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Road closures this Saturday for Half-Marathon

This Saturday 14 May, the following road closures will occur due to the 13th Formentera Half-Marathon:
• PM – 820 (Avinguda de la Mola) from Can Blaiet restaurant to La Mola lighthouse [2.00pm to 6.00pm]
• PM – 820 from Sant Ferran to La Mola [4.00pm to 7.00pm]
• PM – 820 – 2 from Sant Ferran to La Savina via Es Pujols [4.30pm to 8.00pm]

12 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

More than 3,700 athletes gather for Formentera Half Marathon and 8K run this Saturday

foto 2022 mitja maraToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera; Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, and Paula Ferrer, Councillor of Sports, presented the 13th Half Marathon of Formentera and the ninth 8K run from Sant Ferran to La Savina, both of which will take place Saturday 14 May. More than 3,700 athletes from various countries and cities in Spain have signed up to take part in the trials. The presentation was also attended by Manual Hernández, director of Unisport Consulting, which organises the two events; Nuria de la Torre, director of marketing at Trasmapi, and Gaelle Ledour, chief of the Eivissa-Formentera division of Caixabank. Trasmapi and Caixabank are the two main sponsors of the races.

President Juan insisted that Formentera was "ready and excited to receive the biggest trial on the island's extensive spring sports calendar". She also highlighted changes at this year's starting line: "As an event, the Half Marathon about enjoying sport and this special ecosystem that is Formentera, and it is important for everyone that the event be respectful of the environment. So this year, to respect the habitat of the virot [Puffinus mauretanicus], the entertainment tent has been moved from the starting line in La Mola; and also, like last year, no single-use plastics will be used at the event".

Vice President Ferrer underscored "the attractiveness of this competition that, apart from giving participants a way to tour the island from tip to tip, provides them and their companions with a chance to enjoy Formentera, and our nature, culture and gastronomy, in the month of May".

Formentera's spring of sport

For her part, Paula Ferrer said she was "very satisfied because the island is showing that we can host globally relevant events in an array of sports like sailing, judo, chess, cycling and athletics. Taken together, the various functions draw upwards of six thousand people to the island". The Councillor of Sports additionally praised "the work of volunteers, security forces, civil protection and medical workers that make this competition possible".

Lastly, Manuel Hernández stressed that "the race has again practically covered its quota of participants, another sign of its relevance and consolidation on the national and international calendar".

Saving 22,500 plastic bottles

As in 2021, whenever they wish, participants will be able to fill a reusable water bottle delivered at the finish line with water or soft drinks. The containers can be filled at the various refreshment points throughout the race. This will save up to 22,500 plastic bottles in one day.

Ecopilas will be back as well to encourage people to recycle batteries and, this year, in collaboration with the Consell de Formentera and Balearic Government, awareness activities will focus on teaching island pupils about the importance of recycling a highly polluting material.

The two races will start at 5.30pm: the Half Marathon, as usual, at La Mola lighthouse, and the 8K run in Sant Ferran.

11 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera and tennis club partner on activities at municipal tennis school

Today Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Jorge Jiménez, President of Illa de Formentera Tennis Club, signed a collaboration agreement whereby municipal government will give the club €40,000 so technically trained staff can oversee activities the municipal tennis school. Paula Ferrer, Councillor of Sports, was also present at the signing. The appointed coaches must perform the activities according to the schedule established by management of the municipal tennis school in conjunction with the Formentera Office of Sports.

5 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hosts island councils for Sports Coordination Conference

foto 2022 jornades coordinacio esportiva AToday Paula Ferrer, Councillor of Sports of the Consell de Formentera, welcomed representatives of neighbouring island councils to the Sports Coordination Conference, a two-day event continues tomorrow at the Nautical Sports Centre of Formentera. The purpose of these conferences, said Councillor Ferrer, is to enhance coordination between the different island administrations. She also emphasised the importance of "sharing information about initiatives under way, taking into account the peculiarities of each island, with the ultimate goal of providing a better service to citizens and our athletes".

Nearly 1,300 participants in sporting events in April alone

One point of discussion at this conference is local sports fixtures, which are about sports and tourism alike. In the presentation, Councillor Ferrer said that seven April sporting events co-sponsored by the Consell ran the gamut from athletics (FART and Charity Race) and cycling (Road Cycling Trophy and Volta Cicloturista) to judo (Easter Week stage) and windsurfing (national Catalan catamaran championship and the Ophiusa Regatta), with about 1,300 participants and companions.

The Sports Coordination Conference will deal with other topics, too, like municipal sports management, the importance of sports service companies and elite clubs, and school sports.

26 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

More than 600 participants in the Formentera All Round Trail

foto 2022 fartThe eleventh Formentera All Round Trail (FART) will take place tomorrow Saturday 2 April and include the usual three circuits: the 72K FART, the 42K Half Round Formentera Trail and the 21K Tros de FART. A total of 618 participants have registered for the Consell de Formentera-, Son Marçal Supporters' Club- and Elitechip SL-sponsored event.

The FART route follows the Formentera coastline, with participants setting out from the port of La Savina at 9.00am and finishing in the same location. At 11.30am, runners in the Half Round Formentera Trail will start at Es Arenals beach and continue to the port. This year's Tros de FART will take place Saturday, at 4.30pm, with runners covering the distance between Es Caló and La Savina. This change was motivated by the fact that there will be more hours of daylight so runners' arrival times can be at staggered throughout the afternoon. The FART can also be done in relay pairs.

April, a month full of sporting events

Paula Ferrer, Councillor of Sports, stressed that the FART is "one of the foremost events on the island's calendar of sporting events; it embodies the spirit of participatory sport, with participants enjoying the event, the island and being respectful of the environment". This April, "sport is in the air", Ferrer insisted, with the island set to host the FART, the Volta Cicloturista (9 and 10 April), the 19th Regata Ophiusa (14 and 16 April) and the Spanish championship of Catalan catamaran (14 to 17 April).

In the word's of Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, "The FART and other April sporting and cultural events are part of the Consell de Formentera's impulse to offer a healthy alternative to recreational and leisure activities. These functions are committed to the environment and to stretching out the tourist season at an ideal time of year to enjoy the quieter Formentera".

Participants in the FART are required to know and abide by certain rules, since part of the run takes place inside protected areas, which will be appropriately marked. In these zones, among other restrictions, participants must not use any sound devices that produce strident noises, nor may they deviate from the signalled route, shout or make other loud noises.

Organisers will set up five refreshment stations along the FART, three on the Half Round Trail and one on the Tros de FART.

1 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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