2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Results

TransvulcaniaThe 8,000-plus-foot tall volcano that makes up the island of La Palma served up another dose of big climbs, rocky descents, a sweet-but-always-exposed contour around the caldera rim, and a little bit of heat in the 2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon.

In a race that was very close until the last six kilometers, Kilian Jornet (post-race interview) pulled away from his competition and emerged as the men’s champion and new course-record holder, finishing officially in 6:54:09. The women’s race played out similarly, where champion Emelie Forsberg (post-race interview and race report) won by putting a last-minute surge on her competition in the same last 6k to win in 8:13:22.

In addition, you can find our full play-by-play of the race as well as a collection of our pre-race interviews and previews on our 2013 Transvulcania Live Coverage page.

As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Transvulcania-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.

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2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Men’s Race

All day, Kilian Jornet (Salomon) played the role of the lingerer, hanging out among the top boys but never in the lead. Even at kilometer 57.8, Kilian was sitting in second position. The 8,000-foot descent from there, though, showed that his downhill legs and endurance, even at the very beginning of his running season, can outmatch everyone. By about two-thirds of the way down, he’d already dug out a minute lead that he would build on until the finish. Kilian’s 6:54:09 won the race and bested the course record of 6:58:44, set last year by Dakota Jones.

Kilian Jornet, 2013 Transcvulcania Ultramarathon Champion

Kilian Jornet, 2013 Transcvulcania Ultramarathon Champion

Luis Alberto Hernando (Adidas) ran his first 50-mile race today, and he didn’t do too shabby at all. Early on, he hung back, playing it safe. He seemed to slowly but surely let himself loose, though, over the highest and most exposed terrain on the course. During that time, Luis led the race for a spell, including building a 2-minute, 30-second lead at kilometer 57.8. But he was passed by Kilian on the long downhill, and after that he maintained his second-place position all the way through the finish.

Luis Alberto Hernando, 2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon second place

Luis Alberto Hernando, 2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon second place

Sage Canaday (SCOTT Sports) set the race’s pace from the proverbial gun. At Los Canarios, just 7.4k in, he ran off the front of the rest of the guys. By kilometer 26.8, he’d built himself a three-minute lead over a major climb. But his lead didn’t last. By kilometer 34, the chasing men were within one minute of him, and at kilometer 57.8, the high point of the race course, Sage had settled into a third-place position. He didn’t fade from there, though. He held strong on the long descent back to the ocean, as well as the grinding last climb to the finish line, and maintained his third spot.

Sage Canaday running at kilometer 34.

Sage Canaday running at kilometer 34.

[Editor’s Note: As lots of folks have asked, Anton Krupicka did not start the race due to a case of the flu.]

2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Men’s Results

  1. Kilian Jornet (Salomon) – 6:54:09* (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Luis Alberto Hernando (Adidas) – 6:58:31
  3. Sage Canaday (SCOTT Sports) – 7:09:57 (pre-race interview)
  4. Timothy Olson (The North Face) – 7:11:53
  5. Patrick Bringer – 7:17:19
  6. Francois d’Haene (Salomon) – 7:17:43
  7. Cameron Clayton (Salomon) – 7:17:47 (pre-race interview)
  8. Miguel Caballero Ortega – 7:30:49
  9. Cristofer Clemente – 7:37:40
  10. Marcin Świerc – 7:52:21

*new course record

2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Women’s Race

Well, well, well, what a ladies race! Today was, for certain, the Emelie Forsberg and Nuria Picas show. Except for at the first checkpoint, Los Canarios at 7.4k, where Nathalie Mauclair temporarily led out the women, Emelie and Nuria ran within sight of each other the entire day, and passed through almost all of the checkpoints within two to four seconds of each other. Clearly, these ladies were working together.

Emelie Forsberg and Nuria Picas running together at kilometer 34.

Emelie Forsberg and Nuria Picas running together at kilometer 34.

With just 6.3 kilometers to go, the ladies remained tied. However, over the last distance, which included about 1,200 feet of climb on paved roads and cobblestone paths, Emelie turned on another gear or two–or possibly seven–and surged to victory. In the end, that last-minute work was good enough for a win in 8:13:22 and six minutes faster than Nuria. Anna Frost’s record of 8:11:31 remains just barely safe for another year.

