14 April, 2015
The 31 edition of the Milla Sagrada Familia - 9è International Ciutat Trophy of Barcelona, organized by the Claror Foundation, it was presented this morning at 11.30 hours at its headquarters District of the Eixample. In the event, the athletes running the professional series of the race among those who stand out include Abdelaziz Mezourgui, Adel Mechaal, Chris Wardburton, Solange Pereira, Victoria Sauleda and Lidia Rodríguez.
The 1.609 meters athletic race is celebrated on Sunday with the traditional route around the so-called Gaudí island, formed by the Sagrada Familia temple, the Plaza de la Sagrada Familia and the Plaza de Gaudí. The starting point will be located on Carrer de Mallorca, between the streets of Sardinia and Marina, and the arrival line will be on Carrer de Provença.
One of the peculiarities of the Mile is that it combines the popular side - with fifteen races from Benjamins to veterans - with the professional side as the two series of the International City of Barcelona Trophy bring together athletes from the national and international elite of the " athletics
La Milla, a race of great prestige
Eixample District Councilor Gerard Ardanuy stressed that the Mile "is one of the most successful activities implemented in the Sagrada Familia neighborhood" and added that it is incorporated into the neighborhood festival of the neighborhood, but that " It is fully consolidated and has great prestige on its own ". The councilor thanked the intense dedication of the organizers and volunteers who contribute their efforts to the success of the Sagrada Familia Mile year after year.
The director of the Mile, Núria Borràs, stressed that "the key to the success of the Mile is the combination of professional athletes and those who are not." Borràs emphasized "the rhythm of inscriptions in the popular series is progressing well".
New race The 5 Miles
Another aspect that the director of the race wanted to emphasize is that this year will be held for the first time the race of The 5 Miles that with a circuit of 8 kilometers around the Sagrada Família pretends to bring the race to the practitioners of urban races background. In this first edition there will be 500 available numbers and the amount of 5 euros of the inscription will go to the following associations:
• Asociación Encert, which promotes the leisure, training and employment of children and young people with intellectual disabilities.
• Association We Learn, which works for the inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorders.
• Association Superation, dedicated to the inclusion of young people through triathlon.
Good level of athletes in the professional series
Representing the elite athletes attended Alex Rodríguez and Lidia Rodríguez. Both have agreed to emphasize the good level of athletes that will participate in the professional races of the Mile. "You have gathered almost the best Spanish midfielder", highlighted Alex Rodríguez, who said that "we are increasingly difficult to compete with renowned athletes as well as those in the race." Lidia Rodríguez, recently crowned Spain champion of 10.000 meters, wanted to emphasize that "the poster of the women's series is very competitive and will be very similar so it is difficult to say who will be the favorite, although a priori Solange Pereira starts with this label, since she is a distance specialist and has won in the last two editions. "
Super Festa Claror and Gimcana Sports and Solidarity
Coinciding with the celebration of the Sagrada Familia Mile and the 5 Milles race, Clubs Claror, organizing entity of both races, will also be offering a sports morning on Sunday 26 in April. From 11 to 14 outdoor fitness masterclasses will be made: body balance, body combat and zumba. A sports and solidarity gymkhana has also been prepared so that all the citizens who come here can enjoy in the family a magnificent festive atmosphere.