Registration process 2023

02/11/2022 // Unisport Consulting

As you may already know, the Half Marathon of Formentera and the 8 km race have limited entries, due to the peculiarity of the island.

In order to get an entry for the race, it is necessary to previously participate in the pre-registration process, which is free of charge. Once the pre-registration period has ended, if there are more athletes pre-registered than entries available, a raffle for entries will be hold before a notary. All those interested must pre-register, otherwise they will not be included in the raffle for entries and, therefore, they will not be able to participate in the races.

On November 16, the pre-registration period will begin, in order to be able to participate in the XIV Half Marathon of Formentera and the 8KM Sant Ferran-La Savina, to be held on May 13, 2023.

Exempt from this pre-registration are residents of Formentera and those who have participated in five or more editions, who have a guaranteed entry. The former can apply for their entry through the Sports area of the Consell de Formentera, while the latter will receive an e-mail with a code to access the platform and confirm their registration. The registration period for the latter will be from November 16 until December 13.

The rest of the runners must apply for pre-registration through the official website of the race www.marato-formentera.com from November 16 to December 13.

On December 15, among all the pre-registered runners, the organization will hold a raffle before a notary of the entries that remain available, after having deduced those who have run in the race in 5 or more editions. In this edition, the total number of entries will be of 2.000 for the Half Marathon and 1.000 for the 8KM. Once the raffle has been held, the winners will be able to confirm their registration between December 20 and January 16.

Important: Remember that participating in the pre-registration process does not exempt you from making the final registration, which is confirmed by the payment of the corresponding fee.

Letter from the organization to the participants

23/05/2022 // Unisport Consulting

Salida Grupo Aérea

Dear runner,
As the head of Unisport Consulting, organizer of the Half Marathon of Formentera and the 8km race, since the creation of both races, I wanted to express in first person my sincere and deepest apologies for what happened last May 14 regarding the shortage of water for hydration during the race and the added problems in post-finish line area. A fact attributable exclusively to the Organization, which I deeply regret and which should not have happened in any way.

Although there is no possible justification, several situations combined explain, in part, that the hydration service to the runners was insufficient. As you know, the commitment of the organization, in line with the Consell de Formentera, is to make this race an event with the least environmental impact, complying with the measures decreed by the Balearic Government, which prohibits, among others, the use of single-use plastic containers in this type of events. This circumstance is proving to be a serious problem to solve for the organizers of sporting events, especially when participation reaches certain number of participants.

We, as organizers, thought we had solved this aspect, with the distribution of water in cups at the refreshment stops, as well as with the distribution at the finish line of 3,700 metal bottles (1,000 more than the runners who finally participated) to refill in dispensers, but it is clear that the device, for different circumstances (insufficient flow for high demand, some participants taking several bottles …), did not work according to our forecasts. In addition, the strong heat, with higher temperatures than usual at this time in Formentera, also increased the hardness of the race and, therefore, the need for hydration by all athletes.

Furthermore, I would like to address another of the complaints that many of you have expressed to us, about the wait of almost two hours in the animation area at the start. This is an issue that has a simple explanation: the Organization uses all the buses available in Formentera to transfer the participants to the starting line, but these are not enough and, therefore, it is necessary to make several trips. In addition, both the place where the buses leave the runners at the start and on the access road, force this operation to be carried out in a staggered manner, hence the need for a reasonable time that may be more or less long depending on the place of collection and the turn of each one. In any case, we will also evaluate possible improvements for future editions.

Throughout these years, thanks to the effort and collaboration of all, we have achieved that both races, the Half Marathon of Formentera and the 8km Sant Ferran-La Savina, to have a recognized prestige that would not be fair to question because of the failures that may have occurred in this edition. Neither the team that works all year to make the best possible race; nor our sponsors and collaborators; nor Formentera and its people, who are committed to the race; nor each and every one of the participants who have had the opportunity to run with us in Formentera, because, sincerely, I think that there have been more successes than mistakes since we started organizing both races.

Therefore, from the commitment of the organization to start working on improvements for the next edition, paying attention to the contributions you want to make through our profiles on social media or our contact email, I reiterate my apologies for what happened and I hope we can continue to count on your presence in the next editions of the Formentera Half Marathon and the 8km Sant Ferran-La Savina.

