2012 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Results

The 2012 Transvulcania Ultramarathon, the first in the Ultra SkyMarathon Series, is now complete! Below you’ll find results from Saturday’s 83.3-kilometer jaunt over and around the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, as well as the island’s notorious volcano.

In the men’s race, practically the whole field led at the first checkpoint, the little village of Los Canarios on the southern end of La Palma. In reality, Dakota Jones came first through that initial checkpoint, setting the stage for what would be a world-class performance. In the rest of the race, Dakota was either the leader or within spitting distance of him. By 60 kilometers, it was a race of three men: Dakota Jones (post-race interview, race report), Andy Symonds, and Kilian Jornet. Over a 20-kilometer, 2,400-meter descent, Dakota and Andy put two minutes on Kilian, which they continued to increase over the remainder of the 83.3-kilometer course. In the end, Dakota bested Andy by just over a minute, with Kilian crossing and collapsing into the finish line and medical care about nine minutes later. All’s well that ends well, though, because Kilian now says he’s just fine.

Dakota Jones on his way to winning the 2012 Transvulcania Ultramarathon (Ian Corless/Talk Ultra photo credit)

Andy Symonds on the Transvulcania course (Ian Corless/Talk Ultra photo credit)

Kilian turns to a cheering crowd at the Transvulcania finish line (Meghan Hicks/iRunFar.com photo credit)

In the women’s race, it wasn’t a race for first place. Young and eager gunner Anna Frost (post-race video interview) led the race from line to line, running in her quintessential aggressive style. At each checkpoint, Anna slowly, surely, and commandingly grew that lead so that, when she crossed the finish line, she broke the previous course record by more than 1 hour and 45 minutes! Mid-race reports indicated that Anna had her own, personal ups and downs. If the verticality of La Palma and its volcano are any indication, that’s probably the nature of the Transvulcania Ultramarathon beast. Nuria Picas also ran strong throughout the day. By the 26.8-kilometer checkpoint, she slipped into second place, a position she’d hold without contention to the finish. Third place Nikki Kimball started her day conservatively, then moved steadily through the field. When she passed through the 77-kilometer checkpoint, she had sprouted an eight-minute lead over any other challenger.

Nuria Picas, Anna Frost, and Nikki Kimball make the women’s podium (Salomon Running photo credit)

The top three ladies know how to celebrate (Marcus Warner/Ultra168 photo credit)

2012 Transvulcania Men’s Results

  1. Dakota Jones (Montrail) – 6:59:07 (Course Record – Old Course Record: 7:32:12, Miguel Heras, 2011) (post-race interview, race report)
  2. Andy Symonds (Salomon) – 7:00:34 (race report – English, French)
  3. Kilian Jornet (Salomon) – 7:09:53 (post-race video interview)
  4. Francois D’Haene (Salomon) – 7:23:40
  5. Iker Karrera (Salomon) – 7:38:58
  6. Erik Clavery (Asics) – 7:46:51
  7. Jordi Ginesta – 7:48:28
  8. Thomas Lorblanchet (Salomon) – 8:02:27
  9. Giuliano Cavallo – 8:03:36
  10. Rickey Gates (Salomon) – 8:04:24 (race report) [article removed]

Other notables:

12. Joe Grant (Arc’teryx) – 8:10:25
14. Mike Wolfe (The North Face) – 8:14:59
16. Ian Sharman (The North Face) – 8:20:54 (race report)
17. Gustavo Reyes (Salomon) – 8:21:52
46. Csaba Nemeth – 9:33:24
DNS. Anton Krupicka (New Balance)
DNS. Miguel Heras (Salomon)
DNF. Geoff Roes (Montrail)
DNF. Sebastien Chaigneau (The North Face)

