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Formentera hosts 40th John Tunks memorial mini-marathon

foto minimarato 2018The department of the Formentera Council, in partnership with Grup Esportiu Espalmador, announces that the 40th John Tunks Memorial Mini Marató will take place Thursday December 6.

Runners set out at 10.30am from Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució in one of two modalities—athletics and skating. The race is open to everyone, though age limits are in place across the distinct categories.

Start times and distances

10.30am, start of 12K John Tunks memorial mini-marathon (multi-category).
10.40am, start of single-category skaters' circuit (Cursa de Patinatge).
11.10am (approximate), start of 2,800m trial in corresponding categories. Pending passage of Guardia Civil traffic motorbike at the front of 12K race.
12 noon to 12.30pm, SUB 6 (100m), SUB 8 (200m), SUB 10 (one 500m lap, closed circuit), SUB 12 (two 500m laps, closed circuit).

Runners on the 12K are due back by approximately 12.10pm.

Interruptions in vehicle traffic and public transport

Road closures will be necessary from 10.20am to 12.30pm, with normal traffic flow resuming once the race is complete.

Runners and skaters can catch free buses from the port in la Savina to start points in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran, with return service available as well. Participants from Eivissa who show their signup form at the corresponding Baleària ticket counter are eligible for discounted ferry fare.

Poliesportiu hosts 'family fitness day'

foto-sincro1As part of local observance of Universal Children's Day, the sports department of the Formentera Council announces on that Saturday November 24 the Antoni Blanc sports centre and swimming pool is hosting the Jornada Esportiva Familiar, a special day of activities for the whole family.

“It's a day to get the island's youngest excited about active living”, said CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal. “We want islanders to see that sport can be a family activity,” he said, “and young islanders to see their parents as role models for just that”.

Swimming pool programming
From 10.00am to 1.30pm, there will be a special “aquatic circuit for kids”, plus chances for families to try scuba-diving (participants must sign up beforehand, and be 8 or older and accompanied by an adult).

From 12.30pm to 1.15pm, visitors will get to watch the winter 2018 third-place junior Balearic champions, a duet, perform a demonstration of artistic swimming.

Sports centre programming
From 10.00am to 1.30pm, the floor of Antoni Blanc fitness facility will be the site of a “psychomotricity circuit for tots”. Additional sports games and a round of dodgeball are on the programme as well.

Artistic swimming demo
At 5.30pm there will be a demonstration by Club Natació Formentera in the Antoni Blanc swimming pool.

First round of signups starts for Formentera half marathon, 8K run

foto-mitja-marato---11The office of sport of the Formentera Council announces that Thursday November 22 marks the start of the first round of signups (preinscipcions) for the Formentera half-marathon and 8K run, both of which are scheduled to take place Saturday May 11, 2019, with space available for 2,000 and 1,000 respectively.

At the close of signups today, the first day, the sports department reported 300 requests.

How the first round works
Due to the large number of runners who wish to participate every year, organisers use a lottery system for the two events to determine who can run. The first round of registration closes Monday December 17. After completing this step, hopeful participants will receive an email with their lottery number.

Runners wishing to compete together should complete preinscripcions simultaneously to ensure consecutive lottery numbers.

The notary public overseeing the drawing on Wednesday December 19 will choose a number at random for each distance. The process continues until no places remain, and runners whose number is called will compete in the corresponding circuit.

The second round of registration, including online payment, can be completed between December 21 and January 10, 2019 at unisportconsulting.com. Registration costs €33 for the half-marathon and €18 for the 8K run from Sant Ferran to La Savina. Runners who not already have the required “yellow chip” must add another €3 for chip rental to the final price-tag.

If places remain at the close of signups, available spots will be assigned consecutively to the numbers after the cut-off point until none are left.

Some runners, like those who have competed in at least five past editions of the runs, are not required to participate in the lottery and are guaranteed inclusion. These individuals will receive instructions via email on how to access the second-round signup page. Also exempt are Formentera residents, who should contact the CiF sports department for their access code.

Cros de Formentera

foto cros 2018The Formentera Council's sports office reports that Sunday November 18 will mark the season's first cross-country, or cros, running meet. The race will play out on the trails of Ses Illetes. There will be intermittent restrictions on circulating vehicle traffic between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday.

The day will also feature a school cross-country meet. Lower categories will compete between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and the centrepiece is a 5.2K run kicking off at 12.30pm. Participants can register on site until thirty minutes before the start. Some 160 runners are expected to compete in both modalities.

The Formentera Council, Grup Esportiu Espalmador and Federació Balear d'Atletisme are organising the event. Baleària transport company is offering runners from Eivissa 50% off the price of their ferry ticket, and a free bus will link La Savina and Ses Illetes, departing between 9.45am and 10.00am and returning between 1.45pm and 2.00pm.

Hundred plus cyclists expected for Friday’s mountain-biking Volta Cicloturista

btt-volta-cicloturista1This morning the Formentera Council’s sports office unveiled plans for the third edition of the island’s Volta Cicloturista, a mountain-biking challenge. CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal was on hand at the gathering, along with spokespeople from the organising entities, Grup Esportiu Espalmador and Unisport Consulting, as well as a representative from Trasmapi, which is cosponsoring the event.

Secretary Vidal said organisers are counting on seeing over a hundred cyclists take part in the event, part of Discover Formentera in October, which he called “a push to put Formentera and its natural surroundings on the map with a range of sporting activities”.

Third BTT Volta Cicloturista
Once again, organisers tried to organize an event where mountain bikers of all backgrounds would find in Formentera a meeting point. The toughness of the trails and the breathtaking natural beauty on the island make it a star event on the calendar of mountain biking events in the Balearics.

Set to unfold between Friday and Sunday, the three-stage, 97.5-km route has a combined elevation gain of one thousand metres and each stage is estimated to take approximately three and a half hours.

Distances in the Volta Cicloturista are what make the trial ideal for cyclists of all stripes, whether or not they have a competitive bent. Timed segments include the first and third stages.

On Sunday more experienced cyclists can participate in a classic. Back for its 24th year, the demanding BTT La Mola offers up a demanding 37.6km and 850 metres of elevation gain. Times count towards another mountain-biking event, the Challenge del Campionat Pitiús.

Participants interested in a ride that’s slightly less technically-demanding can choose a route that borrows from segments of the established course. Completion times for this trial will not be recorded.

Traffic closures
For five minutes on Saturday at approximately 11.00am, crews will block the segment of highway from Sant Ferran to Sant Francesc near the windmills. Intermittent road closures are also anticipated on Sunday from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Club Maryland turnoff near the restaurant Acapulco. Organisers thank motorists in advance for their cooperation and apologise for any inconveniences.

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