Dashing Dario plans non-stop 174-mile marathon up to Teide
A 35-YEAR-OLD Canarian athlete plans to run non-stop for an astonishing 280km (174 miles) around Tenerife to the top of Mount Teide in just four days.
Dario Dorta, who is being backed by the Cabildo, is hoping to raise thousands of euros for two charitable groups with his marathon “Runspiral 2012” ordeal.
It begins on 14th September in Santa Cruz and follows a spiral route, all the way up to El Teide, and ends on the 17th.
The two organisations are the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and the Maria Garcia-Estrada Foundation.
The latter is a fund-raising cancer-research group which, in particular, contributes to the battle against a rare type of cancer called sarcoma, which occurs in the bones or tissues, such as muscles or nerves.
RunSpiral is a sports-solidarity initiative to raise funds for associations and foundations linked to the study and research against cancer.
Dorta has taken part in various sporting activities from an early age, and his experience includes three Ironman competitions, which require tremendous feats of endurance.
He has also been an athletics coach, a national triathlon coach and a member of the Spanish Paralympics squad as a guide for ONCE.
His incredible journey takes him from Santa Cruz through Candelaria, Granadilla, Guía de Isora, Masca, Teno Alto, Carrizales, Buenavista, Garachico, La Orotava and, finally, El Teide itself!
The event was launched on Wednesday by Cabildo President Ricardo Melchior, Minister of Sports Jesus Perez and Dario himself, together with representatives from AECC and Ana Luis Bartlet and Dulce Acevedo, from Maria Garcia-Estrada.
Melchior said of Dorta: “He is a generous, caring man, thinking of others and helping by doing what he does best, and that is running.
“I encourage all Tenerife to work with this initiative, either by buying a solidarity T-shirt or participating in some sections of the run to support him.
“It is a difficult challenge because there are four straight days of running, but I am sure he will succeed.”
Super-fit Dorta, who has been training for up to 100 miles a day at weekends, and has even run for 40 hours at a stretch, said: “I want to thank the support of all institutions and sponsors, and I am sure that I will complete the challenge and get to the top of Teide.
“I encourage all those who want to contribute their bit for the fight against cancer to join this project. I’ll be having a half-hour stop in certain places, but I think I will be running three nights without sleep.”
He added: “To do this, I will have a multi-disciplinary team looking after me, including a doctor and a psychologist, and I’ll be eating specific foods.”
Solidarity T-shirts cost 10 euros and are on sale at Intersport at the Meridian Mall in Carrefour, Santa Cruz. Call 922 22 83 44 for more information.
The organisers have set a symbolic price of two euros per kilometre if you’d like to help Dorta through his great run, and you can “buy” the number of kilometres you wish to run.
To do so, you must make a deposit to the Solidarity Runspiral Miles Account No 3076-0320-91-2234025514. You must also send an email with proof of payment to the address firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also place your name and number of miles you’ve bought at: www.runspiral.com/solidarios/ if you wish.
All event information is available at www.runspiral.com
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