Galapagos Challenge: Triathlon (Triatlon) and Cross-Island Marathon

About Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz Island, Things to Do

The annual Galapagos Challenge has been scheduled for October 12-13, 2012. This year I will run it.

This will be a challenge for me (and my 45 years) to try to make this Olympic-distance Triathlon. This year, Ecuador’s Olympic athletes will be in this race to show their support.

The race really is unbelievable. It is a tough swim across the Itabaca Channel (almost from the area that the boat taxis cross from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz Island) of 1500 meters. Then participants cycle 40 kilometers across the whole island. When we reach the road into town (Puerto Ayora) we run 10 kilometers across the town.

To begin training, I’ve run a few 10K races in the mainland (Ecuador). Since April I have done:

  • Climb the Illinizas a 5300 meters above sea level mountain, a 2 day trek that makes you love Ecuador even more. The Illinizas are a pair of volcanic mountains south of Quito. See three photos below. It is breathtaking.
  • I crossed the Cajas National Park from west to east (running towards Cuenca): 24 Km in 6 hours
  • Training almost everyday cycling, runing, swimming and some yoga here in Cuenca.

Illinizas Mountains Near Quito 

These pictures were taken a couple months as I began my training for the Triathlon. These mountains are just south of Quito – a large city in the north of Ecuador.

Galapagos Challenge website: Only true warriors who know no limits will be able to defeat Santa Cruz Island, and complete the Galapagos Challenge.

In Spanish: Nota: Solo los verdaderos Guerreros que no conozcan límites serán capaces de vencer a la Isla de Santa Cruz, vencer el Galápagos Challenge.

Here are some photos from last years event. Swim, cycle and run. It is an amazing event!

Video of Last Years Event

Images and logos used with permission from Galapagos Challenge

Meet the Author

Hernan is the General Manager of Flipper's Hotel Galapagos – a Galapagos hotel and touring company.

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