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Running The Camino

Discussion in 'Cycling the Camino de Santiago' started by Josh unçu, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. Josh unçu

    Josh unçu Member

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    The race of the Pilgrim.
    The Sport makes people... The Camino joins them. -logo_negro.jpg

    It is a new concept in the world of running the Way.
    The event represents the union of the values of the Olympics with them Jacobean values.
    The French way will be the route chosen for the competition.

    The Pilgrim's career will presented a real challenge in which participants explore their limits and will test their values such as friendship and work as a team.
    The runners, organized in 30 teams of 10 people each, will carry out the relay race of 785 kilometers that separate both points (Roncesvalles and Santiago).

    The event will take place between the 18 and 24 of June of 2017.
    The 6 stages will be:
    Roncesvalles - Logroño: 138 km.
    Logroño - Burgos: 124 km.
    Burgos - León: 179 km.
    León - Ponferrada: 102 km.
    Ponferrada-Sarria: 91 km.
    Sarria - Santiago de Compostela: 117 km.
    Ultreia Runners.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    This just goes to show that nothing is sacred anymore. I'm guessing that the organizers of this ultra-run have never been pilgrims. The idea of using an historical pilgrimage route as a race course for a week in June is disturbing! Can you imagine, 300 runners on the Camino passing you with the goal of beating their fellow competitors to SdC? At the purely visceral level, there is just something wrong with this picture. It's bad enough that some groups of Spandex clad bicyclists use the Camino as their personal racetrack as they speed carelessly around pilgrims. I can't imagine anything much more disruptive to my contempletive journey than to a group of ultra athletes annoyed having to go around me interferring with their quest to reach the finish line first.
     
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    I am sorry Wily,
    Pure business and anything to get more money. Where is the spirit of the Pilgrim?
    The President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the head of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco, were responsible for presenting the Pilgrim's career.
    Thanks that by then I will have finished my French way and I will be preparing the route of the Camino del Norte.
     
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    This might be the sort of thing that YorkieUltraRunner would be interested in – He used to post on here and ran the Camino Frances himself earlier this year

    Best Regards

    Rob
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    I really don't have any objection to how a given individual decides to do the Camino (i.e., walk, run, bike). But, I do think it extremely insensitive of an organization, particularly one lead by a Spaniard, to think that the Camino is at all an appropriate location for an ultra-marathon race. These aren't pilgrims racing across Spain and I highly doubt that the "spirit of the Camino" is found at the end of the day.
     
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    I would be unhappy to be passed by a heard of runners. One or two at a time would be ok, but a bunch would not "make my day".
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Well said UnkleHammy (nice Clint Eastwood reference!)
     
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    When I crossed the Pyrenees in early May, a race was going on. I only saw one runner and a person that was putting small signs up to guide the runners. If this race has as small "irritation level" as the one that passed me, going in the direction of France, then all should be OK.
     
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    Dear UnkleHammy,
    Perhaps they will not be a lot of runners together, like a tour of France, ( runners 1 of each team, so 30 ), but I can't imagine, all the equipment that support the race, the camera & recordings, the news-media, the support of each group-team, remenber that Spanish Olympic Committee is behind.
    If you want to register here is what they offer.
    THE CAREER ORGANIZATION OFFERS:
    *-All the meals and accommodation in hotels of three stars.
    *-Shifts or transfers
    *-The COMPOSTELA
    certifies the accomplishment of the Camino de Santiago
    *-Physiotherapy and podoligia (to the end of the race)
    *-Permanent medical support
    *-Pole and pants of the event
    *-T-shirt technical of competition
    *-Mass of the Peregrine
    *-Bordon of the event as a final prize
    *: Charges to compete:
    600 EURO each.
     
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    3oo joggers plus support, media, and hangers on has the potential to really stretch resources. Just feels wrong to me.
     
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    Hi Fluffkitten,
    But as I said " Pure business and anything to get more money".
    They want all the foreing pilgrims with full wallet enjoying food and drink in the name of Saint James.
    Sorry to say it so crude.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Josh - Your comments aren't crude at all. Honest and accurate! In addition to this race using the trail, I find it even more objectionable that they are advertising receiving a Compostela as part of their package. Since this is awarded to those who complete the jouney for spiritual or religious reasons, I'm just a bit surprised that those issuing the Compostela would sanction it.
     
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    That's not crude just accurate unfortunately, the standard way of much of the world. :(

    Like Wily what really raises my eyebrow is the Compostela bit, I feel slightly horrified that it is being used in such a blatantly commercial venture. Wouldn't all 300 runners have to complete the last leg from Saria to qualify anyway or are these people expecting the rules to be changed just for them.

    Anyway thank goodness I'm not planning on being on the Camino Frances while this circus is happening but I feel for anyone who gets their pilgrimage disrupted by it.
     
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    Friends,
    My only possible answer is ".. who makes the law, makes the rules"
    As always the powerful, the Government of Galicia, the Cabildo of Compostela & the Olympic Committee.
    Life is a journey and in this Way they decide. Or Not?
     
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    I remember how lost inside my own head I was many times on my Camino, thinking and revising my past and planning for the future, and comparing the two...I think a herd of runners, regardless of speed would possibly startle me to death. And I LOVE to run, just not on this route. The joy (for me mind you) was the time to think, something we seem to lose in our daily life, were we are so busy doing that we lose time being. Again, IMHO only.
     
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    Dear pilgrims,
    If being in your way (French), between the 18 & 24 of June 2017, and this race reaches you.
    The spirit is to sit down and rest, letting them rush. Ultreia to all.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Josh - As much as I hate seeing the Camino used in this way, I like your idea! As such events are out of our control, all we can control is how we react to it. Therefore, a positive attitude will undoubtedly go a long way for anyone on the Camino at that time. Buen Camino!
     
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    Perhaps, and I am just spit-balling here, the best course would be to sit at one of those great rest stops for a wine or cold beer, and cheer on the runners. That is a great suggestion Josh!
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    I'm thinking that the wine fountain at Bodegas Irache might be the perfect gathering spot!
     
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    Looking at the schedule, it seems as though a 1 or 2 day break in carefully chosen locations might get over the crowd problem.
     
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