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Formentera welcomes 11th Mitjà Marató

foto-presentacio---mitja-marat1The Formentera Council's president and councillor of sport met today to unveil details about the island's eleventh half-marathon (Mitja Marató) and 8K run, both scheduled for Saturday May 11. Joining Jaume Ferrer and Jordi Vidal at the presentation was Manuel Hernández, the head of the organising firm Unisport Consulting, not to mention representatives of the event's biggest sponsors: CaixaBank (Maria Cruz, director) and Trasmapi (Nuria de la Torre, marketing chief).

All told 3,200 athletes are scheduled to compete—2,000 in the Mitjà Marató and another thousand in the 8K route. The starting shots of both fixtures will ring out at 5.30pm, though in different places: participants in the half-marathon start at la Mola lighthouse and—in what Manuel Hernández described as a safety measure—8K runners will take off from the es Ca Marí turn-off (outside Sant Ferran).

This year some six thousand completed early registration for the event. Hernández said the total number of participants was capped several years ago in a bid to make the fixture more enjoyable for runners and better adapted to the dimensions of the island.

Mitjà Marató turns eleven
The CiF first councillor described the eleven-year-old half-marathon as a well-established feature on the local calendar that “enables people to exercise and see everything the island has to offer: from la Mola's lighthouse to la Savina's”. Ferrer also underscored the Mitjà Marató's low-season tourist appeal.

Councillor Vidal thanked collaborators, organisers and sponsors, as well as security forces and volunteers at the event, to make the race possible. Vidal pointed out the importance of years of support in making the Mitjà Marató a nationally-recognised race. He also asked islanders for their patience ahead of the traffic interruptions expected.

Traffic interruptions
Starting at 4.45pm the main highway will be blocked along the following stretches: la Savina-es Pujols-Sant Ferran and Sant Ferran-la Mola. Segments will be progressively reopened as runners make headway, and normal traffic flow is expected to be fully re-established by 8.00pm.

The stretch of road connecting the town of el Pilar de la Mola and the nearby lighthouse will be closed to vehicle traffic from 3.00pm. Organisers say the highway should be reopened—and runners gone—by 5.45pm. Traffic on the road between la Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran will not be affected.

Trophies will be handed out at 7.00pm on passeig de la Marina in la Savina, near the finish line.


May 8, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera Council's “campus esportius”

foto campus estiu 1In an effort to increase the alternatives available to island youth for the approaching summer holidays, the Formentera Council department of sport is organising two sport day camps (campus esportius) at Antoni Blanc fitness centre and the municipal pool: one is called Atletisme Divertit (Fun with Athletics) and the other, Activitats Aquàtiques i Motrius, is dedicated to water activities and movement.

Enrolment in Atletisme Divertit opens Wednesday May 15 (Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc, 8.00am–9.00pm; online on OVAC). Applications will be processed in the order payment on completed applications is received. Should demand for Atletisme Divertit outstrip the space that is available, a waitlist will be started in case spots are forfeited. Would-be participants who register for both summer months will be given preference. Enrolment is not valid until the payment process is completed at the fitness centre.

Daily activities start at 9.00am and continue to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. Early drop-off is available for families who need it between 8.00am and 9.00pm.

Atletisme Divertit begins July 1 and comes to an end August 30. It will be run by five youth workers and offer capacity for 50 children aged three to seven. Children will practice fine motor skills, arts and crafts, swimming for fun and healthy habits.

“Activitats Aquàtiques i Motrius”
Signups for Activitats Aquàtiques i Motrius (Aquatic and Motor Skill Activities) can be processed 8.00am to 9.00pm between May 27 and June 7 at the fitness centre, or online on the OVAC website. Again, the order in which applications are processed will be based on when payment on completed applications is received. Would-be participants who register for both summer months will be given preference. Enrolment is not valid until the payment process is completed at the fitness centre.

The Aquatic camp runs from 9.00am to 2.00/2.30pm, Monday to Friday, and here too, early drop-off is available—from 7.45am to 9.00am—for families that need it.

The programme, which starts July 1 and ends September 13, will be run by eight youth workers. Space is available for 80 children, born in or after 2014. The camp used to be called Synchronised Swimming, but organisers feel the new title is a better fit given activities cover a breadth of areas like aquatics and body and movement.

An activity will be staged at 7.30pm on July 27 in which parents and families can participate with their children, and an 8.00am exhibit is scheduled at the cinema on August 31.

Prices
The monthly cost of the day camps is €150 and early drop-off casts an extra €30 per month. Reduced prices are available for families with more than child enrolled, large families and children of CiF employees.

Summer schools
Enrolment for the CiF youth services department's summer school programme (escoles d'estiu), which will be held at the island's three primary schools, is scheduled for the first half of June.


May 8, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Council forms partnership to run junior football campus

foto-conveni-sd-formentera1CiF first councillor Jaume Ferrer sat down with Xicu Ferrer, the chairman of Sociedad Deportiva Formentera, to sign a coordination and management deal for Formentera's centre for non-professional footballers (Escola de Futbol Base) in 2019.

As part of the annual agreement, the Council pledges up to €35,000 for the centre's management costs, and SD Formentera promises to oversee operations near the municipal football pitch.


May 7, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

After rain check, 'De far a far' walk-run rescheduled for Sunday May 5

The Formentera Council's office of sport reports that the De far a far walk-run is happening Sunday May 5. Rough weather on Sunday April 21 forced organisers to postpone the event, which turns six this year and is put on by the àrea de l'Esport and Grup Esportiu Espalmador.

All those interested can sign up on the elitechip.net website for €20 (race participants) or €15 (walkers). Refunds can be requested on the site for those who registered for the original date but cannot take part in the rescheduled event.

The day's programme, beginning at es Cap lighthouse, remains unchanged. Walkers are expected for a 9.00am start and the running contingent sets out two hours later, and both groups trace the same 26K circuit before cutting across la Mola to the lighthouse. Shuttle buses will take participants to the start point. The first bus leaves la Savina at 7.45am, Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc at 8.00am and es Cap/Cala Saona crossroads at 8.15am. Another bus will service the same stops two hours later (9.45am, 10.00am and 10.15am).

The final three-kilometre stretch of es Cap road will be closed to vehicle traffic for thirty minutes from 9.00am and 11.00am to allow runners to pass. Participants will be on secondary arterials and country roads for the remainder of the event and no further traffic disruptions are planned.

 

April 25, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Walkers and runners: “De far a far” this Sunday

de-far-a-far premsa1On Sunday April 21, the CiF sports department and Grup Esportiu Espalmador will put on the sixth De far a far. Walkers will hit the road at 9.00am at the es Cap lighthouse and participants in the footrace set out from the same point two hours later. Both will cut a 26K path to the lighthouse in la Mola.

Shuttle buses will take participants to the starting point. Walkers can catch the bus at 7.45am in la Savina port, at 8.00am at Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc and 8.15am at the crossroads of the es Cap and Cala Saona roads. Bus service for runners begins in la Savina at 9.45am and makes stops at the fitness centre and the es Cap/Cala Saona crossroads at 10.00am and 10.15am.

Online signups are open until Friday April 19 on elitechip.net, or up to an hour before the start times at the elitechip table at the starting points. The footrace costs €20 and the walk €15. The final three kilometres of es Cap road will be closed to vehicle traffic from 9.00am to 9.30am and 11.00am to 11.30am. No other roads will be closed because the rest of the route plays out on side streets and dirt roads.

De far a far is part of the Council's programme of events to attract visitors at the beginning and end of the traditional summer season, and this year is included in Holy Week celebrations.

April 17, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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