- Photos by Samuel Charlebois
Run your city // In Colombia with Emmanuelle-Salambo Deguara
What brought you to this city?
My boyfriend and I have always been interested in South America, the warm, colorful, historical side, getting out of our daily lives. In Colombia, we could discover the jungle, the sea, the altitude and prepare the Ultra-Trail Harricana where I was going to do 80 km in trail. I was ready, but I wanted to bulk up and acclimatize to the heat, because the UTHC this year was going to be very hot.
Briefly tell me about your trip.
After landing in Bogota, we took every opportunity to race. While waiting for the bus, we knew we had 2 hours free, we took our valuables, we put them in our little ones fast pack and we toured the city on the run.
We then headed to the National Park of El Cocuy to go to altitude. The cold brought us back to Cartagena, medieval town, close to water and heat, but still at altitude. We made the Summit El Pulpito del Diablo (18km at 4900m altitude). At altitude, it's much more uphill hiking and downhill jogging.
What is your favorite route?
Definitely the loop from Finca to Minca on a course proposed by Strava. So we left for a 42 km on trail, in a mix of jungle and city passing through incredible villages.
We leave with Dalma, the hotel's Dalmatian dog. He's not bad, my highlight! People stopped to come see him and give us advice for our safety.
Is it a good city for running?
This is not the ideal place. I imagine people who travel to run want to be safe and let go. It's a place for discovery and getting out of your comfort zone, but not the safest for running.
If you want to connect with Colombians, tell them about Pablo Escobar. Everyone is happy to talk about him. Even in taxis there are books about him.
What makes you run?