On Saturday the race returns in miles that crosses emblematic spaces of the Port of Mahón such as the Naval Base, Pinto Island or La Mola Fortress.
The 10/5 Miles City of Mahón is a race through the historical and natural heritage of the Port of Mahón that Unisport Consulting has been organizing for seven years with the sponsorship of the Fundació Foment del Turisme. A special test and different from any of those that take place in the sports calendar that is measured in miles and that combines routes of great beauty by the sea, with privileged passage through unique spaces such as the La Mola Fortress, the Naval Base or Pinto Island, among others. The presentation act has had a wide representation of authorities and sponsors.
The main novelty this year is the time change for the start of the race, which has been delayed one hour compared to all other editions in order to avoid the strongest hours of sun exposure. “This was a request that some participants had sent us, bearing in mind that between 12 and 4 p.m. they are the ones with the highest solar radiation and that is why we believe that starting at 6:00 p.m. we will make the race more pleasant for all the participants. ” explains Manuel Hernández, Race Director. There is also a change with respect to the delivery of numbers that until now had been carried out at the Maritime Station and that in this seventh edition, is transferred to the Decathlon shopping center in the Mahón Industrial Estate, which in turn has been in charge of designing and providing the race jersey and the runner’s bag. To date, registrations reach 142 people, although it is expected that it can exceed 200 people.
At a sporting level, the test will not have variations with the two routes, the 10 miles, departing from the La Mola Fortress and arriving at the Maritime Station in its longest slope, and the 5 miles departing from Cala Llonga for a short route. The organization will transfer all the runners by bus from the Maritime Station to the starting line.
As has already happened in the last two editions, a television team will be in charge of recording the test that will later be broadcast by Movistar 0, Teledeporte and TV3 thanks to an agreement that Unisport Consulting has signed with the differen channels.
Solidarity and sustainable race
What also does not change in the 10/5 Milles Ciutat de Maó is its commitment and solidarity component from the moment of registration, since the organization will allocate two euros from each runner to the Spanish Association Against Cancer.
On the other hand, it will be the volunteers of this entity who will be in charge of attending the various provisioning stations that have been planned on arrival and departure as well as throughout the entire route with the aim of giving visibility to the good work they carry out finished.
From the point of view of sustainability, the organization of the race will work to reduce the impact that an event of this magnitude may cause on our island. And for this reason, the main areas of work will be waste management and transport management. The waste generated at the route and finish line aid stations will be separated at source for selective collection and subsequent recycling. With the aim of minimizing the impact of private vehicle transport in the area where the race will take place, the runners will be transferred by bus to the La Mola fortress and Urb. Cala Llonga for the 5-mile corridors.
As a novelty this year, it has been involved in the company Ecopilas, which will carry out a battery collection campaign among all the participants.
Wide support from companies and institutions
The seventh edition of the 10/5 Miles City of Mahón reaffirms the excellent reception both at an institutional and business level, by highlighting the landscape and historical attributes of its route as well as the fact that it contributes to being a showcase for sports tourism.
At an institutional level, the Menorca Island Council gives its support to the 10/5 Miles City of Mahón through the Fundación Foment de Turisme, the Mahón City Council, the Ministry of the Economic Model, Tourism and Labor of the Balearic Government and the collaboration of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Government of Spain, financed by the European Union – Next Generation EU and the Tourism Strategy Agency of the Balearic Islands.
At a public level, the test also has the support of the Ports of the Balearic Islands, La Mola Fortress and the Maó Naval Command.
In the business section, the Mahón-Menorca Cheese Regulatory Council will contribute cheese for the winners and also for each participant, Autos Menorca will collaborate in offering a discount on car rental for participants from outside Menorca, Baleària will join this year offered discounts to be able to travel from Alcudia or from Barcelona to Menorca, Escape Home wanted to sponsor the organization’s accommodation and Autobuses Mahón will transport the runners to the start.
The participants of the 10/5 City of Mahón will enjoy the privilege of being able to run by the sea. The runners who make the 10-mile long route will leave from La Mola, crossing part of the fortified area and later, they will go up the Me-3 road towards Cala Llonga where they will enter the urbanization until they reach the sea, bordering the cove. From Punta d’en Gallerut it will turn towards the Me-3 road until reaching Cala Partió, Cala Sant Antoni, La Solana, Cala Rata and Cala Ratolí until connecting with the entrance gate to the Naval Base, which will once again open an exceptional unprecedented access to give way to the runners. The route will include a return to Pinto Island and the area of the dry dock in the port of Mahón. The arrival will be at the Maritime Station. The runners will have two refreshment points, in addition to the one provided on arrival.
As for the runners who make the 5-mile route, they will start at Passeig dels Mariners, skirting the cove to Punta d’en Gallerut and going up until they reach the Me-3 road until they reach Cala Partió, Cala Sant Antoni, La Solana, Cala Rata and Cala Ratolí until connecting with the entrance gate to the Naval Base, which will once again open an unprecedented access to give way to the corridors. The route will include a return to Pinto Island and the area of the dry dock in the port of Mahón. The arrival will be at the Maritime Station. The runners will have a provisioning point, in addition to the one provided on arrival.