Coast to Coast Fuerteventura 2014

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Se cuentan las horas para que comience la tercera edición del Coast to Coast de Fuerteventura. Voluntarios, organización, corredores, clientes de Playitas Resort y hasta el famoso Depa, que hará de speaker, están preparados para el evento de ‘trail running’ del año en la isla majorera. En este 2014, la Coast to Coast tiene una motivación especial que no es otra que entrar en la edición del 2015 de la ‘Copa de Canarias de Carreras por Montaña’, por lo que miembros de la FECAMON estarán atentos al desarrollo de la misma.

Juan José Foulquié, ganador del Coast to Coast 2013 Ultra Maratón

En la edición del 2014 se ha variado algunos de los recorridos aunque las distancias siguen siendo las mismas que en la anterior. Habrá una ultra-maratón de 90 kms, una maratón de 42 y dos carreras adicionales de 20 y 10 kms para los ‘trail runners’ que quieran iniciarse en este apasionante deporte.

La ultra, considerada la prueba reina del Coast to Coast partirá desde la puerta del hotel de Playitas Resort a las 6:00 de la mañana para recorrer un total de 90 kms, llegar hasta Ajuy y emprender regreso hasta donde está situada la meta, justo en el centro neurálgico del complejo turístico Playitas Resort. En esta distancia, la zona mas dura es el Barranco del Jurado situado muy cerca de las cuevas de Ajuy aunque habrá que esperar a la llegada a meta para conocer las primeras impresiones de los ‘trail runners’. Se estima que la llegada del vencedor será sobre las 15.00 horas. Los avituallamientos serán cada 10 kms hasta el km 42 y a partir de este kilómetro serán cada 5 kms, siendo la altitud máxima a alcanzar de 679 metros.

DSC_0219La maratón de 42 kms partirá desde Ajuy hasta la meta de Playitas. Los participantes saldrán desde Playitas Resort en guaguas fletadas por la organización a las 6:45 de la mañana. Los ‘trail runners’ de 42 kms enlazarán la Presa de las Peñitas con la parte más nueva y dura del recorrido. La altitud máxima a alcanzar será de 665 metros.

Las distancias de 20 y de 10 kms también tienen salida desde Playitas Resort y los ‘trail runners’ de la trail de 10 kms recorrerán un circuito por las montañas hasta Gran Tarajal. Los participantes de 20 kms darán 2 vueltas a este circuito. En ambas distancias los avituallamientos serán cada 5 kilómetros.

En cuanto a la participación en la ultra, el vencedor del año pasado Juan José Foulquié se las verá con ‘trail runners’ de la talla de Luis Alonso Marcos “Luisete”, José Lémez o Alberto Pelaez entre otros aunque no menos reñida será la lucha que podrían tener en la distancia de 42 kms, Esteban García o Jachinso Hernández.

A esta hora, algunos de los más de 250 inscritos empiezan a retirar sus dorsales mientras la isla espera volcarse con la prueba.




Interview to Andreas Raelert


Andy Raelert has been training in Fuerteventura on the way to Kona. The German triathlete participated twice in the Olympics – 2000 and 2004 and has a vast collection of titles such as the world record at Challenge Roth, the Ironman European Championship and 3 times winner of the ‘Triathlete of the Year’ award.

Andy gave us an interview between training sessions and we had the opportunity to get to know him.

 Why did you start triathlon?

In 1992 when I saw a documentary about the Ironman World Championship in Kona and I was very fascinated to see the pictures about triathlon and then I decided when I was 16 years old (1993) to do it, so I did my first triathlon and I got addicted.

What’s the secret of Raelert brothers’ success?

Easy! 🙂 We train mostly together. Triathlon is a very individual sport but to improve yourself you need a worldclass group. If your brother is on a world class level we can push each other and sharing special moments, the good and the bad ones.That’s the way we enjoy triathlon.

Playitas Resort attended to Ironman Klagenfurt 2013 and we have to say your arrival was absolutely amazing. What did you feel when you arrived to the finish line as first triathlete?

