The sixth edition of Portugal’s longest trail running race, connecting the Spanish border with the West Coast, takes place between November 30 and December 3.
A total of 114 athletes will compete in the sixth edition of the Algarviana Ultra Trail (ALUT) between Thursday and Sunday, November 30 and December 3.
The athletics event, which crosses the Algarve over 308 kilometres, is Portugal’s longest trail running race. Starting next to the Guadiana River in Alcoutim at 16h30 on Thursday and ending on Sunday at 16h30, at the Fortaleza de Sagres, in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, it has a duration limit of 72 hours.
The long-distance pedestrian route that crosses the district of Faro from one end to the other is almost entirely along the Grande Rota (GR13) of the Via Algarviana, spanning 308 kilometres.
The route crosses the municipalities of Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Tavira, São Brás de Alportel, Loulé, Silves, Monchique, Lagos, and Vila do Bispo.
Bruno Rodrigues, from Algarve Trail Running, the organising entity of the ALUT, told Lusa that 94 solo athletes and 20 team athletes are registered in this year’s edition in the relay category.
According to Rodrigues, the race can be followed at specific points on the route or through the ALUT platform “since athletes have a geolocator, which allows the public at home to know where the athletes are” and what is happening.
“As it is an open route, people can meet the athletes anywhere. They cannot provide assistance, but they can go and see them passing, for example, in Algarve villages or at intersections”, he pointed out.
Participants will have support at nine “life bases” installed along the route, where athletes have comfort food and areas to shower.
Bruno Rodrigues said that this year’s edition of the event has a social aspect, which is to publicise the António Aleixo Foundation’s project aimed at foster care.
“We joined this social cause aimed at integrating children and young people at risk into foster families to publicise it and help find families for the 308 children waiting for foster care in the Algarve”, he noted.
Bruno Rodrigues highlighted that “in addition to publicity, the organisation will contribute one euro for each of the 308 kilometres of the race, a total of €308, coincidently the number of children waiting for care in the region”.
The Via Algarviana is an extensive pedestrian route that connects Alcoutim to Cabo de São Vicente, in Sagres, to promote low-density territories and boost the economy of the Algarve interior, whose management and maintenance is the responsibility of the Almargem Association.