Emelie Forsberg, 2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Women's Champion

Emelie Forsberg, 2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Women’s Champion

Third-place finisher Uxue Fraile (Adidas) might have, among all the top runners, executed today’s smartest race. She seemed to have found her own pace from the get go, unafraid of being a couple minutes behind the lead women. Last year, Uxue was the fifth-place woman and 90 minutes back from winner Anna Frost, but this year her careful pacing led her to a podium finish just 31 minutes behind Emelie Forsberg.

2013 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Women’s Results

  1. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) – 8:13:22 (pre-race and post-race interviews and race report)
  2. Nuria Picas (BUFF) – 8:19:30
  3. Uxue Fraile (Adidas) – 8:44:48
  4. Nathalie Mauclair (LaFuma) – 8:46:14
  5. Emilie Lecomte (Quechua) – 10:14:05
  6. Karine Samson (Salomon) – 10:37:05
  7. Mar Ferreras – 10:47:57
  8. Raquel Antonia Delgado – 10:51:33
  9. Luciana Moretti – 11:02:54
  10. Lidia Gomez (Studio 54 and Helly Hansen) – 11:16:37

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Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Managing Editor 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.

There are 42 comments

  1. Carey

    Great race, and great coverage for the couch-warmers at home.

    Tim Olson proved he's fast at the shorter-distance end of his range, and it seems like the mantra will soon be "never contest a sprint finish at the end of a mountain race with Emelie Forsberg."

  2. Dean G

    Emelie's time is very impressive… I thought Anna's time was way out of reach… Guess not.

    As for Kilian, well, I guess the extra 3 days of prep made all the difference.

    Insane – INSANE – 50 mile debut for Hernando and excellent race by Sage and Timmy!

    Can't wait for the interviews. CAN'T BELIEVE WE GET ALL THIS FOR FREE!

    THANK YOU IRUNFAR.COM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mark T

    Thanks irunfar crew for all you do. Very impressive race. Great job ladies and gents. K-man, I freaking love watching you masterfully execute your race. It's like watching a great craftsman take something raw and shape it into a great work of art. Huge respect for your ambition and determination.

  4. Qba Krause

    Bryon, just one correcion here. The real name of the tenth competitor is Marcin Swierc. Most likely the first letter was cut because of the Polish sign which does not appear in English or Spanish. Let's go with letter 'S' or you can try to use the original spelling of his lat name: Świerc. Thanks for great coverage, we're happy we could add some of our Polish spirit to the mix.

  5. Ally

    "… even at the very beginning of his running season, are no match for anyone"

    I don't think that's quite what you mean.

    Great race and fantastic coverage as ever, thanks!

    1. Meghan Hicks


      Thank you. I've corrected that statement so that it says what I meant. It's always a little embarrassing to have to write something after staying up all night when your brain is firing at about half capacity. ;) Thanks!

  6. Alex

    Agree on how amazing it is that we get this great coverage for free. I gotta go buy something at the iRunFar store now. I guess I did buy Bryon's book…

    On a race specific note, surprised to see AK out of the top ten. Given the crazy training he's been up to.

  7. Phil

    Just ran a 32 mile ultra today, first of the year. Think i would like to have been at home watching the race unfold though. Great site, great build up to the race, really appreciate your time and effort. Thank you both.

  8. Max

    Could you IRF guys ask how Sage's many gels food strategy worked out? looking forward to all the post race interviews

    1. Sage Canaday

      I take a lot of gels for a 50mile-100km race. I think at White River I took around 20, at Tarawera I took around 25-28, at Lake Sonoma 22, and yesterday around 20.

      There were no gels at the aid stations in this race so I carried them all with me in Ultimate Direction gel flasks, the Essential waist pack and some pockets on my UD vest. I try to force a gel once every 20min unless my stomach really hurts or I forget. I also drank sports drink mostly at aid stations and re-filled with that in-between swigs of water.

