This Saturday was held the Vueling Benidorm Half 2019 (XXXV Benidorm International Half Marathon) and the race of the 10K, marked by excellent weather. At 18.30h the starting gun was fired from the Mediterranean Avenue, new location for the start and finish of the runners, in a race that brought together more than 3,000 athletes in both events, with a high percentage of foreigners, coming from more than 33 countries. The route that traveled both beaches, the urban area of Benidorm and consolidates this test as a test of sports tourism.
In the men's general classification the winner was the Moroccan athlete Hassane Ahouchar, with a time of 1:07:24, ahead of Severino Felipe (1:07:47) and Jorge Bardisa (1:08:27). In the Women's General category, Patricia Cabedo was the winner (1:21:43), followed by British Suzie Richars (1:24:06) and Cristina Ordoñez in third place (1:25:54).
In the 10K the winner was Francisco Macia (0:31:51), after him, Pablo Garcia (0:32:15) and in third place Juanfran Fernandez (0:32:19). In the female category, the first place went to the Italian Giulia Vettor (0:37:24), followed by Sandra Hervás (0.39:41) and Tania Salamanca (0:40:21).
Concerning the local athletes, in the Men's Half Marathon, the first to cross the finish line was Juan Antonio Fernández (1:11:20); the second was Rubén Caballero (1:13:44); and the third was Angel Bañón (1:20:25). In the female category, the first was Sonia Tirado (1:29:49), followed by Cristina Gómez (1:41:43) and Charo Serrano (1:49:31).
In the 10K, first place went to Vicente Moncho (0:36:46), followed by Juan Gilabert (0:37:08) and Javier Lópezs (0:38:53). In the female category, Pilar Rodríguez obtained the best time (0:43:40), followed by Damaris Tirado (0:45:37) and Lucia del Mar Pérez (0:46:32).
This year, as a new initiative, Fundación Telefónica, in its integration project "Zapatillas solidarias", has allowed the participation of 12 people in social exclusion and who, for the first time, have participated in an athletic event outside Madrid, enjoying the event on the beaches of Benidorm, as a platform for improvement, thus instilling the values of sport.