Santa Cruz Extreme shows its environmental concerns
The Santa Cruz Extreme test, which will be held on October 19th, incorporates this year the calculation of the carbon footprint for the first time to reinforce the criteria of sustainability and environmental conservation of the race.
This has been confirmed by Florentino Guzmán Plasencia, councillor for security, mobility and environment of the city council, who stressed that “all sports practice developed in the natural environment must be carried out with respect to the environment and the local population that inhabit and enjoy it ”as is the case of the Anaga Massif Biosphere Reserve.
The calculation of the carbon footprint of the Santa Cruz Extreme sports event will be the first step “to its future compensation through a repopulation, thus making it a carbon neutral event,” added the councillor. AGRESTA S. Coop., a national environ-mental consultancy based in Santa Cruz, will carry out the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the organisation of the race, as well as by its participants. Thus, the consumption of electricity, paper, gas, air conditioning and water, as well as transport and accommodation, will be taken into account for this calculation.
Santa Cruz Extreme has been and is a sporting event that assumes as its own all the principles of the “Guide of good practices for the development of mountain races in protected natural areas” edited by the FEDME and EUROPARC and contemplates, among other measures, the signage without paint, plaster or lime, and only with temporary beacons that are removed immediately after the end of the test; the promotion of collective public transport for the transfer of participants, selective separa-tion of waste both at the finish line and in the supplies, through suitable containers to facilitate their collection and the prohibition of dumping liquid or solid waste out of the points destined for this purpose, being able to be disqualified any participant who breaches this precept.
Also, the runners are offered reused portable water acce-ssible by means of drums intended for each participant to fill their own container (glass, bottle or water bag). Glasses and bottles are not provided to participants and refreshments with unpackaged food and peeled fruit, and with the use of cutlery and cardboard plates. All this, says Florentino Guzmán Plasencia, with the objective of “consolidating the environ-mental commitment at the local and island level but also globally, taking measures aimed at the fight against climate change”.
The Santa Cruz Extreme in the Anaga Rural Park already exceeds 600 registered. This mountain test has different distances that allow a varied offer to lovers of this discipline. Its offer starts from a marathon of 49 km, a half marathon of 26 km and another of 15 km. This sporting event incorporated a new modality and thus this year the “II International Mountain Racing Cham-pionship with Joëlette” will be held, in a 9 km course that will start from the Los Catalanes farmhouse, a challenge in teams of four people, three crew members and their passenger with reduced mobility.