Puerto’s Half Night Marathon blends spectacular show and racing
A spectacular show and sport united in a hugely successful way for the second Half Night Marathon of Puerto de la Cruz.
More than 8,000 people enjoyed the event that brought together over 1,300 runners.
The group La Chalana got the atmosphere going at the starting arc of the three categories: 21km-Divina Pastora Seguros, 10km- Vitaldent Tenerife and 5km Costa Martiánez.
The “sports party” began at 4pm with the Race Fair. More than a dozen companies related to the sport, as well as associations, sponsors and companies of the Municipal Market, offered their products in tents arranged around the central square. All this complemented by cartoons, by Rafa Gámez, juggling, a free play service with ballooning, face painting and other activities.
At 6.30pm, one of the most anticipated moments began when 181 children between the ages of one and 15 participated in the second edition of Aqualia solidarity race in favour of Blue Vision, an association of children with autism. A non-competitive race, with distances of 300 to 900 metres, it oozed enthusiasm from the children and parents.
The fun continued in the second edition of the Half Marathon Night. Shortly after 7pm, the programme began with a masterclass of strongzumba in the Puerto Palace Gym, which encouraged the public to move their body to the rhythm of bachata, reggaeton and Latin rhythms.
Music from La Chalana, with images projected on a big screen, set the scene for the start of the main races.
Councillor for sport, Javier González hailed the “magical atmosphere” and spectacular setting by the sea and said records were smashed in all the categories.
All those involved in organising the Half Night Marathon were praised for their pofessionalism and were assured that the event will become a regular annual fixture in Puerto’s calendar.
Winners were Jonay González Alonso, Lucie Marsanova, Fran Cabrera Galindo, Delioma González, Ricardo Hernández Marrero and Laura Van Den Beucken.