Ultramarathonista João Oliveira, from Chaves Run Team – Dragões de Chaves Sports Association, once again beat ALUT – Algarviana Ultra Trail, after traveling 300 kilometers in 41:50 hours, with a new record.
This year, the athlete needed only 41:50 hours (less 1:14 hours than in 2017) to go from Alcoutim to Cabo de São Vicente, in Vila do Bispo, via Via Algarviana.
Despite repeating at the event, João Oliveira assured, upon arrival at the goal that this fact was not an adjuvant.
"I honestly did not remember 95% of the course," he admitted. The climatic problems, especially the rain and the cold, allied to the mud that formed in the ground, were the great challenges of the race for this athlete.
The second man to see the lighthouse of Cabo de São Vicente still in the daytime was the Japanese Iino Wataru.
The athlete, who last year won Badwater in the US, and who has participated in the most demanding events of the world circuit, such as the Marathon of the Sands or Diagonal des Fous, needed just over 46 hours to finish this trip in the interior Algarve, provided by ATR – Algarve Trail Running, with the support of the Algarve Tourism Region and the Almargem Association.
The third ranked, João Faustino, running for Ready to Eat The Kitchen Portimão, reached the finish line at night after 54 hours of testing.
Among women, France's Sylvie Mathis has been leading the race since the second third, followed by Patrícia Carvalho and Cidália Martins. One of the candidates for the win, Ester Alves of Salomon / Suunto, left the competition before kilometer 200.
In addition to the solo strand, the ALUT course could also be completed by teams of two, three or four elements.
In this mode, the team [email protected], made up of athletes Paulo Alves, Francisco Dias, Rosa Silvestre and Marcelo Silva, returned this year also being the fastest to reach the goal – and the only one to beat João Oliveira -, again with a solidary mission.
This year, the team ran for the reforestation of Monchique, the county most affected by the fires this summer.
In 2nd place, the ATR team – Algarve Trail Running, made up of Ana Peixinho, José Pina, Ivo Roque and Lúcio Sustelo, followed the Loulegest team, consisting of Marisa Francisco, João Martins and Vicélio Mendes.
The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at Cape St. Vincent in Sagres, at which point the last athletes should be on target.
Throughout the course, all athletes are supported by security forces, health professionals and ALUT collaborators, in partnership with city councils, parish councils, volunteer firefighters and local groups and communities.
The progression of the athletes can be monitored at http://alut2018.legendstracking.com.