Marie Truscott has contacted us to let us know that she and friends from Digby’s Sports Bar & Restaurant will be undertaking the Mirador Challenge on Sunday 8th April 2018 to raise funds for the DBF and one other worthy cause.
We are extremely grateful to Marie who has got together 2 teams of 5 to take part in this clearly very beautiful but tough challenge.
The group are in the process of setting up a crowdfunding page and we’ll let you know as soon as we have the details. In the meantime if you’d like to support them and raise money for the DBF through their efforts, please contact Marie who can give you more information.
Email: Marie Truscott
What is the Mirador Challenge?
The Mirador Challenge is a medium-distance endurance walk of approximately 29 kilometres which links a network of 15 designated viewpoints located along the wonderful coastline of Jávea. It is aimed at teams of five walkers who begin in the early morning at the Granadella mirador and then pass along the coast in a northward direction to arrive at the last viewpoint of ‘Els Molins’, the iconic windmills which sit above the town of Jávea and afford stunning views all the way back to the start-point.
The idea behind the development of the Mirador Challenge was primarily to open up this official network of “miradors” to many more people who would be otherwise unaware of their existence. The secondary aim was to create a timed endurance walk covering many different types of terrain that would complement Jávea’s excellent sporting and leisure calendar.
There are two disciplines for taking part in the Mirador Challenge:
The ‘Sports’ option is for those who want to test themselves by covering the entire length of the challenge in the fastest time possible. The clock will begin at the start-line at Mirador La Granadella and stop at the finish-line at Mirador Els Molins. However, teams will be allowed to stop for a maximum of 20 minutes at Mirador Creu del Portitxol for snacks and drinks with the time spent removed from the final time. They are still required to check in at each mirador but will be afforded priority. The current record is 4 hours and 19 minutes. Running is not allowed and teams will be penalised with time added to their final time if any member of their team is seen to do so.
The ‘Leisure’ option is for those who want to take it easy and enjoy the stunning views as they pass along the route. It is not a timed event, insomuch as the time taken to complete the entire route will not be taken into account, it is not important and the fastest team may not necessarily win the event. However, Leisure teams must complete each of the three phases within a specified time limit and complete the whole route by 4.00pm; any team that is deemed unlikely to complete the phases within these time-frames will be disqualified and finish their experience at the next available mirador. Each team will be set a task or series of tasks to be completed along the course and it is their success at doing so which will determine the winning teams. Running is not allowed and teams will be penalised accordingly if any member of their team is seen to do so.
The Mirador Challenge follows an established route along the stunning coastline of Jávea from Mirador La Granadella in the south to Mirador Els Molins in the north.
Who can take part in the Mirador Challenge?
Anyone over the age of 16 with the drive and determination to get themselves along the almost 30 kilometres route from the forest of La Granadella in the south to the windmills of Els Molins in the north can take part in the Mirador Challenge. You don’t have to be mega-fit to take part but we do recommend a few training sessions in the weeks leading up to the event and if you live in the area if would be advantageous to spend a couple of hours each week walking through several sections of the route to get accustomed to it.
When is the next Mirador Challenge?
The next edition of the Mirador Challenge is scheduled for Sunday 8th April 2018. The registration period will open at the end of February and will close at 6.00pm on Friday 30th March or when the team limit has been reached, whichever comes first. The event is limited to 30 teams of five walkers and registration is on a first-come, first served basis with teams which provide a volunteer to assist the organisation team during the event given priority. (Team captains are invited to give notice of their intention to participate now as well as provide contact details for their volunteer(s) who will be contacted directly by the organisers.) Registrations will only be confirmed on receipt of a complete registration form (full name, identification number and date of birth of each team member) and the registration fee (2018 price t.b.c.) paid either in cash or via bank transfer (details on the registration form).
You can find out more about the Mirador Challenge by checking out their website:Java Hike