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Nearly 3,000 register for Formentera Half-Marathon and 8K race on Saturday

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Earlier today Consell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer and Councillor of Sport Paula Ferrer unveiled details about the twelfth Formentera Half-Marathon and ninth 8K Sant Ferran-to-La Savina Fun Run set to unfold this Saturday 9 October. The two races will see nearly three thousand athletes of varying nationalities converge on the island, making the event the largest on Formentera's calendar of fitness fixtures. Also on hand at the press conference were Xisco Mateu, director of the regional Agència d'Estratègia Turística (AETIB); Manuel Hernández, director of organising group Unisport Consulting; Alex Marí, commercial director of Trasmapi, and Carles Verde, director of CaixaBank's commercial division in the Pine Islands, one of the premier sponsors of the races.

The kick-off for both trials has been set at 4.30pm: as is customary, the 21K Half-Marathon will start at La Mola lighthouse and the 8K run will begin in Sant Ferran, with registered participants numbering 1,750 for the former and 1,150 for the latter.

President Ferrer described the races, which were called off last year on account of the pandemic, as having "a special place in athletes' hearts". "Plus they're the perfect opportunity for participants and their companions to enjoy Formentera —our nature, beaches and gastronomic offer— in October."

October, sporting events aplenty

The Councillor of Sport gave praise to the organisers, forces of law and order, health workers and volunteers who make the events, which she described as "benchmarks in Spain and worldwide", possible. She also highlighted the other sporting events still on the docket like the Marnaton (16 October) and 6th Volta Cicloturista and 27th BTT La Mola (22–24 October) which together will draw some five thousand adepts of sport to Formentera's shores. Ferrer also apologised and asked for patience amid the attendant road closures that will intermittently block vehicle traffic.

Lastly, Unisport Consulting's Manuel Hernández marvelled at the scale of the event, for which few spots remain, and drew attention to the fact that early signups for next year's half-marathon already total 700.

Intermittent road closures

To ensure the safety of the participants, the following roads will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday 9 October:

·PM 820 (Avinguda de la Mola), between Can Blaiet restaurant and La Mola lighthouse [2.00pm to 5.30pm]
·PM 820, between Sant Ferran and La Mola [4.00pm to 7.00pm]
·PM 820-2, between Sant Ferran and La Savina by way of Es Pujols [3.00pm to 7.30pm]

6 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Flow dance and functional training classes for teens at Antoni Blanc sports centre

cartell 2021 flow danceFrom this week the Formentera Office of Sport invites youth aged 12 to 17 to take part in two new classes —“flow dance” and “hit”— at the Antoni Blanc sports centre.

Flow dance classes are built around contemporary choreographies and take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Hit classes, meanwhile, are geared toward offering participants functional training and are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6.15pm to 6.45pm.

The first session is for trial purposes only, but participants must still reserve a spot to attend. To register, call 971 32 12 40 or send an email to poliesportiu@conselldeformentera.cat.

5 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Record number of participants at 8th Formentera Triathlon

foto 2021 formen triatloConsell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer and Councillor of Sport Paula Ferrer presented details today about the eighth Formentera Triathlon, including the categories of Sprint and Olympic, set to take place this Saturday in Es Pujols. The race additionally doubles as the Balearic Olympic Triathlon Championship. Participants in the Sprint (750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run) will start at 2.15pm, while Olympic contenders (1,500 m swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run) will start at 4.00pm. There will be individual and team events in both modalities. Also on hand at the presentation were Xisco Mateu, manager of the Tourism Strategy Agency of the Balearic Islands (AETIB); Manuel Hernández, the director of organising entity Unisport Consulting, and Alex Marí, the commercial director of Trasmapi, the event’s main sponsor.

President Ferrer expressed satisfaction at being able to celebrate the Formentera Triathlon again after last year’s event was called off on account of the pandemic. “We’re thrilled to bring back a trial which, in eight years, has put down deep roots on the island”, said the president, adding, “May participants and accompanying friends and families enjoy Formentera in October, with all the programming it comes with”.

Nearly 340 registered participants, a record turnout

The chief of the Formentera Office of Sport highlighted a current participant count of 340 — “a record number of participants”, said Councillor Ferrer, who indicated registrations remained open at www.triatlonformentera.com. “The figures serve to motivate us to continue working to organise events and, above all, to spread the spirit and feeling of sport throughout the island”. Finally, the councillor praised “all the groups that have played a hand in the race’s evolution” and apologised for any inconveniences caused by traffic restrictions during the hours of the event.

And lastly, Manuel Hernández of Unisport Consulting underscored “Formentera’s commitment to sport and events like this and the Half-Marathon” —scheduled for 9 October— “which put the island on the map in terms of major fitness fixtures”. He also highlighted this year’s record turnout and pointed out that aspiring participants could continue to register until 30 September.

Road closures

For this Saturday’s race, from 1.30pm to 6.00pm, road closures will impact PM-820 from the cemetery turn-off to the Sant Ferran roundabout, as well as PM-820-2 from the Sant Ferran roundabout to the Es Pujols roundabout. Likewise, parking will be prohibited on Carrers S'Espalmador, S'Aigua Dolça and Punta Prima on Saturday 2 October between 8.00am and 8.00pm.

29 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Call for volunteers at Formentera Half Marathon

cartell 2021 voluntaries mitja maratoThe Formentera Office of Sport encourages islanders to come help out at the Formentera Half Marathon on 9 October. The race will be held Saturday afternoon and volunteers will man aid stations, hand out medals and provide assistance at the finish line. Interested parties can sign up at the Antoni Blanc Sports Centre between 8.00am and 9.30pm.

24 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Office of Sport brings back handbook of sports camps and clubs

cartell 2021 activatThis 2021/22, the second edition of the Formentera Office of Sport-produced “Activa't” not only offers islanders a round-up of camps focused on everything from archery and swimming to athletics, tennis and sailing, it functions as a one-stop source of information about Formentera’s 14 sports clubs and how to contact them. A thousand paper copies have been printed and are available at municipal sports facilities, while a digital version of the document can be found on the Consell de Formentera website and at Esports Formentera on Facebook.

13 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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