In this year that the Doñana Challenge is in celebration to fulfill already ten editions, we also wanted to recognize the list of triathletes that have managed to impose themselves on the finish line since the first edition of 2009, in a triathlon that has been converted over the years, due to its special characteristics, in a preferred destination for many athletes.
They all have something in common, their falling in love with a test that, despite its hardness in many moments, he calls you for the beauty of the landscapes through which it runs, especially the swim across the mouth of the Guadalquivir river on its way through Sanlúcar de Barrameda and run on foot through the sand of the Doñana beach. There is no winner of the different editions held that have not recommended that at least once in life should do this test.
In the first edition, in 2009, the winners were the British Paul Amey and Italian Martina Dogana, that were imposed in a novel competition, in which the traditional order of the triathlon tests was altered, and in which more than 200 athletes participated. Amey entered the finish line with a 6 time: 09: 40 and Dogana finished the competition in 6: 55: 48. We must remember that the first editions had a different route: 169 km. of cycling, 1 km. of swimming and 30 km. of running race, until totaling 200 kilometers of test. And the goal was located on Matalascañas beach, in Almonte (Huelva).
The Portuguese Lino Barruncho and the Basque triathlete Inma Pereiro They were the winners of the second edition of Desafío Doñana, held at 2010, a test that was already beginning to attract the attention of triathletes who like authentic 'challenges'.
Inma Pereiro, with her triumph in 2011, she was the first athlete to repeat victory in the Andalusian long distance race. For its part, the Italian Martina Dogana, who had imposed in the first edition, repeated the second position of the previous year, also achieving a great record in his three appearances in the Doñana Challenge. In the male absolute category, the victory was also for a Spaniard, the Spaniard Alejandro Santamaría, that finally managed to impose itself in a competition that had been looking since its first participation, with the third place in 2009 and the second one of 2010.
Double Andalusian triumph in the fourth edition of the competition, held the 28 September of 2013. The grenadine Elena Aguilar and the Sevillian Basilio Polvillo they entered first position in the finish line, in an edition that was marked by the reduction of the cyclist route to 90 kilometers and, especially, by the elimination of the swimming sector, by the death of a person at the mouth the day before its celebration.
Elena Aguilar repeated triumph in 2014, in an edition that already consolidated the modification of the route of the cycling sector of the previous year, and that in the male category the triumph was taken by the Sevillian Sergio Cruz, after completing the tour before the large audience that gathered.
Cruz also won the finish line of the Playa de Malandar in the sixth edition, which had the malagueña as absolute winner María Bravo, who disputed for the first time in three years a triathlon for her motherhood, feeling very happy to achieve the goal she had set.
In 2016, the seventh edition of Desafío Doñana was held, which won the Jiennense Yessica Pérez and the Huelva Emilio Martín, who thus achieved his first of the three victories in his pocket the triple duathlon world champion. As a novelty in this edition was the increase to one hundred kilometers of the cycling segment. He also highlighted this year as the most numerous to date in terms of participation, 542 athletes.
Emilio Martin, as we have already mentioned, he won with great authority for the second time in the Sanlúcar test and the winner in the women's event was La Mancha Alba Reguillo, which was premiered in the competition, and which was absolutely amazed by everything that surrounded the competition: organization, route, volunteers, public, etc.
Last year the ninth and last edition was held until the Doñana Challenge, repeating victory two years later the Jiennense Yessica Pérez and achieving his third consecutive win Emilio Martín, interestingly, in its three participations.
In short, a great list of winners for a test that will celebrate on Saturday 21 of September its tenth edition
Further information: https://www.desafiodonana.com/