Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail outlines its environmental rules
Tenerife Cabildo is involving the municipalities in the organisation of Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail. Insular director of Sports, Laura Castro, organised a technical meeting in which representatives of the State security forces also participated to explain the news of the race, which this year marks its tenth anniversary.
Special attention has been paid to ensure that the route does not alter the national park space and among other measures, modifications of the routes are contemplated to meet the guidelines of the technicians and respect for the capacity of load of each one of the spaces through which the race crosses.
The Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail is the highest mountain race in Spain organised by the public company Ideco .
During the meeting attended by the CEO of Ideco, Carmen Sosa, details were given of the seven modalities that make up the test: the Ultra, 103 kilometres; the Trail, with a distance of 71 kilometres, which also has a relay mode; Marathon, 44; Media, which covers a distance of 20 kilometres; the Bluetrail Challenge for people with disabilities, which includes three distances of 8, 3.7 and 1.2 kilometres; and the new 3.1 kilometre vertical race that will take place in the municipality of Los Realejos.
A total of 197 kilometres of travel through seven municipalities to a maximum altitude of 3,555 metres, the participation of 3,000 runners of more than 40 nationalities and 250 volunteers are some of the data of this race that will be held on days 4 (vertical) and June 6. The test is also part of the Spanish Cup of Mountain Racing, the Skyrunner National Series 2020 and is included in the Alpinultras Circuit, the most technical and demanding in the country.
Another of the highlights in the meeting has been the commitment to the sustainability of Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail for a decade. To its already well-known attractions, such as the fact that it is the highest race in Spain and the few that a World Heritage Site crosses, its commitment to the environment and the safeguarding of the fragile territory through which it runs is added. Among them, the modifications of the routes to attend the guidelines of the technicians of the Teide National Park, the respect to the load capacity of each of the Park spaces through which the test goes through and make it compatible with safety or security are particularly noteworthy.
Runners who cross Teide National Park use sticks with rubber tips, the identification of gels and energy bars with the number of the runner so that, in case they are thrown to the ground, they suppose their immediate disqualification, or the obligation that each runner carries their own glasses are other actions promoted by the organisation of the race, which also implements the guidelines of the ‘Guide to good practices for the development of mountain races in protected areas’ and, to avoid individual displacements, collective transport is enabled to the starting point of the race. In the last edition more than 1,400 participants used this service.