Full results

2012 Transvulcania Women’s Results

  1. Anna Frost (Salomon) – 8:11:30 (Course Record – Old Course Record: 10:00:03, Mónica Aguilera, 2011) (post-race video interview, race report)
  2. Nuria Picas – 8:51:59
  3. Nikki Kimball (The North Face) – 9:10:00
  4. Darcy Africa (Pearl Izumi) – 9:17:35
  5. Uxue Azpeitia – 9:21:11
  6. Maud Gobert (Adidas) – 9:54:40
  7. Leire Iruretagoyena – 10:05:45
  8. Judit Alvarez – 10:11:17
  9. Teresa Perez – 10:17:05
  10. Andrea Calmbach (Salomon) – 10:37:03

Other notables:

DNF. Julia Bottger (Salomon)
DNF. Kasia Zajac (Salomon)
DNF. Corrine Favre (Salomon)
DNF. Regine Enenkel (Salomon)
DNF. Monica Aguilera (Salomon)

Full results

Additional Resources

Meghan Hicks: is the Managing Editor of iRunFar and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

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  • Wow! Amazing performances by Dakota and Anna. If Dakota keeps it up I think he will be looking at UROY.

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    • No doubt! Dakota for UROY!

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  • Wow... Dakota just impressed the heck out of me. Way to go Jones!

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  • Absolutely fantastic coverage from the irunfar team. Simply the best! (oops... previous anon post was mine)

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    • Totally!

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  • GREAT job on the coverage from the irunfar team; the best yet!

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  • Superbe performance by Dakota, this year it seems like he really got it wired.

    But I'm also proud of Giuliano finally breaking top ten in a world class scenario! Well done.

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  • Great race! Congratulations to Dakota and Anna for setting course records and winning! Congratulations to Andy for running such a close race. To run that fast and beat Killian is an awesome accomplishment!

    Congratulations to all the runners who ran hard!

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  • I can't wait to hear what Dakota has to say about this one... I know he is the master of the laconic quote... But to win a race that tight... and come roaring home in front of a massive screaming crowd. That is a moment he will never forget.

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  • A new race that proves the young generation has taken the lead of the ultra trail running ! From the four first arrivants Andy is the older and is only 31 years ! Incredible.

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  • Yeah Dakota!!! What a performance! I hope Dakota, Andy and Kilian meet again later in the season after Kilian has had time to train for running. However, I think I would still bet on Dakota.

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  • Superb effort from the Fort Collins flyer and the kick-ass Kiwi!

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  • Oh my gosh, Meghan and Bryon! Y'all are ridiculously awesome for all the coverage today and every other day. iRunFar is the shiz! So appreciative for all your hard work.

    And Dakota!!!! You crushed, bro! Awesome.

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  • Anybody know why Geoff DNFed?

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    • I feel like I saw something about stomach problems but I'm not positive on that.

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      • Yeah, stomach problems... and them more stomach problems on the ridiculous drive to the finish. Most nauseating roads I've ever been on! Also, some of the most pretty. Never devoid of a killer view.

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  • Pretty cool to be sitting in Memphis, TN and get live coverage of a race in the Canary Islands. Thanks for the awesome coverage.

    Congrats Dakota Jones.....buying you a cold one in Silverton.

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  • That Young Money kid is really blowing my mind.

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  • Holy crap! It must have been amazing to be there... Way to go Dakota and Anna! And all the other finishers, too.

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  • Wow! Quite impressed with Rickey Gates after he's recently been dealing with the hamstring issue

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  • Money-Money-Money-Money....MONEY!

    Way to bring home the Gold.. Hollywood Jones. Must have been the cool shades:)

    Thanks for the great coverage. Riviting

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  • So will Dakota get his own clothing line like Kilian now, a global following, pacers that change his underpants for him, and so on?

    I can't wait to see the post-race interview.

    "I ran a lot, and then I won."

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    • Comment of the day tight there!

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    • Cheer up! Maybe someday you'll get these pacers just for yourself ;)

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    • hopefully Dakota will learn that running any race with a pacer....is cheating. Maybe not "cheating" per se, but.....

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  • Thanks, Bryon & iRunFar for the wonderful race coverage. You had me glued to my monitor this morning!

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  • Thanks Meghan, Bryon as well as Ian and Marcus for the great event coverage!

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