Organizing large sports events really became a challenge since the outbreak of COVID. Races were cancelled, postponed, some of them were held. Mostly it was and still is out of control of the organizers if a race can be hold or not. It was not different in Faial, which is for years the Mecca of trail running in the Azores. The traditional Azores Trail Run, normally organized in spring, was cancelled this year, but trail running is back to Faial. The Triangle Adventure will be on October 22, 23 and 24 on the islands of Pico, São Jorge and Faial.

Triangle Adventure, final event of the Salomon Golden Trail National Series

Part of the Salomon Golden Trail National Series for Spain and Portugal, the Triangle Adventure will be final event of the 2021 season. If anybody doubts that this will be a great event, just check out the videos of the past years. Held on three days with races on the three islands of the triangle it is more than just a trail running event. Those who had the luck to attend last year’s final of the Salomon Golden Trail World Series on Faial know, why Faial is the cradle of trail running in the Azores.

Azores Triangle Adventure 2019
Golden Trail World Series Final 2020 Faial

Three days, three islands, three races

The islands of Faial, Pico and São Jorge are called the triangle and can easily be reached by ferry from Faial. On day one, the racers will climb Pico, the highest mountain of Portugal. Right from sea level, the 26,5 km track will go to the top of Pico at 2351 m. On day two there will be a 28,8 km race crossing the island of São Jorge. From coffee plantations up the mountains and down to the most beautiful Fajãs of the Azores. On the final day the race starts and ends at the volcano of Capelinhos. The 30,9 km competition leads to the Caldeira, the top of Faial, and back. One thing you will see for sure during the three days are volcanoes, be it long time extinct ones or recent ones. The volcano of Capelinhos erupted only 64 years ago and the landscape is still marked by the ashes of the eruption.

Trail running will be back in 2022

Looking to the future, it is great to know that trail running is back to Faial. In case you signed up for the race, you will find all necessary information for your trip to Faial here on If you like trail running and liked the videos of the past events, then do not forget to sign up for the Azores Trail Run, Whalers Great Route Ultra Trail organized on May 6,7 and 8 2022. All information will be available here.