By Cathy Elelman • 06 March 2020 • 15:18
ATTRACTION: The Diputacion Sports deputy said the events appeal to visitors to the province looking for outdoor pursuits
CREDIT: Diputacion de Almeria
THE venues for this year’s provincial mountain race cups have been revealed.
The 2020 ‘Copa de Carreras por Montaña’ and the ‘Copa de Travesias Populares’ will be staged in Lucainena de las Torres, Seron, Gador, Alhama de Almeria, Sierro, Gergal, Canjayar, Macael, Tahal and Dalias.
The first events in what will be the fourth year of the cups will be on Saturday March 15 in Seron and in Lucainena, and the competitions will wind up on November 8 in the Gador sierra.
Last year more than 2,600 people took part in the races, which are promoted by the Diputacion de Almeria’s Sports department in collaboration with the Andalucia Mountaineering Federation.
Speaking at this week’s presentation of the cups, provincial Sports deputy Maria Luisa Cruz commented that the events give the runners “the opportunity to enjoy open-air sport in the province’s spectacular natural landscapes.”
The deputy also said the Diputacion is keen to see this kind of mountaineering help get all ages interested in sport. She also pointed out that the events serve as an opportunity for local councils to offer interesting activities to local residents and to visitors who come to the province looking for outdoor pursuits.
Andalucia Mountaineering Federation President Emilio Martinez said the competitions attract increasingly more interest every year and a growing number of municipalities wanting to host the events.
He thanked the provincial government and the participating local authorities for their support, and for helping to make mountaineering an increasingly more popular pastime in Almeria.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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