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Courageous duo to tackle La Orotava night run 

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The seventh edition of the 8km Orotava-Divina Pastora Seguros, taking place on July 15th, will have the privilege of two great guests of honour.

José Manuel and Pablo Roás, father and son and candidates for the Princess of Asturias Award for Sports, are shining examples of determination against adversity.

José Manuel says he is the “legs” of his 18-year-old son who has suffered from birth with cerebral palsy and West syndrome, a severe epilepsy syndrome.

It all started when José Manuel’s wife suggested he went out for a run with Pablo. Initially, that seemed a strange idea but it changed their lives and the way they dealt with problems and suffering.

Since then, not only have they taken part in small and medium-sized races in their own environment, they have also crossed borders, in every sense, and participate in large marathons. Thus, since 2014 they have run and finished several marathons such as New York and also in cities such as Seville and Madrid.

José Manuel takes part in the races by pushing his son’s wheelchair.

Hailed for their heroism, strength and courage, they are candidates for the Princess of Asturias Awards due to be announced in June, followed by the presentation in Oviedo in October by the King.

The duo will be putting their abilities to the test again in La Orotava for the night race and organisers say they are honoured to have them not just in the municipality but in Tenerife.

“It will be a hard and complicated test to overcome, but surely they will do it with the strength of the numerous public that usually go to 8KM Orotava,” said a spokesman.