Update 11 December: Below is a map of the route the walk will follow, and the traffic restrictions that will be in place during the event.
Update 5 December: It’s not long now. The Walk for Life 2015, now in its 11th year, and which takes place on Sunday next week, 13 December, will have a ‘marshall’ or ‘padrino’ in Spanish – Basketball legend Alejandro Martínez.
Full details of the walk will be announced on Wednesay, 9 December, at a press conference in the Hotel Paradise Park in Los Cristianos given by Walk for Life founder Brigette Gypen and the Mayors Fraga and Mena of Adeje and Arona. The walk has always unified the two boroughs, with the thousands of walkers making up the pink wave walking from one borough to the other, alternating departure and arrival points, every year. The regional government’s public health director general Ricardo Redondas Marrero will also be present.
Alejandro Martínez, has been very active in the promoting the fight agaisnt breast cancer within the sport of basketball and in October persuaded the ACB league referees to use pink whistles during matches throughout Spain. The idea was well received and given that, and other parallel campaigns, he was the perfect choice as the Walk for Life marshall for 2016. Martínez has been named the League’s top trainer on a number of ocassions. Brigitte Gypen praised his awareness-raising campaigns, saying “attitudes such as he is demonstrating are exactly what is needed to support people going through extremely difficult times and also help visualise the issue and spread the message that we can fight against this cancer”.
This year’s walk will leave from the Magma Arte & Congresos centre, and organisers invite particpants to arrive early – probably by 10am if possible – to register and enjoy the pre-walk atmosphere. You can also register in advance online at carreraporlavida.com.
Original post 19 November: The annual Walk for Life will be held on Sunday 13 December, starting at the Magma Centre and heading along the coast to Los Cristianos, a total distance of 4.8 km. Walkers will set off at 10.30am, but are advised to turn up early as there are lots of activities planned before the official set off. There will be more detailed information in due course.
For those who don’t already know, the walk takes place every December, and is a rallying call for cancer sufferers and survivors. It’s a unifying event which brings together Spanish cancer charities and support organisations, people living with cancer, their friends and families, those who have sadly lost someone to cancer, and on a wider scale the general public of Adeje and Arona, a multi-cultural mix in itself, as the walk always crosses from one borough to another, alternatively starting in Adeje and ending in Arona, or vice-versa.