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Alcantarilla vibrated one more day with the fifth edition of the Popular Air Base Race (25/02/2018)

In the early hours of the morning, Alcantarilla saw another year like Adolfo Suárez Square and Calle Mayor and Avenida Príncipe, were "taken" by about two thousand runners and hundreds of other people who did not want to miss the fifth edition of the Popular Race Sewer Aerial Base.

Once again a great success of participation, organization and collaboration, which makes them consolidate among the best in our Region.

Colorful, spectacle and a "human river", that at ten o'clock began the race with the "pistol shot" of exit that gave the chief colonel of the Sewer Air Base and director of the Military School of Parachute "Méndez Parada", who was accompanied by the mayors of Alcantarilla and Murcia, Joaquín Buendía and José Ballesta, the president of the Athletics Federation of the Region of Murcia, Juanma Molina, as well as the members of the two municipal corporations that participated in the two distances, 5 and 14 kilometers with exit and finish in the main street.

Taking the long test its way through Sangonera la Seca and then pass through the interior of the Base, by the airstrip or by the mattress of the parachute launches, having the control tower as a guide and the aircraft that for a day were great spectators of this great test.

It was a good edition to commemorate and celebrate the anniversaries on the one hand of the 70th anniversary of the First Parachute Jump at the Military School of Parachuting "Méndez Parada" and on the 40th of the creation of the PAPEA, the Acrobatic Patrol Parachute Patrol of the Air Force.

But it was also for Sewer, because the runners passing through the 1.9 kilometer saw another institution in our municipality to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Ethnological Museum of La Huerta, along with its beautiful Rueda de Alcantarilla.

The absolute masculine triumph in the 14 kilometers was for the athlete of the San Javier Team Inassa, Mohamed Sellam, Moroccan resident in the town of Cieza and who recently won the Half Marathon of Molina de Segura, with a time of 47 minutes and 2 seconds ( almost two minutes over the one made by Antonio Martínez last edition), José Domingo Ruiz Morales, with 47:09 and third, Rajao's runners runner Antonio Iniesta, in 47:51.

The absolute female winner was Athlete San Sebastian de los Reyes Maria Sanchez, Salamanca based in Madrid, to prevail in his test, with a time of 54 minutes and 27 seconds (this time his time was two and a half minutes below of the time Mercedes Merino made last year).

After it entered the winner in Veterans 45 Maria Lopez Candela, who performed the test in 54:44, followed by the first Master40 Inmaculada Perez, Santomera Triathlon Club, stopping the clock at 57:06 (time this of the winner of the last edition).

In five kilometers we had sewer representation on both podiums, since in women the victory achieved by Almudena García, athlete of Fondistas de Alcantarilla, with a time of 18 minutes and 54 seconds, four seconds less than in the previous edition, followed by María Pereira , with 20:41 and Esther Nicolás, from Grupo Alcaraz, with 21:18.

While men the winner was the athlete of Grupo Alcaraz Santiago Bujeque, with 16 minutes and 29 seconds, two seconds more than last year, beating Sergio Abellán, from Fondistas de Alcantarilla, with a time of 16:47 and Alberto García , from CA Murcia Tovarsport, 16:52

One more year we have the participation in the test of 14 km of the Lieutenant General of the Air Force, since last December, appointed by the Council of Ministers, general director of INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology), José María Salom Piqueres, or those of the mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, next to the colonel director of the General Air Academy, Miguel Ivorra, or of Lieutenant Colonel Casas, leading a large group of sappers, of the Parachute Sappers Squadron of the Air Force , with his military clothes, with one of his pennants and with the songs of his military training.

As in previous editions, the benefits that have been obtained from it will be destined this year, for two solidarity associations, non-profit, this time for AFES (Association of Mental Health of Murcia and Regions), the Association Pure Heart, created for the attention and intervention, the defense and the representation in infantile-juvenile age with disability and / or mental illness and another part of those benefits for Spanish Red Cross.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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