The classic 21 kilometres return with more inclusivity to the bridge

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Guilherme Costa Oliveira

The classic 21 kilometres that take place between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia returns to Luís I Bridge. This Sunday, eight thousand national and international athletes, will run through the streets of two cities, at 9AM, in an edition of Porto’s Half Marathon which brings some news with the participation of paralympic and blind athletes and the return to Domingos Castro Road, world runner-up in 1987.

After the construction work made to the lower deck of Luis I Bridge, the competition goes back “to having a charismatic and unique itinerary in its riverside route”, the councillor for Youth and Sports recalled in the press conference that officially initiated the 16th edition of the race.

Catarina Araújo considers that the high number of registrations attests to the relevancy “of a highly regarded competition that plays a role in Porto increasingly affirming itself, not only as a cultural, heritage, and tourist destination, but also as an excellent sports destination”.

As for Jorge Teixeira, chief executive of Runporto that is organising the competition, highlighted how this year’s editions presents “a more plane and competitive route”.

The starting and arrival point of this Half Marathon is D. Carlos I Avenue, next to Passeio Alegre. Between the two cities, athletes from 78 nationalities will run, alongside them, the Domingos twins, and Dionísio Castro, Fernanda Ribeiro, Ezequiel Canário, António Pinto, José Regalo, and Paulo Guerra.

In parallel to the main competition, there is also a 5k minimarathon to be run in family or among friends and is aimed at runners of all ages.

A passagem dos oito mil atletas pela cidade terá interferência ao nível da circulação automóvel. Os condicionamentos podem ser conhecidos no documento em anexo.

The eight thousand athletes crossing through the cities will interfere with traffic. The constraints can be found in the documents attached.