Saturday 1st March was the Music Marathon in Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Isles. It is a sporting event that has several running categories for adults and children.
The Music Marathon Festival takes place along The Avenida, a long coast road / promenade flanked on one side with the azure blue of Atlantic Ocean, miles of golden beach with hundreds of swaying palm trees. On the opposite side are shops, restaurant and cafes, all overlooking the ocean with views to Fuerteventura, the neighbouring Island. This year I decided to sign up for the 10.5kms (1/4 of a marathon). Having never competed in an official race before, I was nervous!
On the day the weather changed from being cloudy and at times a tad cool to a cloudless sky and a burning sun! The event kicked off at 3:30pm for the children and 4pm for adults. The temperature by then was around 26c.... phew! The course was along, The Avenida to Hotel Las Costas and back to Calle Guanapay. For the 10.5km, two laps were needed (four laps for the 1/2 marathon and one for the 5km). Throughout the route people were cheering the runners along with bands playing live music, photographers snapping perspiring brows and an excited commentator relaying the events through large speakers, all this activity creating a wonderful festive atmosphere.
Puerto Del Carmen beach
My part in this spectacular event had me finishing third in my age group and a time of 1:10:37. Not the fastest runner out there, but my aim was to finish and I did!
And would I do it again? Yes!