THE Third Eurafrica Trail will be the first mountain race anywhere in the world to be held between two continents and three countries now that Gibraltar will be the starting point for the race that moves on to Spain and Morocco.
The two previous events have seen 1,000 participants from nine different countries compete and the first stage will see athletes undertake the four kilometre vertical climb from Europa Point to O’ Hara’s Battery (via Mediterranean Steps).
The Gibraltar Vertical Climb will be the starting point of an unprecedented race which will take in the already established stages of the 25 or 50 kilometre leg in the Alcornocales Natural Park in Spain and the final 40 kilometre leg in Chefchaouen, Morocco, with the trail commencing on October 11 and finishing on October 15.
In addition to the competitive side of the event the Eurafrica Trail organisers are very conscious of the natural environment within which the race is held and the communities that it involves.
Thanks to this element of social responsibility, initiatives such as the planting of the Eurafrica Forest have taken place so that this project alone reversed the carbon footprint of the event last year. In addition, the cleaning of river channels took place in the Alcornocales Natural Park in Cadiz.
Registration for the event opens on March 30 and can be accessed at www.eurafricatrail.com.