Trail running: Emma Roca, pioneer of mountain running, dies

La trail runner Emma Roca died at age 47, a cancer victim. Your name will always be linked to mountain races and ultra-distance events. He made his way into this sport when he was still not so well known. In its palmars, are listed the triumph at Leadville (161 km in Colorado in 2014), in the GoreTex Transalpine Run (293 kilometers through the Alps as a couple in 2014); two third places on the Mont-Blanc Ultra Trail (2012 and 2013), a second place in the Maratn des Sables (2011) in other great results.

Degree in Biochemistry, PhD in Biomedical Engineering and professional firefighter from the rescue group of the Generalitat de Catalua (GRAE). He carried out the SUMMIT project -Health in ultra marathons and their limits. He also participated in adventure raids (champion of Spain in 2007 and world team champion in 2019) and mountain skiing.

The Reactions to his death have been noted among mountain athletes such as Kilian Jornet, the Pou brothers or Nuria Picas, among others. Picas wrote what he spoke to Roca a few days ago: “We don’t give up, we don’t throw away the bib. We are good fighters.” Despite the suffering, Emma said these words to me a few days ago, a lesson in life. The sports world cries, the firefighters … everyone cries. We will miss you. Wherever you are, Non Stop Emma! “