Breaking News - Race Report Stage 1 - Sao Tomé:
In the presence of the Director of Sports of São Tomé and Príncipe, cheering locals and local school children singing the national anthem of the island, the 4th edition of GlobalLimits São Tomé - The Hemisphere Crossing - started in front of the historical hospital of Agostinho Neto plantation.
The first stage stage was 36,9km with a mix of various trails and water crossing. It was a hot, humid day but occasional breeze brought some delights to runners. A rain shower cools down the air in mid day.
Patrick Singh from Canada, who is the second time in the race, enjoyed the uphill section. Tada Schinichi from Japan, also enjoyed the green lush trail.
First: Kinderly Batista from São Tomé and Príncipe Time 3:26hrs
Second: Jusuel Alzina from São Tomé and Príncipe Time 3:52hrs
Third: Martin Dittberner from Germany Time: 4:22:14
First: Filipa Castela from Portugal Time of 3:54hrs
Second: Teresa Lam from Hongkong Time: 4:45hrs
Third: Christina Khanist from Austria Time: 4:57hrs
Both Kinderly and Filipa has broken this stage‘s course record. Kinderly is 5 minutes faster than Ismael Tavarez in 2020 and Filipa is two minutes faster than Veronique Messina from France‘s record in 2020. The water crossings today did not slow our runners!
Monte Café was once the largest coffee plantation on the island. The village still house a coffee museum and the coffee production facilities is still very much visible. Tonight the runners stay in the local kindergarten.
Tomorrow’s stage is only 30km heading towards the south, to the flower garden of Bombaim.
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