Trail runner Hernán Henostroza Gamarra from Huaraz wins 38k Misti Sky Race in Arequipa

T he youngster from Huaraz just keeps on winning. In May of this year, Hernán Henostroza Gamarra managed to win the second edition of the Petzl Trail Plus in Ecuador and on last Sunday, he added another impressive win to his list of trophies winning the 38k Misti Sky Race in Arequipa. The difference between the winner and runner-up was extraordinary as Hernán finished one hour and sixteen minutes ahead of this rival.

The Huaraz-born trail runner participated in the second edition of the Misti Sky Race which took place in the Arequipa region, in the district of Chiguata. The spectacular trail started at at the Aguada Blanca Dam and reached its highest point at the summit of Misti at 5895 meters above sea-level, heading down to the picturesque town of Chiguata at 2,950 meters above sea level. Additionally, the trail passed through the Qhapaq Ñan which connected Puno with Arequipa in the past and along the trail, the trail runners were able to observe a series of pre-Hispanic terraces. The 38K started at 03:30 AM on Sunday, November 5 and the participants had 14 hours to finish the challenge.

In total there were 18 runners registered of which 17 actually started the race which was won by Hernán Henostroza in 06:31:15, far ahead of runner-up David Melchor Quispe Cabana (07:47:16) and number three Yover William Cantaro Giraldo (08:00:15). There were also international participants from France (Kévin Galvany) and Argentina (Walter Rios) who obtained a tenth and fourteenth spot respectively. The 25K event was won by Marylin Enriquez Jurado (06:20:00) and the 10K event was won by Juan Jose Castro Panta in 45 minutes and three seconds.

Hernán declared to The Huaraz Telegraph that he is back in Huaraz and to feel delighted because it’s really what he´s passionate about. ¨The race started at the White Water Dam, at 3,700 above sea-level and at the start it was very cold, about -7º C. At the summit of Guagua Putina it was – 10 º C. It was a tough route made for trail runners because of the difficulty of the terrain and altitude. The organisation was commissioned by the Vertigo Group and Carlos Zarate of Zarate Aventuras. I would like to thank my brother Renzo, my mother Encarnación, my father Hernán and my sister Cynthia for their support. Also, Ricardo Rivadeneira the organiser who selflessly organises these types of events with the support of friends and family.¨

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