Kenneth Gasque: Volcano Triathlon

Founded in 1985 by the same man who started Ironman Lanzarote, the Volcano Triathlon race is the oldest international triathlon in Spain.

| April 21, 2017 | RACES

Kenneth Gasque at Club La Santa in Lanzarote, February 2017.

Kenneth Gasque at Club La Santa in Lanzarote, February 2017.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

It's going to be a busy couple of weeks in the Canary Islands (in terms of triathlon racing, anyway). This weekend will see Challenge Gran Canaria and, on April 29th, Lanzarote's Club La Santa will host the 34th edition of the Volcano Triathlon, the oldest international triathlon in Spain.

Created by Danish legend Kenneth Gasque in 1985, the same year he became the first Dane to compete at the Ironman World Championship, the standard-distance race has a rich history. Gasque would go on to create Ironman Lanzarote in 1992 - the race continues to be one of the most fabled events on the Ironman calendar. Before all that started, though, there was the Volcano triathlon.

“It is the oldest international triathlon in Spain and the Volcano Triathlon has, since 1985, been an inspiration for all participants. All our finishers are winners. We have had some of the greatest triathletes compete, including Ironman World Championship winners Dave Scott, Luc van Lierde and Thomas Hellriegel. For the people from the Canary Islands the Volcano Triathlon is a unique and traditional event which they are very proud of,” says Gasque, the events director at Club La Santa.

Last year's champions, Kenneth Vandendriessche (BEL) and Alice Hector (GBR), are both on the start list, hoping to defend their titles.

Daniel Unger wins the 2013 Volcano Triathlon.

Daniel Unger wins the 2013 Volcano Triathlon.

Photo >Bob Foy