Massive crowd and entry expected for popular cross-country race
On May 19th, there will be an unmissable event in La Orotava with the celebration of the Cross Mª Auxiliadora which is celebrating its XLII edition.
It is one of the most popular sporting events and is much anticipated by runners and thousands of people who enjoy this activity every year.
The event is the oldest of the archipelago and one of the oldest in Spain and has characteristics that set it apart from the rest, including the fact that the whole family can participate, from chil-dren of one year to people over 80.
Thus, every May, athletes, fans and students from different schools of the island, have an appointment date in this northern municipality. Some 1,600 runners participated last year and this year it is hoped to reach 2,000.
This important event, organised by Colegio Sale-siano-San Isidro, was presented by the Mayor, Francisco Linares; sports councillor, Eduardo Rodrí-guez; the titular director of the Salesianos-San Isidro de La Orotava School, Abel Medina; the director Mari Luz Orta, and the general coordinator of the fiesta, Francisco J. Cruz Casañas.
One of the main novelties of this edition is that a representative trophy has been designed for the test, which, like the poster, refers to the main elements of the race, as detailed by the artist of both, Isidro Portocarrero, also linked to the Salesianos School of La Orotava, and who was present at the presentation ceremony.
Men and women can participate in all categories in order to make the race more equal. This year, athletes with reduced mobility will also be able to take part.
Registrations can be made until May 16th (until 8pm), online through the cross-mariaauxiliadora.com, or directly at the Salesianos school and in the Intersport store of C. C. El Trompo.
Sr. Linares congratulated all the members of the organisation for maintaining and consolidating this unique social, cultural and sporting event, and assured that on May 19th there will be an authentic sporting event in the Villa, “because it is a singular, special and unique.”
The Mayor appreciated the support they receive from public institutions, ensuring that they will always have the support of the local institution, and also highlighted the support of numerous local companies, who contribute their grain of sand.
The test has 13 categories. The first race will be the one for children (Párvulos A) that will be over 400 metres. The categories will then continue until closing with the parti-cipation of senior and veterans. In this last category, partici-pating men and women must travel ten kilometre. The 10-kilometre finish of all the races will take place at the door of the Salesianos School. The rest of the distances and their departures will be in different points of the municipality: Nicandro González Borges street, Viera, Tomás Zerolo, La Playita, the Tafuriaste barran-co, the Church and the La Luz barranco.
It has about 130 trophies. The organisation will give a trophy to the first three classified in each category, plus a shirt and a diploma to all participants. The diplomas will be collected in the Plaza Franchy Alfaro as well as the trophies once the last test ends. Cash prizes will also be given to the top finishers in the 10 and 5km categories. Local products offered by the diffe-rent commercial houses will be distributed.
Some 200 volunteers colla-borate in the organisation and the Cecopal team will control the development of the event from the point of view of safety. For this day there will be more than 100 local police and civil protection agents.