30km, 1900m+ in idyllic sceneries in the center of Portugal. I had never been there and its forests have a great orienteering potential. The course was really tough but I loved it from the beginning until the end.
The spirit of trail running is really different/healthier from the road races. I spent almost the whole course talking with the other 2 athletes that were with me. In the second big hill I just kept the pace and was alone until the end, managing the lead and winning the race in 2:59:04. FULL RESULTS HERE. I ended the day being sutured at my hometown hospital with 3 stitches in my left elbow because of a fall on a wet stone in the last slope.
I felt like a "Sissy" on the registration by "only" making the entry to the short race, since the main course had 82km, 5000m+. Maybe in a next time...
Here is a short video about the race and this growing community in Portugal: