“It was a great day, plenty of stress but a fantastic day in the end.” Kenneth Gasque smiles as he remembers last year’s Ocean Lava Race, which was threatened by torrential rains just a couple of days before the starting siren sounded.
The exotically-patterned Ocean Lava shirts, designed by Kenneth’s wife Anna Lis, are made and produced in Spain. “We think people would rather pay a couple of Euros more for a quality local product,” says Kenneth. The Ocean Lava Sports Shop in front of Fariones Suite has lots of exotic and unique designs.
On the 26th of this month, even more are expected to take part in the 10th Ocean Lava Race, the culmination of 22 Ocean Lava events that have taken place in 17 countries over the year so far. “We’ve signed up more than 500 competitors already,” says Kenneth, “And we’re expecting 800.”
The Ocean Lava Race is a triathlon that will take place in Puerto del Carmen over three distances: Half Distance (1.9km swim, 90km cycle, 21km run); Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 45km cycle, 10km run); and Super Sprint (0.4km swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run).
The swim will take place in the waters off Playa Grande – at their warmest this time of year, before contestants mount their bikes and head off into the volcano country which gives the event its name, returning later to complete the running route along Puerto del Carmen’s “Strip”.
The two longer distances are open to over-18s, the Super Sprint open to anyone over 13 and there’ll be a special Kids’ run on the Friday evening before the race.
Just like last year, there’ll also be two finishing lines, one for official times and another that competitors can cross with families and partners.
Ocean Lava continues to grow, and Kenneth is already in negotiations for future events in Iceland, Denmark , Ecuador and the Galapagos islands – perfect sites for the Ocean Lava ethos. “People are calling to ask me now”, smiles Kenneth.
To find out more about the Ocean Lava events, click here.