· The 33-year-old blind athlete and member of the Spanish paratriathlon team is one of the most recognized athletes in this discipline
· On October 8, he will compete in the Vertiathlon to raise funds for the Monte Real Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities.
· Sponsoring the event will be Susana Rodríguez Gacio, from Vigo, who has just fulfilled one of her dreams by competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
· This Tuesday a new registration period opens to complete the last 35 places and reach the maximum of 250 that the Fegatri allows
The Spanish triathlon runner-up, José Luis García Serrano, will participate on October 8 in the second edition of the Baiona Vertiathlon, a charity event that will raise funds for the Monte Real Club Adapted Sailing School for people with disabilities of yachts.
The 33-year-old athlete from Madrid, blind since he was 29, will be one of the 250 athletes who will participate in the competition, for which a new registration period opens tomorrow, Tuesday, to cover the last 35 places.
Known in the sports world as “Jota”, José Luis García won silver this year in the Spanish triathlon championship and the paratriathlon world series held in Australia, as well as a bronze in the world series in South Africa. Member of the Spanish paratriathlon team, he is currently one of the most recognized athletes in this discipline.
In Baiona, Jota will compete against other athletes without disabilities. Attached by a rope to his guide, he will try to complete, in the shortest time possible, the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometre run that are included in the program of the II Solidarity Vertiathlon. A circuit that will be carried out, in its entirety, in the town of Baiona, including the waters of the bay for the swimming test, several streets in the center for the bicycle section and the surroundings of the Parador Nacional for the walking test.
Sponsoring the event will be, one more year, the paratriathlete from Vigo Susana Rodríguez Gacio, who has just fulfilled one of her dreams by competing, this very weekend, in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where she achieved an Olympic diploma by being in fifth position.
In the first edition of the Solidarity Vertiathlon, held in September 2015, 230 people participated, whose registrations raised 5,750 euros for the Adapted Sailing School of the Monte Real Yacht Club, whose main objective is to bring the world of sailing closer to people with some kind of disability.
This second edition is once again organized by the Baiona yacht club and the Baiona town hall, with the collaboration of the Galician Triathlon Federation and the sponsorship of Verti Seguros.