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Emilio Martín in search of his fourth victory in the Doñana Challenge

Record of participation with 428 triathletes

El Doñana Challenge, which will celebrate its tenth edition on Saturday, September 21 in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), has increased its participation with respect to the previous edition by 1,6%.

At the close of registration, the total participation in 2019 will be 428 athletes among all modalities - for 421 of the 2018 edition -, assuming a participation record in all editions held to date.

Regarding the distribution by sex, it is still highly male, with 96% of the male participants and 4% female. The participation of federated athletes slightly increases its percentage this year, reaching 57,7% of athletes, figures similar to 2017, which fell slightly in 2018. One fact to keep in mind is that of the women who participate, 76,47 % are federated.

Another noteworthy fact is the age range of triathletes - both men and women - since almost 60% of the participants are over 40, counting on a participation of more than 10% of the athletes who overcome the barrier of 50 years.

Regarding the origin, and taking into account the individual modality and the years 2014-2018, the percentage of athletes from outside Andalusia decreased slightly (15,55%), breaking the growing trend of the last two years, although well above 9% of the first editions.

It is therefore intuited that the increase in participation in this edition comes from Andalusian athletes, with representation in this edition of triathletes from the eight Andalusian provinces.

On the rest of participants, and as in previous editions, the origin is very diverse. A total of 22 Spanish provinces will be represented in the tenth edition of the Doñana Challenge and there will also be an international presence, with Portuguese and French athletes.

Featured Triathletes

El Doñana Challenge is anniversary, reaches the tenth edition, and the organization has wanted it to be a very special edition, as witnessed by the outstanding participation that will take place next 21 September 2019 at the starting line in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and other commemorative events that will take place in the days prior to the test.

Some of the winners of the previous nine editions have confirmed their presence, such as the duathlon world champion, the Huelva-born Emilio Martín, who will search his land in Cádiz for fourth consecutive win in the competition.

La Mancha will also be present Alba Reguillo, winner in 2017 in the female category.

Other triathletes who can say they have won the Doñana Challenge are the Portuguese Lino Barruncho, winner of the second edition in 2010, and Sevillian Basilio Polvillo, who won the victory in 2013.

In addition to those previously mentioned, the presence of the Catalan FastTriatlon triathlete should also be highlighted, Amaury Dehez; and the Sevillian Samer Ali-Saad, winner on several occasions of the Andalusian Triathlon Circuit and more than one hundred individual victories in his extensive track record.

Other outstanding triathletes who will participate will be the Asturian Laura Álvarez Bedía, 3rd classified in 2018; the malagueña Marta Lopez, 2nd classified in the 2017 edition; the gaditano Salvador Gil, 2nd place in 2018; and the onubense Juan Bautista Castilla 'Chamba', among others.

Pass of escorts

The organization of the test, as in previous years, offers the possibility that the family and companions that they so wish they can be closer to the athletes during the day of the competition, thanks to the Companions Pass, with a series of benefits

. To acquire the companion pass you must fill out the form on the Doñana Challenge website: www.desafiodonana.com/pase-acompanantes

Mini Doñana Challenge

This edition of the Doñana Challenge will once again feature its own promotional test, the 'Mini Challenge ', to be held on the seafront and the Bajo Guía beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, on Friday, September 20, from 17.00:XNUMX p.m., one day before the absolute test.

The registration period to participate in the Doñana Mini Challenge will end on Wednesday, September 18 or when the 300 registered participants.

Trophy will be awarded to the top three men and women classified in each category; to the best male and female store by category; to the club or school with greater local participation; and to the club with greater participation.

Registrations are only made online on the website of the Andalusian Triathlon Federation and are free for all athletes who are interested in participating:

inscriptions.triatlonandalucia.org/es/evento/acuatlon-de-menores-mini-desafio-donana.

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