Saturdays are usually quiet and very pleasant days to enjoy the handicraft market in Haría town, in the north of Lanzarote, but if you come to the island in November pay attention to the dates on which the “Haría Extreme” takes place. This is a mountain race where runners can feel a special connection with the island’s nature and its amazing volcanic landscapes, lava flows, semi-deserted beaches and paths that meanders around the crags of the Volcán de la Corona and the Famara Cliff.
How did the Haría Extreme begin in Lanzarote?
The idea came from some racing fans at the Haría Town Hall in 2010, just when trail running started to become very popular in Lanzarote.
At the beginning, this event started as a small race organized by several mountain and nature lovers, who love to run through amazing landscapes, small path and enjoy running in nature.
In 2017 has been held the seventh edition with four race categories: the Cicar Ultra (94 km), the Binter Marathon (44 km), the Medium (23 km) and the Starter Geopark (10 km), with a total of 1200 runners from 32 different nationalities.
All the groups begin at the Haría square, except the ULTRA categories’ , whose runners have the honor to start from the heart of Timanfaya National Park, crossing stunning volcanic landscapes, some of them hard to reach locations.
If you are in Lanzarote when the Haría Extreme is taking place, we would recommend you enjoy the sporty and festive atmosphere that day in this town and even you can do some cultural visits in the north of the island.
Every Saturday morning there is a market with a great variety of traditional craft stalls selling productos made of junco or palm, jewellery, woodwork, pottery and local fresh cheese, jams or organic fruit and vegetables.
Also, you can visit the Cesar Manrique House, in Haría town centre, and one of the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres of Lanzarote like the Mirador del Río, Cueva de los Verdes or Jameos del Agua.