Sky Trail Camp

Trail running in Porta da Cruz

Sky Trail Camp posterThe fifth edition of the ‘Sky Trail Camp Madeira’ will be held this coming weekend and includes 3 days of activities based around the running trails set up around Porto da Cruz.

On Friday the 17th, at 20:00, the athletes will discover at night the 9km training course that takes them along the most urban trails of the parish of Porto da Cruz.

Saturday the 18th, will see the longest course, about 30km, which will take the athletes to the top of Penha d´Águia, and soon afterwards make known a “new” trail, made available only for this event, which is the ascent of the Lombo do Pessegueiro, a trail that joins the levada do Castelo to the levada do Furado. This is a very technical course and has been prepared in advance by the Machico Municipal Firefighters’ Mountain Rescue Team, with the placement of some ropes that will help the athletes overcome the main obstacles of the climb.

On Saturday afternoon there will be two lectures open to the public, the first ‘The sport of emotional performance and emotions in sports performance’, by Professor Mário Fortes Santos, the second ‘What we do to change what I am’, by João Mota (Trail Coach, Therapist and Sports Development Mentor). The latter will discuss the evolution of his professional career and personal options that led him to dedicate himself exclusively to the sport of Trail Running, going from being passionate about the sport to an athlete, ATRP manager, and finally the Trail Coach.

Boca do Risco - one of the trails run in the Porta da Cruz eventLocal accommodation full for the event

On Sunday, to complete the event, there will be a trail of about 20km that will include the already famous climb of Lombinho and the Boca do Risco – Larano trail (photo).

On Friday and Saturday, from 22:00, fostering the more convivial and less sporting nature of the event will take place the Dino’s Bar Poncha Party.

211 participants are registered for the event, of which 160 are continental and foreign. This has exhausted the accommodation capacity of the parish of Porto da Cruz, and has a very significant economic impact in this locality.

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