by surprise with a well deserved 15th place. Despite the technical difficulty, the race was very fast, and at 2?:11:20 Gonon FRANCOIS finished, who was able to win 10 minutes on the great Abdelfachar DALAL JIRARI. In the woman's category the victory was for the great runner and winner of the 2016 edition of the legendary race Zegama Aizkorri, the Norwegian Ynvild KASPERSEN with a time of 2:41:34.

After the arrival of the last runner of the half marathon, a nice meal was prepared with all the friends and colleagues of BUFF and a well deserved break before returning home.


On behalf of Bego and on my own behalf, we would like to congratulate BUFF EPIC TRAIL for the organization, the marathons, and the incredible dedication and attention that all volunteers and staff had towards us and the other runners. Also, a special thank you to the people of the towns that worked together during the event in making the small valley of Catalan Pyrenees into the capital of trail running over the weekend.

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