The vice president of the Andalusian Government and Minister of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration, Juan Marín, attended yesterday in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) the presentation of the X Doñana Challenge and to the act of tribute to athletes, institutions, volunteers, clubs and sponsoring companies that have participated in or collaborated in the competition in the previous nine editions.
Juan Marín, who was accompanied by the mayor of Sanlúcar, Víctor Mora, and the general director of Sports Promotion, Healthy Habits and Sports Fabric, María de Nova, highlighted the consolidation of a test "that represents the tourism-sport pairing like no one else, impacting on the economy of Sanlúcar and the towns around it, and that celebrates ten editions, reason why it is to congratulate, in addition, in my case, that I have practically seen it be born ”.
The vice president of the Andalusian Government did not want to pass the opportunity to congratulate the workers of the Public Company for the Management of Tourism and Sport, those of the Sports Board of Sanlúcar and the volunteers of the test, “true architects of these ten years and without which the Doñana Challenge it would not have been possible ”.
The act of homage was very emotional and plates were given to some of the winners of the previous editions, like Emilio Martín, Alba Reguillo, Lino Barruncho and Basilio Polvillo, the triathlete ambassador of the event, Juan Bautista Castilla 'Chamba'; to the technical director of all editions, the former Olympic triathlete José María Merchán, to the municipalities that collaborate in the test, clubs and groups that participate, as volunteers, sponsoring companies, the Andalusian Triathlon Federation, the Civil Guard, the Red Cross and Space Natural Doñana.
A different triathlon
El Doñana Challenge is a triathlon different from the rest. First, by the odifferent tests than usual, starting with cycling, followed by swimming and running. Second, because the tour is changing, from year to year and within the development of the test itself, due to river currents and tides.
In fact, both the date of the event and the time of departure are conditioned by the coefficients and the tidal hours of the month of September.
But without a doubt, the main characteristic of this event is the privileged environment by which it develops. Run down the virgin beach of the Doñana National Park It is an experience that is not within the reach of other sports events. 30 kilometers of nature, water and sand against the physical and mental resistance of the triathlete is the culmination of the competition.
Sneutralized alida of the test will start at 10.30 am,
The cyclist squad will run for several kilometers until the official start of the race, in which 100 kilometers will be completed, passing through Trebujena, Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, Rota, Chipiona and Sanlúcar de Barrameda again .
The estimated arrival of the first cyclists and the departure of the swimming segment in the transition zone will be from 13.00:XNUMX p.m.
1 kilometer to swim across the Guadalquivir River to Punta de Malandar.
Once the bicycle section is finished, participants must cross the mouth and swim 1 kilometer and swim across the Guadalquivir River to Punta de Malandar.
The complexity of this test lies in the tides, which can cause some participants to get out of the water away from the transition zone. The estimated arrival of the first swimmers and departure of the race segment at Punta de Malandar is at 13.15.
The foot race runs along the virgin beach of Doñana,
a straight line of 15 kilometers - round trip to complete the 30 kilometers of this segment - with dunes, sand and vegetation on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
The runners will start at around 13.15:15.00 and the estimated arrival of the first athletes to Punta de Malandar is around XNUMX:XNUMX, after more than four hours of competition.
10 years of the Doñana Challenge
The Doñana Challenge, which will celebrate its tenth edition this Saturday, September 21, has increased its participation compared to the previous edition by 1,6%.
A total of 428 athletes among all modalities - for 421 of the 2018 edition - have registered in the test, assuming a new participation record.
Tomorrow, Friday afternoon, a new edition of the Mini Challenge will be held, the Aquatlón for minors of the Doñana Challenge on the beach of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and which will bring together more than 200 boys and girls in a spectacular sport promotion event.
In the tenth edition of the Doñana Challenge, some of the winners of the previous nine editions will participate, such as the duathlon world champion, from Huelva Emilio Martín, who will try to achieve his fourth consecutive victory in the competition.
La Mancha will also be present Alba Reguillo, winner in 2017 in the female category; the portuguese Lino Barruncho, winner of the second edition in 2010; and the Sevillian Basil Dust, who won the victory in 2013.
Also noteworthy is the presence of the Catalan FastTriatlon triathlete, Amaury Dehez; Sevillian Samer Ali-Saad, with more than one hundred individual victories in his extensive track record; Asturian Laura Álvarez Bedía, 3rd classified in 2018; Cadiz Salvador Gil, 2nd classified in 2018; and the Huelva-born Juan Bautista Castilla 'Chamba', among others.
The act also had the presence of the territorial delegate Education and Sport in Cádiz, Manuel Andreu; the president of the Andalusian Triathlon Federation, Pablo Castilla; and the Sports delegates of the City Councils of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Almonte, Francisco Javier San Nicolás and Iván Hernández, respectively.
The test is organized by the Ministry of Education and Sport, through the Public Company for the Management of Tourism and Sports in Andalusia, with the support of the Andalusian Triathlon Federation, and with the collaboration of the municipalities of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Trebujena, Jerez, El Puerto de Santa María, Rota and Chipiona and the Doñana Natural Space and are sponsored by the firms Vodafone, Infisport, Powerade, Cruzcampo Radler, Acquajet and GM Technology.
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