The XIV Triathlon King's Cup will gather more than a thousand athletes from a hundred teams and clubs from all over the country in the municipality of Pulpí. The deputy of Sports, Ángeles Martínez; the mayor, Juan Pedro García; the Sports Director of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, Felipe Gutiérrez; and the president of the Andalusian Triathlon Federation, José Manuel Merchán, presented this morning at a press conference this test that will take place from Saturday, at 15.00 hours, until Sunday at 13.00 hours.
The Pulpí Triathlon is now in its twenty-fifth edition and will do it in style, welcoming, once again, the Triathlon King's Cup and, on the other hand, the Spanish Acuatlon Championship. In this sense, the deputy of Sports has emphasized the importance that this sport is acquiring in the municipality and in the province of Almeria: "Pulpí is today a reference for the national triathlon and it is thanks to its commitment to this sport. Very few events reach this maturity and also do it in top form. Without a doubt, it is one of the most important events in the province, "he assured.
Ángeles Martínez highlighted the participatory dimension of a sport that is increasingly present in society and the contact it has with nature. "These tests become a great vehicle to promote the territory and this is where the Provincial Council is interested in promoting and collaborating the Pulpí Triathlon and other activities. We think that Almería has great possibilities for the development of sports in the natural environment, "he added.
For his part, the mayor of Pulpile has wanted to thank the commitment and commitment of the Provincial Institution for this sporting event. "I want to thank Diputación for continuing to bet on the sport and for the Triathlon of Pulpí, in these difficult times the Provincial Institution of Pulpí has maintained the grant that grants for the celebration of this event. I also want to thank the effort of AD Galián and how not to thank all the small businessmen and merchants of the municipality for collaborating and sponsoring this event and the members of Civil Protection and Local Police and all the volunteers who take this test.
Juan Pedro García has explained what are the reasons that lead the City Council to support the Pulpí Triathlon. "We have two goals: first to promote sport, which is something positive and beneficial for society in general and for young people; and, on the other hand, promote the beaches of Terreros and our town. We must bear in mind that during a weekend we are visited by athletes and their families from all over Spain who have the opportunity to visit the beaches and our municipality and then spread their charms, "he explained.
For his part, the Sports Director of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, Felipe Gutiérrez, stressed that the King's Cup of Triathlon was born in Almeria and that Pulpí will host the fourth time of this event - as it was in 2000, 2002 and 2007-. In this regard, he thanked Diputación, Ayuntamiento and AD Galián for believing in this event. "On Saturday, at the XIV Copa del Rey there will be a total of 100 departures - every two minutes - and the type of test is Team Time Trial; while on Sunday the Aquathlon Spanish Championship will be held in which there are more than 430 registered. Between the two there will be more than 1.000 participants, "he explained.
Finally, José María Merchán has "reiterated" the gratitude to the two institutions for maintaining their commitment to this elite event. "The one in Pulpí is one of the most important tests of the Spanish Federation. To say Triathlon is to say growth, enthusiasm and hope. It is one of the sports that is setting a trend and Pulpí has helped Triathlon a lot because it is an example at the participatory level because of the commitment of a town, a club and some institutions "
He also assured that "during this spectacular weekend" that will suppose an economic boost to the municipality, since it is estimated that the participants -to whom the companions add- will spend an average of 150 euros, will also be counted with the presence of an elite athlete such as María Pujol, which is the image of the promotional poster of the event.