      This was the first ultra race where I didn't get very nauseous…I also usually have a handful of potato chips here and there and at Tarawera I was mainly drinking coke from 16-miles on…

      I don't seem to burn fat as well as many other ultra runners (yet) so I'd rather risk stomach distress instead of bonking due to low blood sugar.

      To improve at this race I wouldn't change anything in my nutrition habits – rather, I'd train totally differently with a lot more vertical (I didn't have a chance to run on the course before the race so I had no idea how tough it was going to be for me) and do some longer long runs.

      Thanks for the support and best of luck with your training and future races!

      1. Chris Cawley

        Hey sage,

        Just to follow-up on a recent exchange regarding your shoes: can you compare the volume and width to other brands? Nike and Salomon work well for me. Thanks!

        1. Nick Sourlos


          No way would the Kinabalu fit your feet. Black Diamond retail store has them if you want to try them on.

      2. Ben Nephew

        Sage, if you had been on the Salomon team, would you have been able to have somebody supply you with gels at various points along the course and not have to carry as many gels? Could you have also carried less water? I know last year Salomon agreed to either transport drop bags or crew non-Salomon runners, was there a similar agreement this year?

        From the pics it looks like Luis had poles for the last climb. I'm guessing that someone gave him poles at the bottom. Any thoughts on that?

        For your nutrition, were taking in a lot of Coke in addition to the gels at Tarawera? If you are looking to get in 300-400 calories an hour, that is pretty easy to do with Coke if it's your main fluid, and then you don't have to worry about the gels. Just make sure to take some S-caps. That strategy is harder to do with any sort of aid station sports drink due to low caloric density.

        1. Sage Canaday


          I think I saw a video of Francois d'Haene coming through an aid station dropping his waist pack and being handed another on the fly without even stopping! My parents crewed for me at Lake Sonoma and at Tarawera and it helped a ton…i'm still learning a lot about trying to be efficient through the aid stations.

          I don't think it was legal to have support between aid stations for anyone…although I think you were allowed to ditch poles.

          I took a ton of Coke at Tarawera…I should have had more water. Gels and coke is a sweet combo that eventually causes stomach problems. I think too many S! caps also cause stomach problems though so I only took one in this race. (note: I took zero salt pills at White River, but I do like to snack on potato chips).

          The nutrition puzzle really is a individual thing and I think it's best to make decisions on the fly and how you feel during the race – however being prepared and having a plan that takes into account the weather, the demands of the course, your race pace/effort and the gear you have is something that is essential (and takes a while to figure out) to have an optimal race.

          1. AJW

            Sage, great comments! However, I would have to respectfully disagree with your remark to "make decisions on the fly". While that may work in the short-term I have learned that preparation is key to long-term ultramarathon success and part of that preparation is removing all variables on race day. The way to do that, in my opinion, is to formulate a plan (based on experience), stick to that plan, and follow through no matter what. Nothing brings an ultrarunner down faster than a sour stomach (well, except for maybe trashed quads and blisters)

            Look forward to seeing you at Western States one of these years!


  9. thomas

    Great race and absolut awesome coverage, you guys from irunfar know how to make a coverage, I felt like tour de france or something similar, thanks all togehter.

    Greetings from Bielefeld, a city in germany,

    near the teutoburger forest, where stevie kraemer just won the Hermanslauf


  10. Andy

    I am constantly amazed by guys at the highest level of competition like Sage Canady who are humble enough to come on hear and answer questions. I can't think of another sport where this happens.

    1. Rob M.

      True Dat! And let's try to keep it that way. Great article on Greg Vollet today, the Salomon international team manager directly discusses "keeping" it real and worth the read.

  11. gontxal

    Sage,some top runners in Spain are fasting before the morning´s easy train to increase the use of fats as principal fuel

    during the exercise

  12. Sage Canaday

    Thanks AJW – I would assume that is probably even more important in a 100 miler (or for anyone running over 10 hours at a time).

    I realized I came across as saying "on the fly" but I really meant having some flexibility in the plan during the race (in case something goes wrong or an aid station doesn't have a certain gel etc).

  13. Sage Canaday

    Oh of course! I used to do hard 20- mile morning runs/workouts at Hansons with no calories and no breakfast before with that in mind…still bonked in some marathons though

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