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Germain Grangier, UTMB bronze medallist, with his sights set on Transvulcania

The Frenchman finished third on the podium on the longest distance of the UTMB last September.

The organisers of Transvulcania continue to finalise the list of elites who will once again make La Palma the world epicentre of trail running next May. On this occasion, the French runner Germain Grainger, who recently obtained third place in the last edition of the UTMB, only surpassed by the North Americans Jim Walmsley and Zach Miller, as well as being second in the Grand Raid de la Réunion and standing on the top of the podium in the 90Km of the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, all in the last year, has been confirmed.

The French runner, who has been performing at the highest level for the last few seasons, has also won races such as Salomon Gore-Tex MaXi-Race, Madeira Island Ultra Trail, Val d'Aran or SkyTour Matheysin. The upcoming race will be his second participation in the longest distance of Transvulcania and Grangier comes with lessons learned to try to improve the fifth place achieved in his first participation in the last edition of Transvulcania. With this CV, this former geologist, who discovered the pleasure of running after giving up cycling, will be one of the runners to watch closely in the next edition of Transvulcania.

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Sergio Rodríguez, points out that the race continues to prove to be a reference for international athletes, both popular and elite level, who see in the Transvulcania a sporting challenge and the opportunity to enjoy a race that is close to them and in which the local public turns out in force.

In addition, Sergio Rodríguez highlights the fact that Grangier joins a group of top-level runners who see the different disciplines of the Transvulcania as a challenge to overcome.

The registrations for the main race in La Palma continue at a good pace, and some of its modalities are already on their way to being sold out, as the Ultramarathon, the Marathon and the Half Marathon are around 90% on average, and some of them are about to be completed, and the Vertical Kilometre, the shortest modality, is at 35%.