Athletics: The Half Marathon returns on Sunday

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7:16 p.m.

Next Sunday, the La Rioja Half Marathon will reach its thirty-second edition. The Logroño event, the second longest competitive competition in the autonomous community, will have the best post-pandemic participation because, as the organizers revealed in the official presentation, there have already been more than 600 registered participants and they expect to reach 800 at the time of the event. starting gun, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

What is already confirmed is that the best distance specialists from Rioja will be on the starting line, and one duel stands out above all. David Martínez, the distance runner from Najeria who this year wears the Rioja Marathon shirt, will face Nacho García Ramón, the dominator of the regional distance in recent years and the man who defends last year’s victory. The duel promises to be interesting, but neither of them will have an easy victory because Jesús Olmos, who was an international marathon runner and who in 2019 was relegated by Camilo Santiago to second position at the finish line of El, is also registered in the race. Spur. Daniel Ruales and Biruk Rubio will also try to be among the best. In theory, although the asphalt will dictate the sentence later, one step behind will be athletes like Hugo González, Javier Durán, David Bartolomé, Juan Carlos Irago, Eric Soria…

In the women’s category you can see a duel between last year’s winner Gema Martín and Esther Rodríguez from Rioja. Last year Martín emerged victorious, but this year Rodríguez will try to make it more difficult for her. Just in case, waiting for her opportunity will be a woman who already knows what it’s like to get on the podium, Gema Olave from Rioja, who last year was third behind Martín and Rodríguez.

No clear favorites

The one that appears very open is, for the moment, the 11 kilometer test, which this year is registering a lower registration because many of the athletes who took part in it in other years, on this occasion, have decided to make the leap to the big test. Manel Vergara or Guillermo García are two of the best-known names who have confirmed their presence in the ‘short’ event and Dalcy Flores in the women’s category.

The presence of Nacho García and David Martínez risks an exciting Rioja duel with Jesús Olmos as a witness

The entire podium from the last edition (Martín, Rodríguez and Olave) will once again fight for the women’s victory in Logroño

In the 11K event there is also a veteran distance runner such as Conrado Vitores from Rioja, who, some time ago, was competing to be the best of the Riojans when the La Rioja Half Marathon was dominated by African athletes. In the 21 kilometers, another athlete will also refer to past times. Carlos Javier Merino, the winner of the first two editions, is also announced at the starting line of the ‘queen’ event of the day.

Open registration

In any case, the list of well-known faces may still increase until Sunday because registration will remain open until the day of the race (already in person), one hour before the start. Those already registered can also come by until that same moment (9:00 a.m. on Sunday) to pick up their number and their ‘welcome pack’ and if they do not want to wait until the last minute, they can pick up at the offices of Diario LA RIOJA (Vara de Rey). , 74) during office hours, that is, until Thursday, May 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on race day, from 8:15 a.m.

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