French Runner Tackles 127km ‘Walk in the Park’ at Transgrancanaria Island Race

What happens when an ordinary runner decides to tackle a seriously hard trail race, while also maintaining a professional and social life? Here’s how one runner did it.

The Transgrancanaria is hosted on Gran Canaria, an island of Spain. The race offers several distances, including a marathon, but the greatest is the classic — 126 km with over 6,900m elevation gain, sprawling across singletrack, dirt, and gravel roads of the Canaries.

It’s part of the UTMB World Series, so no joke in terms of difficulty. This year, the Transgrancanaria race was held on March 4, 2022.

In a recent short film, The North Face is hoping to show what it takes for an average runner to prepare for, run, and cross the finish line in this race.

“You don’t just wake up one day and say, ‘I’m going to run 126k.’ It’s something you need to work up to progressively,” said Theau Marmey, the runner in the film.

Marmey, a 31-year-old amateur runner from France, finished in 20:46:07. Outside of running, he works in a leisure center with youth.

Runtime: 11 minutes

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Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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