If you’re up for a Spanish test of endurance, Lanzarote will once again host the International Running Challenge this autumn. Held from 26–29 November, the challenge features four races on four consecutive days, over various terrains and distances including a 5k beach run, a 13k ridge race and two longer road races.
The International Running Challenge has, over the course of nearly 30 years, risen to become one of the largest and most popular events managed by Club La Santa. The event draws runners from all over the world who want to test themselves over a variety of terrains in a series of highly competitive races.
Race 1 is the 10K Vince Regan Memorial Classic Road Run, which involves running two loops on asphalt roads toward the villages of La Santa and Caleta de Caballo. Race 2 is the 13K Ridge Run, held on both dirt trails and asphalt roads around one of the big volcanoes near to Club La Santa. Race 3 swaps roads and trails for sand with the 5K Beach Race at the beach in Puerto del Carmen. The final race is the 21K La Vuelta de Tinajo, where runners will start at Los Dolores Church in Mancha Blanca, before going around the volcanic 'Montaña de Tinache', through Tinajo and back to Club La Santa on both asphalt and dirt tracks, finishing with 300m of the track in the stadium.
For more information, visit the Sports Tours International website.
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