In its 31st edition, the race was attended by more than 2,800 participants of more than 60 nationalities. Manuel Lorenzo and Sigrun Gjølberg were crowned as new 42km champions
The island of Lanzarote was wrapped up in a vibrant international tapestry with the 31st edition of the Font Vella Lanzarote International Marathon, attracting 2,800 runners from sixty different nationalities. This sporting event, more than just a competition, becomes a unique celebration that fuses the passion for running with the beauty and charm of the Canary Island.
The majestic 42km route saw Manuel Lorenzo and Sigrun Gjølberg crowned champions, completing the challenging course in 2:36:17 and 2:49:09 respectively. An international podium was formed with runners from Galicia, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands, creating an atmosphere of diversity and camaraderie.
Despite a brief spell of rain, the Font Vella Lanzarote International Marathon demonstrated the resilience of the island, which was undeterred by the adverse weather conditions. From Friday, with the children’s race and the Father Christmas 5km charity run, to the big day on Saturday, Lanzarote was the epicentre of excitement and positive energy.
The competition venue, located in the vicinity of the Sands Beach Resort hotel in Costa Teguise, offered not only a platform for world-class running, but also impressive views of the surroundings. Fans, companions and curious people gathered to encourage the participants, creating a symphony of voices that accompanied each stride.
The half marathon took runners to discover the island on a route that highlighted its unique landscapes. Laurens Verluyten and Elisa Melilli, from Belgium and Italy, respectively, stood out as winners, underlining the internationality of the competition. Among the locals, Tinguaro Quintero shone with his performance, reaching second place.
The 21km Wheeler wheelchair event added an inclusive and exciting component to the event. The Frenchman Julien Casoli starred in an extraordinary performance, taking first place and leaving a mark of inspiration on the audience. The beauty of Lanzarote merged with the determination of the participants, creating an unforgettable spectacle.
The 10 km, one of the most popular events, brought together a diverse crowd of runners. Jaume Leiva stood out as the king of this distance, while Talisa Van Der Fluit gracefully led the women’s category. The men’s and women’s podium was a testament to the diversity and quality of the competition.
The trophy presentation at the Sands Beach Resort was the highlight of this unique experience. The island of Lanzarote, with its mild climate, volcanic landscapes and hospitality, was the perfect host for a celebration that transcends sport. The 31st edition of the Font Vella Lanzarote International Marathon was not just a competition; it was an unforgettable journey across the island, where running and natural beauty were intertwined into a unique tourist experience.