Globallimits Saõ Tomé – An Ultra Running First
Força! Força! Participants of GlobalLimits São Tomé - The Hemisphere Crossing - are now so familiar with this phrase, as cheerful locals welcome us running through their villages and their fields, exploring their lush country on foot. Old mansions, local villages, waterfalls, muddy trails, colourful flowers, fine sand beaches, turquoise water, cocoa, fresh fruits and seafood, and premium coconut oil - Saō Tomé and Principé has so much to offer.
GlobalLimits runners have made history in this fertile land by participating in the first ultramarathon organised on the island. They are also possibly the first guests of the island, that explore it by way of running, walking, struggling, sweating, or even swearing, from the north to the south and across, even once around the island of Rolas, and complete their journey on the Equator.
How was the race? It was wonderful if you enjoyed humidity, deep mud, the occasional downpours and running with wet feet. After all, who cares when one could run in this green paradise and feel so much love and care from the local communities, businesses, and the government (we even had the privilege to have the Prime Minister, Mr. Jorge Bom Jesus start the race); but also our local teams, volunteers and doctors from afar.
GlobalLimits is grateful for all and we hope this race brings all our qualified runners (and friends and supporters), wonderful and beautiful memories of this unique island of São Tomé.
We thank you everyone for their participation and we look forward to seeing you again in other GlobalLimits races. Congratulations!
Véronique Messina (second left) from France is the champion of the female category - it is her 4th wins in the GlobalLimits race series; Christina Khinast from Austria took second place; and Julia Romanova from the Netherlands, was in third place. Véro and Julia are GlobalLimits Heritage Site Runner Series Award holders.
The Pride of Saõ Tomé and Spain!
The male winner was the 25 years old Saô Tomean runner Ismael Tavarez, ahead of Spanish runner Xavier Marina, who took his fifth GlobalLimits podium place. Third place went to the youngest runner in the race, Júlio Pereira, also from Saõ Tomé. Both Ismael and Júlio are the first from their country to compete in an ultramarathon and made history with the race performances.
You can find the full results and more about about all of the Globallimits events at; https://www.global-limits.com/