· The competition will raise funds for the Adapted Sailing School of the Monte Real Yacht Club, which provides services to associations of people with disabilities in Galicia
· Participants must complete a swimming test in the bay of Baiona, a cycling test through various streets of the town and a race around the Parador
· The Olympic Susana Rodríguez Gacio will be the godmother of the event in which the blind athlete, runner-up of Spain in the triathlon José Luis García Serrano “Jota” will participate
· The second edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon is once again organized by Monte Real and the Baiona council with the collaboration of Fegatri and the sponsorship of Verti Seguros
More than 200 athletes will participate this Saturday in the second edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon, a competition organized by the Monte Real Club de Yates and the Baiona council with the sponsorship of Verti Seguros to raise funds for the Monte Real Adapted Sailing School, which provides services to associations of people with disabilities throughout Galicia.
The tests, coordinated by the Galician Triathlon Federation, will begin at four in the afternoon with a swim between the beaches of Barbeira and A Ribeira, in the urban center of Baiona. After completing those 750 meters of swimming, the athletes must pick up their bicycles in the La Palma area to pedal 20 kilometers and complete several laps between the Baredo and Santa Marta roundabouts. The last race of the day will be a 5-kilometre race along the trails of the Monte Boi peninsula, where the Parador Nacional is located.
More than 200 athletes from different parts of Galicia and Spain will participate in this second edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon. Among them, the presence of the Spanish triathlon runner-up and member of the Spanish paratriathlon team, José Luis García Serrano, better known as “Jota”, stands out. Blind since the age of 29, the athlete from Madrid will complete the different tests of the Vertiathlon tied by a rope to his guide.
And although she will not participate in the tours, this year the Olympian Susana Rodríguez Gacio will also be present in Baiona, who is sponsoring the Vertiathlon again. She will be in charge of kicking off the competition and handing out the prizes to the winners.
At the awards ceremony, which will be held at a quarter to seven in the afternoon at the Monte Real Club de Yates facilities, Verti Seguros managers will present the club from Baiona with the check with the amount collected from the registrations of the more than 200 participants. A money that the club will allocate, entirely, to its Adapted Sailing School, in which people with disabilities from all over Galicia sail throughout the year.
In the first edition of the Vertiathlon, in which the winners were Brais Misa from the Porriño Athletics Club and Mar Villar from Trinorth Nogasa, 5,750 euros were raised.
Official presentation this morning in Baiona
The II Solidarity Vertiathlon of Baiona was officially presented this morning in Baiona, at a press conference in which the vice president of the Monte Real Yacht Club, Alejandro Retolaza, thanked Verti Seguros for its sponsorship and the collaboration of numerous firms and companies that have put their grain of sand so that more and more people with disabilities can approach the sea and navigate under equal conditions. The vice president of the Baiona club also dedicated a few words to the more than 150 volunteers who will help on Saturday in the different stages of the Vertiathlon.
The mayor of Baiona, Ángel Rodal, also took part in the presentation, who highlighted the solidarity aspect of a competition that he predicted would be a great success in the future. “Of all the sporting events that are celebrated in the town, this is – said the alderman – , one of the most special due to the solidarity that it implies between sports”.
The Xunta de Galicia’s General Secretary for Sport, José Ramón Lete, also had an impact on this solidarity, a characteristic to which he added those of inclusion and equality. That is why –he assured- that I am here today, “because from the Xunta de Galicia we are committed to sport for all and for all”.
Also present at the press conference were the deputy for sports from the Pontevedra Provincial Council, Consuelo Besada; the mayor of Nigrán, Juan González; and the president of the Galician Triathlon Federation, Oscar José Surís.
Special traffic operation for Saturday
In order to guarantee the correct celebration of the II Solidarity Vertiathlon, the Baiona Local Police will cut off the PO-552 between the Puga roundabout and the Rocamar roundabout. The cut will last for two hours, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at which time the cycling event is expected to end.
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), via the EP-2201 (ascent to Baíña) and via 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, and the ATSA bus stop, which will be located next to the Monte Real service station.
TECHNICAL DETAILS II BAIONA SOLIDARITY VERTIATHLON
- TECHNICAL MEETING> 11:00 at the House of Navigation Museum (Rúa Ventura Misa, 15)
- DELIVERY OF DORSALS> 14:00 – 15:30 at the Monte Real Yacht Club
- MATERIAL CONTROL> 14:30 – 15:45 next to Barberira Beach
- FEMALE DEPARTURE> 16:00 in Ribeira Beach
- PT5 OUTPUT> 16:01 in Ribeira Beach
- MALE DEPARTURE> 16:06 in Ribeira Beach
- AWARDS> 18:45 at the Monte Real Yacht Club