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Santa Cruz thrilled by success of VI International Marathon 

Santa Cruz became the athletic capital of Tenerife as the International Marathon took to the streets.

The Mayor, Patricia Hernández kicked off the historic event that gave citizens a new opportunity for outdoor sports and leisure in the city.
Saturday November 9th saw the celebration of the VI International Marathon Santa Cruz de Tenerife Naviera Armas that culminated in the presentation of trophies.
The Mayor, accompanied by sports councillor, Elena Mateo sounded the off for the different modalities of the urban race and was “fascinated” by what was her first marathon during her tenure.
More than 4,000 people competed in the three distances, the eight-kilometre being the most popular of them all with about 900 women among its 2,270 participants.
Patricia Hernández said she was very “satisfied” by the increase in the number of women who took part, an aim of the new council for not just the marathon but all sporting disciplines.
“I am very satisfied with the important increase in women who have participated in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife International Marathon, but it is still insufficient and has to continue growing in the coming years,” she pledged.
This edition the Marathon Santa Cruz de Tenerife was decorated in purple to honour the more than 1,200 registered runners and encourage the participation of women to reach 50 per cent in future editions.
The people who disputed the test came from several points of the archipelago and the country. About 2,500 athletes from Tenerife and another 1,300 from the rest of the islands and the peninsular territory were registered. In the competition there was also representation of 50 nationalities of several continents among its participants.
Patricia Hernández thanked everyone for their contribution to the good development of the event whose celebration had to be advanced from Sunday to Saturday on the occasion of the election day.
“Thank you all for all the patience you have shown by the changes in traffic undertaken to ensure the safety of the race and thereby allow Santa Cruz de Tenerife to return to a unique place in the celebration of mass sporting events such as this Marathon, ” she said.
Onw of the advantages of this unique event is its coastal route which facilitated the achievement of good records in both experienced and new athletes.
The day was completed with parallel dynamic activities and a wide range of recreational and sports activities designed to attract all members of the family and especially children.
The event was broadcast live and in high definition by RadioTelevisión Canaria with the support of a drone that filmed the most spectacular details and images. In addition, the development of the test could be followed from anywhere in the world through the chain’s website.
Likewise, an important number of national and foreign media were accredited to cover the event. Some of the participants travelled to the island to publish their own experience running in the Marathon in the specialised pages.
The Santa Cruz de Tenerife International Mara-thon promotes the values of athletics, healthy activities and their practise in an environment of unbeatable conditions, as well as showing the beauty of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to everyone.