Three men and three women will represent Canada at the Trail World Championships in Penyagolosa, Spain on Saturday.
Nick Elson of Squamish, B.C., Cody Callon of Vancouver, and Jack Sikkema of Hamilton, Ont., along with Anne-Marie Madden and Kim Magnus (both of Vancouver) and Stephanie Case, who is currently based in Chamonix, France are gearing up for the 85K race. At 1.813m, Penyagolosa is the highest peak in the Castellón province of eastern Spain, about 100 kilometres north of Valencia.
The race, which starts at 6:00 a.m. Saturday local time (Friday midnight EDT), begins at sea level in the city of Castellón and passes through eight towns, ascending 1,280 meters before finishing at Sant Joan de Penyagolosa mountain, with a total elevation change of 5,000m. Racers have 15 hours to complete the course. The open races MiM 60K and CSP 109K take place on the same day, partly on the same paths.
Stephanie Case, a human rights lawyer, recently attempted the Barkley Marathons, the notoriously difficult 100-miler in Tennessee that had no finishers this year.
Meet my newest training partner: Tyrell the tire! (Sister of the Gaza version, Tyrone). The name Tyrell means stubborn. She’s made of steel (literally – from an armoured vehicle and steel-laced). Indestructible. Dragging her around the compound feels like a metaphor for my work here sometimes… but it’ll make me stronger in the end 💪#compoundlife #afghanistan #training
You can live stream the race here.