3rd of October 2014
Torres del Paine, September 26, 2014 – The first edition of a trail running event took place in the marvelous scenery of Torres del Paine National Park, with the help of CONAF and other national institutions that have made the organization of this event in such a wonderful location possible.
Ultra Trail Torres del Paine, organized by NIGSA Events & Expeditions, attracted 82 carefully selected runners from 14 countries all around the world to compete in the distances of 42, 67, and 109 km. Each of the finishers for the 67 and 109 km distances have earned 2 and 3 points respectively for the North Face® Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc® qualification.
The primary objective of the race was to develop environmental awareness for all participants, and promote sustainable tourism in this fragile and virgin environment; for this reason we have worked carefully to manage logistics in the most environmentally respectful way possible.
Enjoying and respecting the beauty of surrounding nature, runners have enjoyed a unique experience of trail running along paths among uncontaminated vegetation and wild fauna, with breathtaking landscapes over glaciers and high mountain peaks.
American Yassine Diboun dominated the 109km distance, finishing with an incredible time of 14:41:05, and a remarkable gap of 2 hours and 40 minutes to the runner up. In the women’s race, Fabienne Naziarian from France was the winner.
In the 67 km race, first place went to Fernando Nazario from Brazil, with a time of 7:35:18, while Catalina Alegría from Chile won for the women in 8:55:20. Max Keith, one of the event’s ambassadors, also finished 2nd in this distance. Chilean Luís Cáceres finished in 4:53:49, and Argentinian María Clara Serino triumphed for the women in a time of 5:10:38 in the 42 km distance.
“The race was intense right from the beginning at the 2 am start with high winds and cold temperatures,” said Yassine Diboun, winner of the 109km distance, when asked about his experience. “Just before sunrise, I saw a puma and it made me truly feel like a wild animal. This event is very unique and I am eternally grateful to participate in this challenging race. Thanks to all the volunteers and organization.”
“We want to thank our supporting sponsor Lippi for the successful accomplishment of the event, as well as the indispensable help of CONAF, SERNATUR, Cámara de Turismo de Ultima Esperanza and Carabineros de Chile,” said Stjepan Pavicic, the event’s race director. “A sincere thank you as well to all the staff and people that have volunteered for this race, as their hard work allowed us to give all the athletes a great sports experience.”
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About the organization:
Since its inception in 2002, NIGSA has valued unique expeditions that have never been done before. Its in-depth geographical knowledge of Southern Patagonia allows NIGSA not only to craft new ways of discovering and promoting Patagonia, but also to further the conservation of and the sustainability within the region.