Tribute to the Home of Ferro

About 40 athletes gather to dismiss the national test that had to be canceled

Around 40 Pitiusan athletes gathered yesterday on the Figueretes promenade to bury the Home de Ferro, a national triathlon event that was canceled for economic reasons and lack of permits. The tribute was the same day that the national title should have been disputed. Nostalgia for past times presided over an event promoted by triathletes David Pérez and José Luis Gambacorta.

The meeting also had a certain vindictive component. There were no shouts of protest or banners of complaint, but the mere presence of a large group of people, including several members of the organization of the competition, is already a message of protest: this situation cannot be repeated.


Because the Home de Ferro has not been the only test affected by the bureaucracy. Last week the Semimarató, promoted by the Pitiús Athletics Club, could not develop when it came face to face with the refusal of Traffic to allow athletes to run on the Sant Josep road. Some defied the ban and completed the 21 kilometers originally planned.

Yesterday's sports meeting was something similar. At 8 o'clock in the morning, a fortnight of triathletes jumped into a rough sea and completed 1,5 kilometers of swimming, observed by a local policeman from Vila from the firm ground of the Paseo de ses Figueretes.

The number of athletes increased to 25 in the bicycle sector, which started at nine. The route was as planned: Figueretes, Can Cifre, Es Cubells detour and Cala d´Hort (round trip). On the last track, on the foot race, the group grew to almost 40 people. They jogged around the promenade. They were the last steps of the Home de Ferro.


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