Víctor del Águila and Inés Astrain Fly in the PDA of HOKA Val d’Aran by UTMB®

Víctor del Águila and Inés Astrain Fly in the PDA of HOKA Val d’Aran by UTMB®

With a time of 05:00:20, the Catalan runner was the first to ring the bell at this fourth edition of HOKA Val d’Aran by UTMB®
In the women’s category, Navarre’s Inés Astrain was the fastest to reach the finish line, with a time of 06:12:02.
Vielha, July 4, 2024. Each year, the anticipation for the PDA grows stronger.
This distance, which sold out in just 20 days, gathers some of the strongest runners from both the national and international scenes.
What has undoubtedly become the most coveted distance of HOKA Val d’Aran by UTMB® began at 7:00 AM in the village of Salardú, with a change in the route due to the accumulation of snow in the Còth de Pòdo area, at 2,600 meters above sea level in Colomèrs.
A total of 1,707 runners started the race, divided into three different waves at 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00, ready to tackle the 51.5 kilometers with 3,100 meters of positive elevation gain and 3,400 meters of descent that separated them from the finish line, located for the first time in the history of the event, at the Ultra-Trail® Village in Vielha.
The competition was fierce, with athletes such as Miguel Arsenio (903 UTMB® Index), José Ángel Fernández Jiménez (888 UTMB® Index), Marcos Ramos (871 UTMB® Index), Inés Astrain (706 UTMB® Index), Marta Pérez Maroto (698 UTMB® Index), and Madison Reynolds (692 UTMB® Index).
Ultimately, Víctor del Águila was the first runner to ring the bell of this fourth edition of HOKA Val d’Aran by UTMB®, crossing the finish line with a time of 05:00:20.
Close behind him was the Portuguese runner Andre Rodrigues, who stopped the clock at 05:00:29. Completing the podium was Daniel Castillo, who finished seventh in the same distance last year.
In the women’s category, Inés Astrain was the fastest, covering the 51.5 kilometers of the race in a time of 06:12:02.
“I dreamed of a race like this, my first By UTMB® race. I set the time for myself, and I enjoyed it a lot, up until the last descent when I was told that Gisela was three minutes behind,” said the runner from Pamplona. Gisela Carrión took second place, stopping the clock at 06:14:58. “I had set a goal that I really liked and chose this one. I have spent a lot of time here, and the Val d’Aran is very special to me,” said the Catalan.
Marta Pérez Maroto finished third, with a time of 06:22:29.
Today, it’s the turn of the CDH, the 110-kilometer race, which will start at 6:00 AM, and at 4:00 PM the VDA, the flagship race of HOKA Val d’Aran by UTMB®, will begin.

TV broadcasters: Media-Sport.com

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