The third Solidarity Vertiathlon contributes more than 5,400 euros to bring the sea closer to people with disabilities

· The registrations of the 217 participants allowed more than 5,410 euros to be raised for the Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities in Monte Real

· The athletes Jacobo Crego and Aida García prevailed in the absolute categories of this solidarity competition, managing to revalidate the victory they achieved the previous year

· The third edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon held its tests this afternoon in the bay and several streets of Baiona with a large influx of athletes and the public

At the awards ceremony held at the Monte Real Club de Yates, the club announced that next year they will celebrate the fourth edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon

Baiona, September 16, 2017.- Baiona experienced this afternoon with great anticipation the celebration of the third edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon, a competition organized for charity and the main objective of raising funds for the Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities of the Monte Real Yacht Club.

Several beaches and streets of the fishing village hosted the three sprint triathlon events that, from four in the afternoon and until after six, the more than 200 athletes who arrived from different parts of the country competed.

The fastest to complete the 750-meter swim, the 20-kilometre bike ride and the 5-kilometer run were the Vedra Olympic athletes, Jacobo Crego and Aida García, both achieving spectacular times.

They took one hour and one hour and thirteen minutes respectively to complete the entire course and managed to climb to the top of the overall category winners’ podium.

Aida García also achieved victory in the female veteran category, in which Andrés López, from the Vilagarcía Atenas Running Triathlon, took the top male prize.

In the junior category, the winners were María Lois, from the Arcade Infohouse Santiago; and Jorge González, sailing student at the Monte Real Yacht Club. And in cadet, Marta Rial and Marcos González, both from the Mar de Vigo Triathlon, prevailed.

In addition, prizes were awarded to the best classified registered in Baiona, who were Sandra Santodomingo and David Giraldez, from Baiona Athletics.

Once the distribution of prizes to the winners was finished, in which the Mayor of Baiona, Ángel Rodal, participated, among others; the provincial head of sports in Pontevedra, Daniel Benavides; and the president of Monte Real, José Luis Álvarez; One of the most anticipated moments of the day took place, the delivery of the check for 5,410 euros that will give a new impetus to adapted sailing in Galicia.

The director of MAPFRE, Luis Larramendi, was in charge of handing it over, to a standing ovation from the audience, to the vice president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Alejandro Retolaza, one of the main promoters of the solidarity initiative, organized by the club itself with the collaboration of the Baiona City Council and the sponsorship of Verti Seguros. It was Retolaza himself who announced that at Monte Real they are going to get down to work to prepare the fourth edition of the Vertiathlon, which will be held in 2018 with the same objective, that of raising funds for the Adapted Sailing School of the club.

Created in 2012 under the slogan “Sailing for all”, the school’s main objective is to bring people with functional diversity closer to the sea, so that they can sail under equal conditions, in facilities without barriers and on board adapted boats. The work carried out since then has made her worthy, among other distinctions, of various recognitions both nationally and internationally.

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The most supportive triathlon returns

Baiona hosts this Saturday the third edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon that will raise funds for the Monte Real Adapted Sailing School for people with functional diversity

· More than 200 athletes have signed up to participate in a triathlon that will develop its swimming, cycling and running events in the waters of the bay and various streets of the fishing village

· The competition is organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Baiona council with the collaboration of the Galician Triathlon Federation and the sponsorship of Verti Seguros

At the awards ceremony, all the participants will be raffled off with sneakers signed by Usain Bolt, a replica of the ones he wore when he left the slopes this summer

Baiona, September 14, 2017.- This Saturday, the Solidarity Vertiathlon returns to Baiona, a sports competition for social inclusion whose main objective is to raise funds for the Monte Real Adapted Sailing School, which makes it easier for people with functional diversity to approach the sea under equal conditions.

Organized jointly by the yacht club and the Baiona city council with the sponsorship of Verti Seguros and the collaboration of numerous brands and companies, the Solidarity Vertiathlon celebrates its third edition in 2017 with the participation of more than 200 athletes from different Galician points.

Next Saturday, starting at four in the afternoon, the participants will have to complete the three tests of a sprint triathlon that will be coordinated by the Galician Triathlon Federation. A swim between the beaches of A Barbeira and A Ribeira, in the urban center of Baiona, will be the first of the challenges, which will be followed by a 20-kilometre bike ride with several laps between the Baredo and Santa Marta roundabouts . The last race of the day will be a 5 kilometer race around the Parador Nacional.

At the official presentation of the Solidarity Vertiathlon, held this morning at a press conference in Baiona, the vice president of the Monte Real Club de Yates, Alejandro Retolaza, was very satisfied with the great reception that the event has once again received. “This is the third year in a row that we celebrate the Vertiathlon and we once again exceed the number of 200 people registered -he said- , 200 supportive athletes who will make it possible for many people with disabilities to continue enjoying the sea through our Adapted Sailing School”. The vice president of Monte Real also wanted to thank the support that the more than 100 volunteers registered for the organization tasks will give to the competition.

At the press conference held this morning in Baiona, the president of the Galician Triathlon Federation (FEGATRI), Óscar José Surís, also spoke, who in addition to explaining the details of the test, announced that on Saturday he will be in the Vertiathlon among the participants, trying to complete the three tests in the best possible time.

The Monte Real Adapted Sailing School, to which all the money raised will go, was the focus of the speech by the deputy delegate for tourism from the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Santos Héctor Rodríguez. He said that it is “an instrument that guarantees equal opportunities” and a “vehicle to show the most human values of sport.”

The inclusive aspect of the initiative was also the argument of the intervention of the delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Vigo, Ignacio López Chaves, who took advantage of the occasion to praise the program “Amaromar”, another of the social inclusion actions that the regional government promotes in collaboration with Monte Real.

The presentation of the Vertiathlon was also attended by the territorial head of the Department of Social Policy, Marta Iglesias; the councilor for tourism in Baiona, Beatriz González; and the head of marketing for Begano-Coca Cola, María Troncoso.

The third Solidarity Vertiathlon will once again have the Olympian Susana Rodríguez Gacio as its godmother, and will raffle among the participants sneakers signed by Usain Bolt, a replica of the ones he wore when he said goodbye to the tracks this summer at the World Championships in Athletics held in London.

The boots of the eleven-time world champion and eight-time Olympic champion, created exclusively for his last race, will be raffled off during the award ceremony for the winners, which will begin at a quarter to seven at the Monte Real Club de Yates facilities.

Special traffic operation for Saturday

In order to guarantee the correct celebration of the third Solidarity Vertiathlon, the Baiona Local Police will cut off traffic on the 550 district road from the gas station roundabout to the Baredo roundabout, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at which time it is expected the end of the cycling test.

There will be, yes, alternative itineraries for drivers. Vehicles that want to enter or leave downtown Baiona can access via the EP-2202 (ascent to the Virgen de la Roca), by the EP-2201 (ascent to Baíña) and by the EP-2203 (Baredo); and those who want to go towards Oia or Vigo, can use the AG-57 ring road.

Two more changes that will take place during the Vertiathlon will affect the taxi rank, which will be moved to Brasil street, in front of the health center; and to the ATSA bus stop, which will be located in Puga and in the health center.

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