Sincerely,
Manuel Hernández
General Manager of Unisport Consulting

Borja Rodríguez and Ionela Clara prevail in the XIII Mitja Marató de Formentera

14/05/2022 // Unisport Consulting

Foto sortida MitjaThe Madrid athlete Borja Rodríguez (Association Atlética de Móstoles) and the Romanian based in Valencia Ionela Clara, whose parents live in Formentera, have claimed victory in the XIII Mitja Marató de Formentera, held in summer heat. The winner posted an excellent time of 1:10:23”, beating Andreu Marimón, who started at 36”, at the finish line. The men’s podium was completed by Toni Gran, with a time of 1h13’35”. In females, the winner has invested 1h27’56” to travel the 21km route from the Faro de la Mola and the Port de la Savina, where the finish line was located. Isabel Parra has been the second classified, with a time of 1h29’35”, and third, Elena Sánchez, with a mark of 1h30’10”.
The Faro de la Mola has been the scene, one more edition, of the start of the test, in which 2,498 participants were registered. At 5:30 p.m., the president of Formentera, Ana Juan, cut the ribbon and the race began, under demanding conditions for the runners due to intense heat, which has put the participants to the test. Soon a group in the lead was formed, in which Borja Rodríguez was already found, who after passing km 10 has already stood out in first place, demonstrating his ambition. Behind, Andreu Marimón has been progressing and in the last kilometers he has been approaching the head of the race, but he has not been able to overcome Borja Rodríguez, who has managed to manage his advantage to cross the finish line in first place.

Foto Mitja

In women, the Romanian Ionela Clara has made an intelligent race, dosing efforts in the first kilometers, in which the protagonist has been Judit Pujol, first in the passage through the 10km. But from then on, the winner has accelerated the pace and has been beating rivals until placing herself in first position from km 14. Isabel Parra and Elena Sánchez have disputed the second place in a tight fight, in which they have prevailed the first.

They repeat victory in the 8km
At the same time as the half marathon, the 8km race between Sant Ferran and La Savina also started, with a registration of 1,225 runners, in which the winners of the 2021 edition, held then in the month of October. Diego Martínez has set a time of 28’15” at the finish line, ahead of Toni Ques (28’38”) and Llorenç Vidal (28’58”). In women, Roser Mañosa has once again demonstrated his superiority in this distance and has prevailed with a time of 33’03” to Cristina García (34’26”) and Natalia Fernández (35’05 “).

Ganador 8km
The test, which in this edition has recovered its usual date in the month of May, after being held in October 2021 and being suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic, has recovered the pre-pandemic participation figures and has once again become a sports festival and the good atmosphere in Formentera, thanks to the institutional support of the Consell de Formentera, the Agència d’Estratègia Turística de les Illes Balears (AETIB) and numerous sponsors and commercial collaborators such as Oysho, Trasmapi or Caixabank.

The organization apologizes for the lack of water
Even so, given the complaints of some runners about the lack of water at the provisioning points along the route and at the finish line, the organization recognizes that it has been insufficient, for which a public apology is made to all the runners. A fact that, from the organization, is justified by the intense heat that has occurred during the celebration of the test, which has caused a greater ingestion of liquid, and also by an erroneous forecast in the number of liters of water and containers not necessary reusable, given the commitment not to use single-use packaging.

Everything ready for the Mitja Marató de Formentera and the 8 km Sant Ferran – La Savina

13/05/2022 // Unisport Consulting

Recogida dorsales 2

More than 3,700 athletes will meet tomorrow, Saturday May 14, in Formentera to participate in the XIII Mitja Marató Illa de Formentera and the 8km Sant Ferran – La Savina, in the largest sporting event held on the island. Throughout the day today, the participants from different countries and parts of the national geography have been collecting their numbers in the tent set up at the finish line and will be able to continue doing so tomorrow morning as well.
The output of both tests will be at 5:30 p.m. The Mitja Marató will start from the La Mola lighthouse and the finish line will be located in the Port of La Savina. The 2,498 registered participants will cross the island to cover the 21,097 kilometers of distance. At the same time, the 8-kilometre test will start, starting in Sant Ferran and ending also in Port de la Savina. In this distance, a total of 1,225 athletes have registered.

Recogida dorsales
The test, which returns to its usual date in the month of May, after being held in October 2021 due to the pandemic and being suspended in 2020, has the institutional sponsorship of the Consell de Formentera and the Agència d’Estratègia Turística de les Illes Balears (AETIB) and its main commercial sponsors are Oysho, Trasmapi and Caixabank.
In 2021, the victory in the Mitja Marató went to José Mauel Caplliure, with a time of 1h11’04”, while in women the Dutch Nesrine Njeim prevailed, with a time of 1h 23’33”. In the 8Km, Diego Martínez (29’23”) and Roser Mañosa (32’31”) prevailed.

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