The Spanish Olympic Committee and the regional government sponsor la ‘Carrera del Peregrino’
The president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the chairman of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco, were the hosts of the launching event of La Carrera del Peregrino in Santiago de Compostela last May.
The runners, divided in 10 teams formed by 10 people each, will relay race the distance of 785 kilometres that separates Roncesvalles from Santiago, also visiting Logroño, Burgos, León, Ponferrada and Sarria.
The Galician government considered this initiative to be an amazing chance to “link the Jubilee and the Olympic values”, as Núñez Feijóo stated: “the race will be held in the Year of the Mercy, and also the Olympic year that marks the 120th anniversary since the first Games of the modern era, Athens 1886”.
Carrera del Peregrino launching event
Meanwhile, the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, the institution behind this race, believes it could become “a new reference on the European sports scene in two or three-years’ time”.
The French Way (the route selected for this competition) was accomplished by 172.000 people in 2015, which constitutes two thirds of the overall pilgrims. In addition to this, El Camino de Santiago has been the meeting point for 178 nationalities, which is why this original initiative, according to the president of the Xunta, could become “the seed of one of the most beautiful events in the world, practising sport while going on a pilgrimage”.
La Carrera del Peregrino is sure to be a true challenge where the participants will explore their limits and will have to show strong values such as comradeship and teamwork. In the same way, in addition to the competitive side of the event, the partakers will be able to discover traditions and typical aspects of the municipalities they will visit, getting to know more about their culture and gastronomy. The winners will be awarded with a sculpture specifically carved by a Galician artist for the occasion.