THE Centre of Alicante was brough to a standstill on Sunday when a massive ‘solidarity race was held to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer.
It was the fifth edition of the Race of Cities against Pancreatic Cancer, a sporting event to push for the need for scientific research into ways of improving the diagnosis and treatment of the cancer.
More than simply raising awreness, the race also raises funds for research and gives grants to scientific studies.
The mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala, and Councillor for Sports, José Luis Berenguer, started the event which was organised by the Spanish Association of Pancreatology (AESPANC) and the Pancreatic Cancer Association (ACANPAN), in collaboration with the Department of Sports of the City of Alicante.
Since the first race in January 2015 between the municipalities of Muchamiel and San Juan,there have been events in Las Rozas, Rome, Milan, Orihuela, Terrassa, Vilamartin de Veldeorras and Bologna. Since the beginning of this activity in different Spanish cities, 25,655 people have participated, €355,000 have been raised and 146,214 kilometres have been covered.