Like many other Spanish children, Pau grew up dreaming of playing professional football. And he actually came pretty close. But that dream was shattered in 2012 when he sustained a football-career-ending knee injury. For active rehab, his doctor recommended trail running. And just a few months later a new dream was being hatched. The following year, Pau competed in his first trail race and won. He then followed it up with a time of 2.58 in the Barcelona Marathon.
But Pau felt these distances weren’t enough. In 2014, he started to compete regularly in ultra-running events. He found he excelled the longer the distance and the tougher the race, and in 2014 he stormed to victory in the Ultra Sierra Nevada (103km) and in the Ultra Trail Mallorca (112km). He’s won the Transgrancanaria Classic four times. He’s taken the top spot at the Eiger Ultra Trail, the Patagonia 100 Miler and the TDS Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. But his biggest personal victory came in 2019 when he won the UTMB in a record-breaking time of 20 hours and 19 minutes over the 171km distance, and the win earned him the ultra running world title.
Outside of competition, Pau continues to seek personal challenges such as Run For the Arctic and Breaking 20.