AS part of the annual Marbella 4Days Walking event, on Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11, children aged from four-12 years and their families are invited to participate in two six-kilometre routes around Marbella.
Starting at between 11.30am and 12pm each day, young walkers and their families will leave Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo, in the centre of Marbella. On Day One the route will take them along the beautiful Paseo Maritimo and up via the Marbella Club Hotel, along Ricardo Soriano and down to rejoin the paseo back to the Puerto Deportivo.
On Day Two the route will take participants along the paseo to the fishing port and into Marbella, walking through the Parque del la Represa to the top of Marbella and then back down to the paseo again.
All children will receive a Marbella 4Days Walking rucksack with water and snacks, sponsored by Formato2Design and Escuela Infantil Coleta. After they have completed the event there will be fun family activities to enjoy above the leisure port, right by the playground. Participants can register to take part in the family event on the website www.marbella4dayswalking.com for a cost of just €2.50 per child whilst adults walk for free.
As well as allowing registration for the walks, the website gives details of the walking activities for adults and the charities with which the group is involved.
This is an excellent challenge for all the family, a great way to explore less well-known parts of Marbella, get fit and meet new people. Organisers suggest getting ready for the event by walking regularly and building up the distance that you walk each week, so everyone is prepared for the distance.
This is a great way to integrate more exercise into children’s lives and develop a lifelong love of walking. They welcome groups from nurseries and schools and offer special group discounts for 10 or more walkers and adults supervising groups of more than 10 children.
To inspire more children to get active, the organisers have invited 300 children from Marbella’s school CEIP Xarblanca to walk a six-kilometre route on October 8, accompanied by teachers and parents.
‘This year we’re celebrating our fifth anniversary and we wanted to do something special,’ explained organiser Hans Wohl. ‘We are collaborating with Xarblanca School to offer their students a free place on a special six-kilometre route and allowing them to experience the event, exercise and explore Marbella.
‘The teachers will be supporting this activity in the classroom with educational activities and believe it will be highly beneficial for their students and we hope that this pilot scheme can be the start of a roll-out of a bigger project with schools next year.’