With the support of the Almeria Provincial Council, the municipalities of Seron and Olula del Ro, and with the consent of Government Delegation to organize the first edition 'RUNNING VIAVERDE'; included in the official calendar for competitions of Royal Spanish Athletics Federation.
The test will be conducted through the Valle del Almanzora railway section on October 24, with two distances, 24 km and 8 km. The 24 km long distance will begin at 09:00 from the Olula-Fines station. The 8 km short distance will begin at 10:30 from the Tijola station. The distances are very straight and level (300m total length), and will be competitive in nature. The first person to complete the general classification of 24km/8km (men/women), will be awarded a trophy and a Ham, as well as a batch of sausages and a class trophy.
A flying finish line, located a bit before Tijola's start (around km 15), is another novelty. The first person/woman to cross this point will receive a ham as a prize.
Seven categories are also established by age, plus one military category. All of these categories come with their respective trophies. The organization now has 108 podiums. As a prize, the Seron town hall will give a tracksuit to the first Seron premises in each of the distances. As a reward, all participants will receive a Finisher medal specially made for this test.
Although the 8-kilometre test is tough, it's also fun and festive. You can choose to walk or Nordic-walk it.
The RUNNING VIA VERDE event is much more than a sport event. Its organizers claim that they have tried to get all of the residents of the region involved in the event and spread the word throughout Spain. This is evident in the collaboration of 27 local companies.
The 'ALWAYS POSIBLE' Sport Club believes that the event should be a catalyst for the local economy. This includes tourism, hospitality, and local product shops.
The club also reached an agreement with ADOVIDA to work together to educate about the importance of donating blood plasma, organs and bone marrow. We hope to keep it going for many years. To do this, we made every effort to offer runners and their friends entertainment activities in parallel with the race. We have organized an Olula blood collection with ADOVIDA, the Almeria Blood Transfusion Center and others," they say.
The Casa Ibanez de Olula Museum will be open every morning and in the afternoon. On Saturday, 23rd of July, Los Camaleones Rock will perform at the Seron Station. Later, telescopes will be used to observe the sky. On Sunday 24, there will be film screenings at Seron Planetarium and organized visits to Seron Castle History Museum and Seron Castle. Also, the Spending Squad and Legion Brigade will exhibit, thus achieving civic/military Twinning with the Armed Forces of Almeria.
If his busy schedule permits, Pablo Saez Ramos, the current Mister Almeria 2021 Pablo Saez Ramos, is expected to also support this initiative.
The route will be shared by top-level athletes such as Ruben Delago Gil from Almeria. Current winner of La Legion La Africana's 50-kilometer edition, Spanish 100-kilometer champion, and member of Spanish 24H with a personal best of 240km on the track.
The organization explained that participants have made the most effort and are now a winner. Each participant will be given a bag with a Trail Running collapsible glasses and a technical shirt.
The raffle of donated gifts from the collaborating companies will take place at 1:30 pm. It includes batches of sausages, cheeses and shoulders, 2 passes for spas and a weekend in rural houses. The event was concluded with a meal of fellowship between participants, their families, volunteers, and all those who contributed to its success.
All the information is at www.runningviaverde.com