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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.

Council and sailing club sign deal to help put projects –sports-related, socially-impactful, cultural and educational– in motion

foto conveni club nauticCiF chief Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Vicent Tur, president of the island's club nàutic, to sign into action a partnership agreement in support of sport, social, cultural and educational initiatives.

As part of the deal, the “nautical” or sailing club pledges €50,000 to help the Council stage sporting events, like windsurf regattas with Formentera's surfing club or a sailing league as well as the programme “Descobreix la mar” in collaboration with the sailing school.
The sailing club will collaborate in the Aula de Titulacions Nàutiques, a nautical accreditation site, on training courses and work with the diving school to offer year-round programming. The club will also coordinate “Setmana de la mar”, an event with wide-ranging learning and cultural activities about underwater ecosystems.

The sailing club will likewise put together a yearly photo contest, an annual speed painting contest and an interactive classroom that will serve as a staging area for exhibits, conferences, seminars, concerts, cinema discussions and other activities promoting knowledge about the sea.

One of the sailing club’s main focuses is social inclusion. Club staff take part in disability and special needs training. Partnerships with other specialised associations like APMIPTEA and APNEEF are on the horizon as well.

The sailing club commits to a series of earth-friendly actions as well, like participating in future editions of Save Posidonia Project; helping draft a guide to green sailing; fomenting and spreading not just knowledge but a spirit of care and conservation as well...for the planet at large and for Formentera’s surrounding beauty, especially at Estany des Peix.

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