Sign up for the Torrevieja Half Marathon

Get fit in 2017

If you’re looking for a goal to achieve after the excesses of the festive period why not sign up for Torrevieja’s half marathon or its 10K run? This is the 34th time the run has taken place and it continues to be a popular event in Torrevieja’s calendar. The race will take place on 26th February 2017 and starts at 10am.

Those who want to go the full distance and run the half marathon of 21Kdo two laps of the course. It extends all the way from Cala del Gambote at the northern point of the town, down to past the Muelle de la Sal in the south. As the organisers point out, it’s a good way to get to know a little more about your local town. If not perhaps the easiest.

Those who opt for the 10K only have one lap to do. It’s a good run as there are few hills and, in most years, the weather has been kind to participants. There are regular water stops on the way which are staffed by volunteers.

Registration takes place in the port area and the event has been well organised in the past. It is a competitive race rather than a fun run and many people take it very seriously. However, people of all different nationalities and levels of fitness take part including a few in fancy dress.

If you show your runner’s number then you will also receive a discount of €1 from your parking fee if you park by the port.At the end of the race you are given a snack and refreshments to help bring your energy levels back up to normal.

Your registration fee includes civil liability and accident insurance and first aid facilities line the route. There is usually a good turn out from local people to cheer the runners on, even those bringing up the rear.

The results are published on the website and all the runners will be sent an email with their results. You can also see the pictures of runners as they cross the finishing line on the website.

There are different categories for the prizes including veteran groups and trophies are given to the top three athletes in each category witheveryone getting a commemorative medal and goody bag for taking part.

You can register up to the 23rd February but pay more the later you leave it. Until the 24th January the cost of registration for the half marathon is €18. Following this date you will pay €22. The 10K is slightly cheaper at €13 until the 24th January and €16 until the 23rd February. You register online and can pay directly online too. Once the transaction has been made you will receive a justificante de inscripción which you should bring to the event.

It’s easy to sign up as the website has an English version and there is a Facebook page too. If you‘like’ this, you will be kept up-to-date as the event approaches. It’s a good opportunity to blow away the cobwebs whether you are participating or simply there to offer your support.

Suzanne O’Connell