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We all know that Lanzarote is blessed with year round sunshine, but did you know that this Canary Island favourite plays host to many sporting events throughout the year? Better still, these events are not just for world-class athletes, anyone can sign up to compete in them.

It’s easy to see why so many of us are now combining holidays with taking part in sporting events, as many are centered on beautiful landmarks, historical sites and stunning scenery. What better way to see the country?

If you feel like a sporting challenge, then Lanzarote is host to an abundance of sporting events such as – Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote, Ocean Lava Triathlon, Swim Crossing Lanzarote and the Lanzarote marathon.

The Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote takes place in May. This 140.6 mile event is the official qualifying competition in Europe for the Ironman World Championships, which take part in Kona, Hawaii. This event remains one of the most iconic and toughest ironman, distance, triathlon events in the world.

The challenging bike course brings you through Fire Mountain and up to the northern point of the island. This serves up beautiful views of the neighbouring island of La Graciosa. Do you have what it takes to swim 2.4 mile, cycle 112 mile and run 26.2 in 17 hours?

For those who are building up to Ironman distance, why not take part in Club La Santa 70.3 Lanzarote? This takes place every September and is still tough but stunningly beautiful. With a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run that finishes in Club La Santa stadium.

How good is your stroke? Can you swim 15km in 7 hours? Then why not take part in the Travesia La Bocaina swim, from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura that takes place every October. You will swim across the Bocaina channel that separates the two islands – this has fast become a challenging and unique experience, whatever level of swimmer you are.

December sees the Lanzarote marathon taking place, along the promenade between the resorts of Costa Tequise and Puerto del Carmen. It then continues across the capital of Arrecife and San Bartolome.
They also run three other distance races alongside the marathon – half marathon, 10km and 5km races, should you not wish to take part in the Lanzarote International Marathon. These events come under the ‘Sports for all’ label, meaning sport can be enjoyed by everyone.

4 Stage Mountain Bike Lanzarote, takes place in late January and consists of four bike courses – competitors can opt for all four stages, or pick and choose the ones they want to do. If you love the challenge of off road mountain bike racing, then these exciting courses could be for you. These courses are more technical and challenging than before, with 90% of the course covering sand, lava fields and dirt tracks – these will test your limits.

If you’re more of a spectator, then the PWA Costa Tequise World Championship windsurfing competitions is the one for you. They offer a fantastic combination of challenging, extreme and spectacular windsufing. So, with the variety of conditions that are combined with the trade winds, Lanzarote has become a world famous mecca for windsurfing. These take place at the end of June each year.

Don’t underestimate the amount of exposure to the sun your skin will get while taking part in these events. In case you do get caught out by the sun, there are some natural remedies to help soothe the immediate effects of sunburn.