Happy because my goal was to managed under 8 hours. I did it twice, not only in Klagenfurt, eight years ago in Roth I did it too but crossing the finish line is very emotional. That’s the reason triathlon is also so popular, the professional athletes and the age groups athletes are racing the same race which it’s really unique worldwide. In triathlon everybody gets though the same moments,  it’s like a rollercoaster even the winner is not having a smooth day  everybody is only cheering for you.  The only difference between professional and age group triathletes is just the time at the finish line. You have the feeling that everybody is just cheering for you and this moment is very very special. You are very proud you made it.

You are actually 38 and getting better as old wine. Where is your limit?

I’m not sure! In triathlon, especially on the long distance triathlon,  experience is what you need. If you go through on the single datas, in terms on speed, output on the bike and mileage for the run it’s all about experience. I’m not old enough to quit and I hope for still 3 more years to be at the top level.

Who is the most powerful of you brothers – Michael or Andreas?

Michael, unfortunately, has more talent that I have. He just have to be more patient. To be a world class athlete you have to be good at all three -swim, bike and run- We are brothers but with different characters. He’s younger but he needs to be patient. Sometimes Michael wants to go with his head through the wall and sometimes it works and sometimes not.

How long before do you travel to a race?

It depends. If it comes to a  very important race for me then I’d like to be at the destination a week before. If it is oversees with a different time zone then I travel 2 weeks before the race.

How many countries have you visited?

I think the right question would be: is there a country I haven’t travelled to? Yes, for sure I get around quiet a lot and it’s great to see all the different countries and nations with different cultures.


From left to right: Andrés Morente (Marketing Manager), Alexandra Lochmatter (Events & Groups Manager) and Andreas Raelert

Do you have much time to visit them or just for the race?

I’m not on a vacation trip as a professional. So I don’t see that much as you can see if you are on a holiday but if you are on a training camp or longer you try to get around and you see a lot, if you are focused on the race you don’t see much, but when your mind is free you can see a lot.

Some tips for training?

Never lose the passion, never forget what you want and really enjoy it!

Why do you choose Playitas for training?

Playitas is a very unique place worldwide. I’m looking for the best facilities where I can train and at Playitas you have a perfect pool for swimming, great weather all year long, good roads for cycling, low traffic and some nice training trails around the resort. The staff are very helpful and focused on training as well as providing everything a professional athlete requires, the food is also of a high standard for professional athletes.

What can you tell us about Fuerteventura?

Sometimes it can be a bit windy – September and October are not that windy and after a training camp it can be that you feel it was too long on the island with all the heat and the wind but then when you arrive home you just want to return to Fuerteventura as soon as possible. 🙂

Favorite meal?


Favorite place to live?

Where my friends are

How many hours do you train a week?

High volume: 45hrs, low volume: 15hrs

Swim, bike or run?

On a good day three, on a bad day none of these.

Final remarks…

Great area, great club, great staff who takes care of the athletes and I will be back in November and hopefully next year.

Thank you Andy and never lose your smile!

Finding the way

1When it comes to gearing up for workout, perseverance is the key to success.

* How important is the regular physical activity for good health?

* Looking for some effective ways to transform your body?

Regular physical activity is important to maintain a healthy weight or even if you are trying to lose weight fast. If you are looking for transforming your body, we introduce you some exercises that will help you to reach your goal in no time. Of course, you can practice all of them at Playitas Resort. Don’t hesitate and ask to our fitness instructors how to do exercises properly. Please, do it!

Push-ups can be done anywhere and is an exercise that people avoid, but it can do wonders for your body as well as lunges. Lunges give you such amazing results because use your body weight to strengthen your legs, arms and stomach. That’s the reason they are extremely effective.

The squat is a full-body exercise that works many muscles. Doing squats regularly you will ‘incinerate’ a lot of calories to transform your body.

Good news for all who love swimming. It’s a workout that will bring you astonishing results. We have an Olympic Pool at Playitas that you can enjoy the whole year with a water temperature between 25 and 26 degrees. If you love ‘open water’ swimming, the beach nearby Playitas provides you the best experience in the Atlantic Sea.

There are many benefits of running because transforms your body like nothing else. Running is one of the top activities for burning fat. At Playitas, we see people running especially early in the morning, and think it’s one of the best exercises to do every day.C2C promo C7 logo blanco

Start riding the ‘red line’ for almost 4 k and discover how beautiful the island of Fuerteventura is.  Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness. Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles. Just make sure you do them on a regular basis to see the best results as we wrote on the top – perseverance-.

One more thing, quite simple… Free your mind! 😉