On Saturday 27th October 2012 they were dancing in the streets of Puerto Del Carmen…and running, walking, wheeling and roller-skating to the soundtrack of nine live bands and all in a good cause.
When Kenneth Gasque decided four years ago to initiate the Lanzarote Music Marathon Festival, he hit on an idea that encompassed everything Lanzarote does best – sports, inclusion for all and giving generously in support of others while having a good time. No surprise then that his idea should take off and be an instant hit. Throw Kenneth’s skill and experience as organiser of the Ocean Lava Trail, the Lanzarote Wine Run and the notorious Lanzarote Ironman competition into the ring and you’ve got a recipe for success which is now in its fourth year and improving with every event.
The idea is simple and is based on the concept that love of music bridges all barriers of language, age and ability. This year an astounding almost 500 participants bought into that concept on Saturday and took to the streets of Puerto Del Carmen.
Anyone can join in the Music Marathon by choosing to walk, run, jog, roller blade, roller skate or handbike over eighth (5km), quarter (10.5km) or half marathon (21km) distance, accompanied all the way by the music of live bands to keep their rhythm rocking and by crowds of spectators to keep their spirits and motivation to succeed sky high. With children’s races and an all day party atmosphere, it was fun in the sun on race day.
When it came to podium places, the top spot for the men was occupied by Xavi Queral who completed the half marathon distance in a time of 1hr 12mins, beating Jose Antonio Ramallo to the tape by just 12 seconds. Coming in third was Lanzarote triathlete Stephen Bayliss who finished in 1hr 14mins 25secs. In the women’s category it was Katie North who was first to cross the half marathon finishing line in a time of 1hr 32mins 59secs beating last year’s winner, Rosi Fontes into second position and Laura García Tuñón into third. Watch here the aftermovie of the event.
At quarter marathon distance it was Victor Guadalupe who took honours for the men and Marieke van Lierop for the women. Rounding off podium places were Summer Leight who ran away with the eighth marathon distance; Yeray Betancourt who won the handbike category; Lukas Richter and Marina García who won the aged 10-16 years category for the boys and girls respectively and the youngsters Rony Heppel and Anna Weis who won their 4-9 years categories.
But the real winners on the day were the four charities for whom contributions were raised: Kikis Children’s Home in Nepal, Niños de Tercer Mundo, Sister Anna’s Soup Kitchen and TriWWW and the real heroes were every single participant, every musician, every volunteer, every spectator and every organiser who worked so hard to make this such a fun and rewarding day. A huge thank you from Sands Beach Active and we look forward to moving to the sound of the Music Marathon again in 2013.