São Tomé The Hemisphere Crossing
São Tomé – The Hemisphere Crossing
200 km – 6 stages
+6.000m / -6.000m
The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea offer a glimpse into forgotten plantations, elegantly built colonial houses, the spectacular tubular Pico Cão Grande, colorful natural beauty in the jungle, and unspoiled beaches.
The race is an unique challenge to run through the archipelago, crossing cocoa and coffee plantations, witnessing the island’s unusual histories, and camping on idyllic beaches where five species of marine turtles still lay their eggs when in season.
Of course, the race finishes at the Equator Line – São Tomé is the closest country on earth to the coordinates 0°N 0°E – where the equator crosses the 0° meridian.
The Course is mainly on off-road trails with partly rocky or grass ground, gravel or forest soil. Only in very few cases will there be asphalted ground.
The course is mostly profiled with some modest ascent and descents.
You will pass through numerous small villages, lonely beaches, cocoa-, coffee- and palm oil plantations during the race.
15/07/2021 (Thursday) – Arrival Sao Tome. Complementary dinner. Overnight at opening hotel
16/07/2021 (Friday) – Race check-in. Equipment check. Medical check. Distribution of road book. Opening dinner and overnight in hotel
17/07/2021 (Saturday) – Prologue run of approx. 5km with local runners (no timing), complementary lunch in town & transport to the 1st camp (approx.45mins). Opening race briefing. Camp 1 is located approx. 45mins west of São Tomé City in the botanical garden of the largest plantation of São Tomé „Roca Agostinho Neto”
18/07/2021 (Sunday) – Stage 1 (36km). Camp 2 is in the school of Monte Café, the most special coffee plantation of São Tomé
19/07/2021 (Monday) – Stage 2 (31km). Camp 3 is in the „Pousada Bombain”
20/07/2021 (Tuesday) – Stage 3 (29km). Camp 4 is in a small fishermen village next to the sea
21/07/2021 (Wednesday) – Stage 4 (59km). Camp 5 is on the beach „Praia Grande” with a spectacular view to the Pico Cão Grande
22/07/2021 (Thursday) – Stage 5 (28km). Camp 6 on the beach ” Praia Piscina”
23/07/2021 (Friday) – Stage 6 (16km). Finish at the equator line on the island Ilhéu das Rolas. Awardceremony and dinner at hotel on the island. Overnight stay in the hotel
24/07/2021 (Saturday) – Departure (organised and complementary transport to São Tomé International Airport (approx.2,5hrs) or individual departure and post-race extension program.