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Island welcomes 350 participants of this weekend’s Formentera All Round Trail

foto 2021 FART BSet to take place this weekend, the tenth Formentera All Round Trail has contestants are gearing up for three races: the 72km “Fart”, the 42km “Half Fart” run Saturday and the 21km “Tros de Fart” on Sunday. The events are presented by Consell de Formentera, Grup Esportiu Espalmador, Penya Esportiva Són Marçal and Elitechip, and will draw nearly 350 athletes.

On Saturday 15 May, participants in the Fart will set out from La Savina harbour and circle the entire island before finishing where they began. Runners in the Half Fart will leave Platja des Arenals and do half of the same route. Exceptionally, the 2021 Tros de Fart will be held a day later, on Sunday 16 May, with participants starting in Es Caló and finishing at Port de la Savina. All three races begin at 9.00am. Remember: the Formentera All Round Trail can also be done in relay pairs.

Respect for the environment
The Consell reminds participants that running in the environmentally-friendly event means following certain rules, since part of Fart takes place in protected areas. In such areas, (which organisers say will be duly marked with signage) noise-makers and shouting is prohibitted and runners are to stay on the established path and use only rubber-tipped running sticks.

Runners must also refrain from littering, including containers and wrappers. Gels and energy bars must be marked with individual bib numbers, and runners who leave discarded items along the route face penalisation. There will be five refreshment stations on the Fart trail, three on the Half trail and one on the Tros de Fart.


13 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Partnership with GE Espalmador

foto 2021 conveni GEEConsell de Formentera chief Alejandra Ferrer and Grup Esportiu Espalmador president Juan José Escandell signed a deal earlier today to support activities and events organisation and promotion at the municipal athletics camp (Escola Municipal d’Atletisme de Formentera, EMAF) in 2021. Deputy chief Ana Juan and GEE rep Jesus Ferrer were present as well.

Under the arrangement, €24,000 goes to hiring staff to oversee EMAF activities and another €12,000 goes to the planning, organization and implementation of various local sporting events.

5 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Women’s Charity Walk-Run to take place 30 May

foto 2021 carrera solidariaThe seventh Women’s Charity Walk-Run (Cursa Solidària per a la Dona) will be held on 30 May on a single 8km route from Sant Francesc to Can Marroig and back again. Runners will set out from the Plaça de la Constitució at 9.00am, while the start of the walk is set for 10.45am.

The €10 registration fee can be paid by credit card at the front desk of Antoni Blanc Sports Centre during normal hours. Registration dues include a T-shirt and bib number (dorsal), which must be worn during the race. Participation in each event is capped at 150, but individuals can also contribute by purchasing a dorsal solidari. All proceeds go to the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC).

4 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Newly renovated pool reopens Wednesday with activities

foto 2021 piscina AThe Formentera Department of Sport reports that the municipal pool will reopen Wednesday after upgrades were carried out on the facility’s air-conditioning system and waterproofing. Since January, crews have installed a replacement dehumidifier and performed maintenance and waterproofing on the roof, not to mention upgraded changing rooms and instructor spaces, installed energy-saving bulbs in indoor lighting fixtures, repaired the pool bassin, installed new pipes in the boiler room and done general upkeep like painting and cleaning.

One of the primary tasks was replacement of the dehumidifier — a machine that was originally installed fifteen years ago when the pool was still covered, and which had reached the end of its useful life. Installation of the €102,850 replacement machine concluded an administrative process that had started last year and which was blocked for a time by the invocation of emergency orders.

Deputy premiere and temporary FDS chair Ana Juan welcomed news of the completion and apologised to islanders for the wait. The process hasn’t been easy, she insisted. Work suffered setbacks and snags, Juan said, some related to the pandemic, some not. And crews took the opportunity to do other repairs and maintenance in changing rooms and common areas. Juan told islanders to expect “a safer and newly improved indoor pool” and hailed the return of supervised activities, on hold since the start of the pandemic.

Return of supervised activities
Suspended since the onset of the pandemic, supervised activities like aquafitness and gentle gymnastics are also back on the agenda. Appointments and visits can be scheduled from tomorrow by calling 971 321 240.

As per safety protocol now in place, free swims will last forty-five minutes, showers can be used for fifteen minutes, and changing room lockers will remain off limits. Pool equipment may be used and once used, it must be disinfected. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied and visitors may only remove their masks to exercise.

 
3 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell extends grace period on seaside kitesurfing till 15 May

foto 2021 kitesurfThe Formentera Department of Environment has issued a decree setting 15 May as the date the currently suspended kitesurfing ban will be reinstated at Formentera beaches. The ban, which applies to the shoreline and swimming areas, 200 metres from shoreline to sea and 50 metres from shoreline inland, typically takes effect 1 May.

FDE chair Antonio J Sanz explained that, with Covid-19 assuring a slow trickle of beachgoers and following a request from the local kitesurfers’ group to elongate the grace period, the Consell deemed it provided kitesurfing rules are respected. Sanz held up islanders’ growing enthusiasm for the sport in recent times, pointing to Formentera’s October 2020 hosting of Fórmula Kite Spain.

Local government is currently looking at ways to retool the municipal bylaw and define particular areas of the coastline for distinct seasonal activities so kitesurfers and beachgoers can share the seaboard.

1 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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