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12th Illa de Formentera Half-marathon scheduled for 9 October

foto 2021 mitja maratoThe Formentera Departments of Tourism and Sport report that the twelfth editions of the island’s half-marathon (la Mitja Marató) and 8K fun run will be held 9 October. Consell de Formentera chief and tourism office chair Alejandra Ferrer said the FDS, the local business sector and political groups had all played a part in the decision.

Ferrer held that public health previsions were “better in October than May because we’ll be further along in the vaccination process” and highlighted early-season plans for “small-scale programming to pack extra punch into ‘Discover Formentera in May’”. She added that the 2021 campaign to promote pre- and post-season tourism would spill into June and that high-turnout events were being tentatively planned for season’s end.

President Ferrer applauded the loyalty of would-be Mitja Marató participants registered to run since May 2020. The rescheduled event will occur during a national bank holiday and long weekend, an opportunity to plug cultural and gastronomic programming as part of ‘Discover Formentera in October’, said the premiere, pointing up “additional perks for travellers who help us stretch out the season”.

Mitja Marató organisers have praised the schedule change as well as participants’ understanding, and are offering options like hassle-free automatic registration for the new 9 October date. Till 25 April, individuals who signed up to run on the original dates can also opt to postpone participation until May 2022, let someone else take their place, or, if cancellation insurance was contracted, get their money back. Registered athletes should watch their inboxes for a detailed explanation of options from www.unisportconsulting.com .

October, a full month of sport
Ana Juan, deputy premiere of local government and temporary chair of the sport department while Paula Ferrer is on maternity leave, underscored the implication of everyone involved in organising what she called the two “marquee national events”. Juan also underscored the FDS’s work to coordinate and organise sporting fixtures like the triathlon, “Marnató”, “Volta Cicloturista” and mountain-bike challenge in La Mola.

19 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell improves climate control and ventilation at pool with dehumidifier

foto 2021 obres piscina 1The Formentera Sport Department reports that upgrades currently under way and scheduled to continue in the weeks ahead at the municipal pool are aimed at optimising the fitness centre’s on-site climate control system. Crews will replace a dehumidifier installed when the pool was first fitted with a cover and which is today past its useful lifespan, as well as perform other improvements like fixing leaks and upgrade waterproofing over the covered portion of changing rooms and the boiler room.

Sports department chair Paula Ferrer said the previous dehumidifier’s operation at 50% capacity and associated condensation and temperature issues like stark differences in indoor air and water temperatures made its replacement essential. “We promised users of the sport centre that upgrades were on the way and now we’re taking the opportunity of reduced activity amid Covid-19 to make the switch”, explained Ferrer. Administrative formalities started last year were interrupted when emergency orders were declared. Today, with formalities complete, crews can begin installation of the €102,850 machine.

The decision was made to simultaneously repair the roof over the swimming pool’s changing areas and mechanical room, an operation which will cost €26,880 and consist in removing the current cover and replacing it with new equipment to better waterproof and isolate that portion of the facility. This week workers started taking apart and demolishing the faulty cover.

“A guaranteed-safe covered pool”

Apologising for the inconvenience the short-term closure would cause and insisting the pool would reopen as soon as operations were complete, Ferrer said that “all islanders, from the youngest of the young to the eldest of the elderly, will be able to enjoy a guaranteed-safe covered pool in the height of comfort”. Work is expected to be complete in three weeks.

Additional upkeep will include installing new LED lighting and water filters and performing maintenance work on the pool’s heating system.

28 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Classes at fitness centre go virtual

The Formentera Sport Department reports that from tomorrow 26 January, amid closure of Antoni Blanc sport centre as part of tier 4 public health restrictions, classes will be held on the ‘Esport a Casa a Formentera’ YouTube page. Classes will happen live and will be led by regular course instructors. Effective today, the Consell will also cease to collect course fees until face-to-face activities resume. Islanders with questions should contact poliesportiu@conselldeformentera.cat or telephone 971 32 12 40 from 8.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Friday.

See below for activities schedule.

25 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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As preventive public health measure, municipal sport schools push opening back to 1 February

In a bid to guarantee public health safety and curb Covid-19 cases on the island, the Formentera Sport Department reports that the start of municipal sports programmes has been rescheduled for 1 February.

From 12 January to 1 February, practice is prohibited for all but federated contact and fighting sportspeople aged 12 and up, and training sessions must take place in municipal facilities. Those islanders who do meet for practice are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and must respect safety protocol in place.

After contacting local sports clubs today to hammer out finer points of the decision, sport councillor Paula Ferrer described postponement as a way to guarantee a safe return to school and safeguard stable groups of children, remarking that “online learning is more suitable for over-12s”.

Activities should be staged outside municipal facilities whenever possible. As a public health safety measure changing rooms at Antoni Blanc fitness centre are closed and 30% capacity will be observed.

11 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

This Tuesday 8 December, 42nd John Tunks Memorial Mini-marathon features running and skating

cartell 2020 john tunksThis Tuesday 8 December, Grup Esportiu Espalmador will host the 42nd John Tunks Memorial Mini-marathon in association with the Consell de Formentera. The event will feature a 12K itinerary that participants can run or skate along with a 2.8K option for young ones, but covid-19 safety measures mean under-12 modalities typically held in the streets of Sant Francesc will have to wait. Contestants must wear a mask until the trial begins and put it on again when once they’ve crossed the finish line. The awards ceremony has also been temporarily suspended, with plans in place to offer winners their prizes as they arrive.

The 12K modality is full, but space is still available on the 2.8K circuit that sets out from Sant Ferran. Registration at this year’s event is free. Interested parties can sign up and get complete information about the competitions at www.elitechip.com or at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc until 10am the day of the function. Numbers will be handed out the same morning from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Start times:
10.30am—Skating, single category
11.00am—John Tunks Memorial 12K Mini-marathon
Approx. 11.40am—2,800m circuit with start in Sant Ferran

Traffic will be blocked from 10.30am to 1.00pm along two stretches of PM-820: from La Savina to Sant Francesc to the first Sant Ferran roundabout, and from La Savina to Es Pujols to Sant Ferran.

Participants from off the island are invited to use a free round-trip shuttle to get from Port de La Savina to the starting blocks in Sant Francesc.

4 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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