Carreras Populares (Popular Races) kick off in Olula del Río

Carreras Populares (Popular Races) kick off in Olula del Río
Eighteen tests will be held in all the counties.

The Provincial Council of Almeria has celebrated the launch of one of the most consolidated and important circuits organised in the province: ‘Carreras Populares 2023’. This edition, which is growing once again, will include races in 18 municipalities which will once again be filled with sport, enthusiasm and love for running.

The Patio de Luces of the Provincial Palace has hosted the presentation of this circuit by the Deputy of Sports, José Antonio García, and the Mayor of Enix, Álvaro Izquierdo, as representative of the last venue that has joined the Circuit. Both have been accompanied by the mayors and councillors of the host municipalities, as well as the representatives of the Andalusian Athletics Federation, the General Traffic Department and the sponsoring companies: De Murga Podología, Fisioterapia Almería Centro, Deportes Blanes and Frionature.

The Circuito de Carreras Populares de Diputación will start its route through the province on the 15th of April in Olula del Río and will continue through the municipalities of Enix, Bédar, Abla, Sorbas, María, Turre, Villaricos, Garrucha, Balanegra, Tíjola, Vera, Rioja, Macael, Antas, Laujar de Andarax, Pulpí and Gádor, where the programme ends on the 11th of November.

Although this is the 10th edition with the current format, the Diputacion Provincial de Almeria began 30 years ago with this type of competitive events to which are added the races for children and also the healthy races.

José Antonio García explained that this circuit “is the most awaited because it fulfils the objectives of the Provincial Council: it unites the province like no other, as it runs through all the counties; it shows the diversity and uniqueness of our land and it is a powerful tool to fight against depopulation in 18 municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants. In addition, it democratises sport with race designs suitable for all audiences”.

The deputy highlighted the novelties of this race, which this year incorporates a new municipality, the smallest on the circuit, Enix, as well as the creation of healthy races to initiate and retain more runners and a great festival of children’s sport.

The mayor of Enix -and provincial deputy- has highlighted the importance of holding this race for his municipality: “We are sure that it is going to have a great acceptance thanks to the route that we have put together with a lot of love. The objectives we are looking for are to consolidate our event and try to promote active tourism in this municipality. Since we arrived at the Town Hall, the promotion of tourism in all aspects has been a priority”.

The competition, as its name suggests, is characterised by its accessibility, by its attractiveness for experienced runners as well as for newcomers, as well as having a clear component of social cohesion and as a dynamising factor for the municipalities that host the races. All the races will be held on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning and will have a distance of between 6 and 10km.

Registration can be done through and www.dipalme.org, as well as on the web pages,

For the whole circuit, a single registration can be made to allow the athlete to participate in all the races. In the first race, a package will be given which includes: five race bibs, a badge for the cloakroom, a Circuit mask, a T-shirt and a reusable and compulsory chip.

Online registration for the whole Circuit:

40€ (federated athlete)

55€ (non federated athlete)

Children: 10€.

Online registration for a single individual race:

11€ (federated and non federated athlete)

2 € (Juniors)

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