DIARIO DE IBIZA | The Consell de Ibiza has approved in session of Consell Executiu the declaration of the race 10K Ibiza-Platja d'en Bossa as 'Prueba de Interés Turístico Insular', thus increasing to nine the most relevant sporting events of the island sports scene.
The highest institution of Ibiza agreed in January 2020 to recognize the work done by clubs and promoters in the organization of sporting events that attract thousands of participants to the island. With the aim of developing a joint promotional action in the different tourism fairs, eight Pruebas de Interés Turístico Insular (Island Tourist Interest Trials) were approved.
These are now joined by the 10K Ibiza-Platja d'en Bossa, an international race that hosts one of the fastest circuits in Spain and is included in the calendar of the RFEA and World Athletics. The race, organized by Dani Becerra (Club Atletismo Ibiza), is characterized by its wide and long straights that run at sea level, conditions that favor the achievement of excellent results. In the last edition, the athlete Adel Mechaal was 2 seconds away from the 10K national record with an impressive time of 27 minutes and 50 seconds. Carlos Mayo from Aragon also obtained one of his best times on the road (28:07).
In the women's race, Sweden's Sarah Lahti set a personal best with a time of 31 minutes and 18 seconds, while Ethiopia's Likina Amebaw (31:40), France's Mélody Julien (32:31) and Turkey's Emine Hatun (33:24) also set a 10K personal best. The next edition is scheduled for January 29, 2023.
The director of the race, Dani Becerra, said proudly that the declaration as a test of tourist interest "is a recognition of the work of these years, which has put a lot of enthusiasm and much care by all to make it the best possible.
"The event will grow further."
The Ibizan organizer, who thanked "the commitment and seriousness" of the island institution, said that this agreement "will mean that the event will grow even more and will have an international boost", so for Becerra "it is a privilege" to join this select group of sporting events that are promoted at international fairs.
"It's a pride to know that in Ibiza people run fast and that there is potential for more people to come from outside to desetacionalizar the season," added Becerra, who also reported on some developments for the third edition, next January 29. At the moment there are already 235 registered and the participation of between 15 and 20 elite athletes, including Africans, is expected.
Also, the circuit will undergo a modification due to the works being carried out in Murtra street. The race will begin its route along the Ses Salines road to the church of Sant Francesc, to return to the traffic circle and go down to Platja d'en Bossa in the direction of the Sirena. A 180-degree turn will take the runners to the finish line, in its original location next to the Gran Palladium hotel.
According to a study by the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), the eight sporting events generated an economic impact on the island of 13.15 million euros in 2018.