The festive ambience prevailed throughout day two of the BUFF Mountain Festival. The combination of good weather together with an extensive range of activities for all visitors made it a day to remember in Barruera, the epicentre of the Vall de Boí.
In addition to the artistic activities on offer for the little ones, there were also the SuperCurses. Boys and girls were able to enjoy their first trail running experience on this non-competitive race whilst participating in the aid campaign for the Rohingya. BUFF will donate €5 for each registration to provide refugees from the ethnic group with drinking water for a month.
The festival gathered together more than 1,200 participants split across the high mountain competitions such as the BUFF Epic Trail and the Mountain Duathlon.
At 6 a.m. the fifth edition of the BUFF® Epic Trail 65K - Joan Rojas Memorial began with 350 participants from more than 20 different countries setting off from the starting line. Andreu Simón, Raúl Baltuci and Gerard Morales took the top three spots in the men’s category after 9 hours of competition. The women’s podium was made up of Tina Bes, Roser Español and Manu Vilaseca.
Two hours later the starting gunshot sounded in the 26-kilometre discipline where Zach Miller clinched an indisputable victory. In the women’s category, Anna Carné took first place. More than 700 runners enjoyed the spectacular landscape of the Vall de Boí.
The high Mountain Duathlon got going for the first time combining two of the present day’s most popular disciplines: trail running and BTT. Disputed in the BTT-Trail Running-BTT format, the route took the athletes to an altitude of almost 2,600 metres, crossing the magnificent landscape of Cerví de Durro before embarking on a long descent down to the finishing line in Barruera. In total, 40 kilometres and more than 2,000 metres elevation gain. The iconic mountain sports athlete Joan Freixa was the fastest and was crowned the winner of the discipline. Silvia Zuñiga took first place in the women’s category.
One of the most dizzying events was the Catalan Bouldering Championships, in which the best Catalan climbers converged on Barruera to compete for the title. A 10-metre long and 3.5-metre high structure brought out the best of the competitors with Chaya García and Marieta Cartró proclaimed winners at this edition.
There were also activities to improve Nordic walking techniques and yoga classes for relaxing in an incomparable landscape.
On Sunday at 8 a.m. the 42-kilometre race with 3,300 metres elevation gain, part of the Skyrunner® World Series, will set off. At 9.30 a.m. it will be the turn of the 11-kilometre event with 470 metres elevation gain, whilst the activities for all visitors will continue until the end of the festival.