Santa Cruz Extreme announces carbon footprint and reforestation initiative
The Fred Olsen Santa Cruz Extreme 2019 race on October 19th will contribute to the repopulation of the areas affected by fire on Gran Canaria.
The Mayor, Patricia Hernández said the race will be the first in the country where the carbon footprint that is generated will be calculated to compensate for it later with the reforestation of green spaces.
“Santa Cruz wants to put its grain of sand in the recovery of the forests and mountains of our sister island after the tragedy of this summer,” she said.
Councillor for the environment and responsible for the Anaga district, Florentino Guzmán Plasencia recalled that the event is considered the hardest mountain marathon in the Canary Islands “because it is pure slope” and has put in value that ‘Mountain for all’ allows the celebration of an inclusive challenge for people with reduced mobility.
Patricia Hernández said the calculation of the carbon footprint made the race the only one in the Canary Islands and the few in Spain that manages to be a carbon neutral event with future compensation through restocking.
She expressed the desire of “this corporation to collaborate with the Island Council of Gran Canaria to supervise and determine the most suitable way to cooperate in the reforestation of areas that were severely damaged by fire this summer, in the which is considered one of the worst fires in the recent history of our archipelago. ”
Florentino Guzmán Plasencia stressed that “the test has, above all, one objective: to promote sustainability in the Biosphere Reserve, as it runs through the main Anaga cores and trails. Its celebration aims to encourage the circular economy in the area and help alleviate the depopulation that affects the hamlets ”.
The presentation was also attended by sponsors and collaborators of the mountain race: Fred Olsen, Tourism of Tenerife and the Sports Area of ??the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Also Gesport, Seat Motor 7 Islands, Hotel Silken Atlántida, Coca Cola, Tuga, Intersport, Farline, Nutrisport, Bimbo, Canary Beer Company, Fast, Villar Signals and QRV.
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” and offers a marathon of 49 km, a half marathon of 26 km and another 15 km. This sporting event incorporated a new modality and thus this year the “II International Mountain Racing Championship 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.
Fred Olsen Santa Cruz Extreme will have runners from 24 different nationalities, from countries such as: Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Romania, South Africa, etc.
Participants include the presence of Pau Capell, a member of The North Face team, one of the best mountain runners in the world, and Canary Cristofer Clemente, of the Salomon Team and runner-up in the world in mountain races.
Among the women highlights last year’s winner of the Fred Olsen Santa Cruz Extreme, the great Canarian María José Guillén (Arista Pro Team), who will have the main rival to Tenerife Raquel Rivero Delgado, who treasures the merit of having made a podium in the Ultras Spanish Championship
Registration to participate must be formalized on the website www.santacruzex-treme.com before October 14. So far there are 700 participants registered, althou-gh Anaga’s environmental protection cannot exceed one thousand runners.