The Swimrun Canary Islands, or Swimrun Canarias, is a series of 3 Swimrun events taking place in the beautiful Canary Islands. The Islands are part of Spain and are an archipelago located off the coast of North West Africa. They are rugged, volcanic isles and are particularly know for their black and white sandy beaches. They were not named after canary birds, the name comes from the Latin word for dog 'canaria'.
The Swimrun Canary Islands series takes place on 3 of the islands - Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fueteventura. Tenerife is the largest of the islands dominated by Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and has many beaches with sands in both yellow and black colors.
Fueteventura is the second largest and is known for its strong winds and pristine coastline of white sand beaches. Gran Canaria is known as a continent in miniature with diverse landscapes and vast sand dunes.
With many Swimrun events being cancelled in 2020, the Swimrun Canary Islands series has been fortunate to be able to run their events, although at a later date than planned! There are team and solo events racing through beaches, rocky areas, trails and natural areas of the different islands.
The Series started in 2017 in Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, and in the fourth edition of the series (2020) Tenerife has joined the Series.
Swimrun Fuerteventura is hosted by Pájara, and is where the race finishes. There are 2 distances - the Sprint distance of 11 km and the Half distance of 21.53 km. The Half is officially called the Aquaticrunner Fuerteventura World Cup Half Distance.
In 2020 the event took place on October 17th.
You can see from the maps below that you will need to practise your sand running!
The Half distance has 5 swim sections and 6 run sections, with each participant having 4 hours to complete the 21.53 km total. Start time is 08.15 am.
The trophies for the World Cup Half Distance have special meaning - they are made from recycled materials and any profits go towards the fight against cancer. They are in the shape of swimrun paddles!
Check out the video below for some highlights from the 2020 Swimrun Fuerteventura event!
The Sprint distance has 3 swim sections and 5 run sections, with each participant having 3 hours to complete the 11km total. Start time is 09.30 am.
The terrain for both distances is asphalt, pavement, trails and sand, with sea temperature between 18 and 22 degrees C.
Swimrun Tenerife is being held on 7th November 2020 (it was originally planned for 19th September). There are 2 distances, the Sprint which is 11.3 km and the Super Sprint at 6.5 km. Due to the shorter distances, these events are great for newcomers to the sport. They take place at Guia de Isora on the island.
Both events take you swimming in the salt water and running on asphalt, pavement, trails and volcanic rock. The water temperature is anticipated to be between 18 and 21 degrees C. In both events there are a couple of tricky run sections where you cannot overtake due to the danger of the terrain.
The Sprint distance has 4 swim sections and 5 run sections with a total of 11.3 km. Participants have 3 hours to complete the course. This is an afternoon event with a start time of 15:00 hours.
The Super Sprint distance has 3 swim sections and 4 run sections with a total of 6.5 km. Participants have 2.5 hours to complete the course. The start time is 15:30 hours.
Check out the video below from the 2020 Swimrun Tenerife event!
This event will be held on 22 November 2020 taking place in Maspalomas and being hosted by San Bartolome de Tirajana. There are 2 events, the Sprint event at 13.5 km and the Super Sprint at 8.75 km.
Water temperature is anticipated between 18 and 22 degrees C.
There are 4 swim sections and 5 run sections in the Sprint distance with a total of 13.5 km. Swims are of course in the sea and the runs take place on sand, pavement and stones. Participants have 4 hours to complete the route. Departure is at 13:00 hours.
The Super Sprint has just 2 swim sections and 3 run sections with a total of 8.75 km, so ideal for beginners to the sport. The terrain is the same as in the Sprint and departure is at 13:30 hours. Participants have 4 hours to complete the route.
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