Photos: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Updated 17 December: Adeje Ayuntamiento says that almost €18,000 was raised during this year’s Walk for Life, with the ‘pink wave’ that unites Adeje and Arona every year bringing over 3,500 walkers, runners and riders onto the street last weekend. Money is collected via registration, donations, a raffle, and the sale of many related items, counted in the presence of an official notary and all the money raised goes the two Spanish cancer associations, AMATE and AECC, investigation and research into treatment, and the running of The Pink Room, a dedicated space in Adeje.
This year the route was from Compostela Beach, in Arona, to the Magma Arte & Congreso centre in Adeje, just under 4 kilometres, with live music and dancing at both locations. And for the first time there was also a race for life, with over 130 entrants running ahead of the walkers. The winner in the men’s category was Gilberto Mendoza Alvarez in a time of 12.06” and in the women’s category Adrienn Mozes who finished in 15.03”.
Following the runners a ‘gang’ of bikers set off, well decorated with pink ribbons, balloons, wings and teddies, and after them the main body of walkers, led by a steel band. Upon arrival there were refreshments and fruit free for all participants, and a raffle with a terrific range of donated prizes. There were a number of winning tickets unclaimed – more information on the numbers and prizes on the Carrera por la Vida /Walk for Life facebook page.
The organisers extended their thanks to the many public and private bodies who participated and donated to the event.
Original post 23 November: The annual Walk for Life, now in its twelfth year, will be held on Sunday 11 December, starting at the Compostela Beach/CC Oasis in Playa de las Américas and ending at the Magma Centre, a distance of 3.5km. Walkers will set off at 11am, but there’s an innovation this year, and there’s a race for those who wish to run the distance – they will start at 10.45am. As always, participants are advised to turn up early as there are lots of activities planned before the official set off.
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, alternately starting in Adeje and Arona, and ending in the other municipality. The event has a dedicated website HERE.