4ª Travesía a nado Playitas Resort – Gran Tarajal // 4th Open Water Swimming Contest Playitas Resort – Gran Tarajal //4. Schwimmrennen Playitas Resort – Gran Tarajal

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El sábado 27 de agosto de 2016 tuvo lugar la 4ª Travesía a nado Playitas Resort – Gran Tarajal. La prueba de 5 kilómetros en aguas abiertas batió el record de inscritos con 101 nadadores que salieron de Playitas Resort con dirección a Gran Tarajal. El vencedor en categoría masculina fue Travis Bramley con un tiempo de 56’15” mientras que en la femenina se impuso Laura Adorni con un crono de 56’56”.

Un gran ambiente el vivido el sábado con mucho público tanto en la salida como en la meta. Muchas gracias a todos los patrocinadores, voluntarios, ayuntamiento y a nuestros compañeros de Playitas Resort por la ayuda en la prueba. El año que viene, más y mejor 🙂

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On Saturday, the 27th of august 2016, the 4th swim from the Playitas Resort to Gran Tarajal took place. The race of 5 km in open water beat the record of registered people with 101 swimmers, who departure from Playitas Resort in the direction of Gran Tarajal. The winner from the men has been Travis Bramley with a time of 56,15“minutes while the feminine winner has been Laura Adorni with a time of 56,56” minutes.

On Saturday there has been a great atmosphere with a big audience at the start as well as at the goal. A big thank you to all the participants, volunteers, the community and our colleagues from Playitas Resort, for the help in this race. And in the next year, more and better 🙂

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Am Samstag, den 27. August 2016, fand der 4. Schwimmlauf vom Playitas Resort nach Gran Tarajal statt. Das 5 km Rennen im offenen Meer brach dieses Jahr den Rekord an eingeschriebenen Personen mit 101 Schwimmern, welche vom Playitas Resort aus in Richtung Gran Tarajal starteten. Sieger unter den Männern wurde Travis Bramley mit einer Zeit von 56,15“, während Laura Adorni mit einer Zeit von 56,56“ Erste bei den Frauen.

Am Samstag herrschte eine großartige Stimmung mit vielen Zuschauern sowohl beim Start am Playitas Resort als auch im Ziel. Ein großes Dankeschön für die Hilfe beim Rennen geht an alle Teilnehmer, Freiwilligen Helfer, die Gemeinde und unsere Kollegen vom Playitas Resort. Nächstes Jahr wieder, größer und besser 🙂

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Correr si, pero ¿cuánto?

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Correr, correr y correr. Vayas donde vayas, ciudad, pueblo, playa… sólo ves a gente corriendo. Dicen que esta fiebre del running viene dada por la crisis económica y por ser un deporte barato. Que mucha gente necesitaba una escapatoria y se puso a correr como en la película de Forrest Gump. Sea como fuere, correr, el running o el footing sigue estando de moda.

Pero además de los kilómetros que uno hace en el parque, en la montaña o en su lugar favorito, también se han puesto de moda las carreras de todos los estilos, distancias y superficies. Sin ir más lejos, en Playitas Resort organizamos la cuarta edición de la Fuerteventura Coast2Coast que se celebrará el 26 de septiembre con sus 4 modalidades: la ultra de 90 kilómetros, la trail-marathon de 42 kilómetros y dos carreras paralelas de 20 y 10 kilómetros para los que se inician en este tipo de carreras o para los que simplemente no necesitan grandes retos.

Pero la fiebre de los runners da para escribir ‘kilómetros’ y así con una ligera búsqueda en la red, nos encontramos con muchas preguntas sobre la práctica de este deporte y sobre todo de cuánto debe uno correr. Aquí van unos ejemplos:

¿Cuántos kilómetros debo correr a la semana? ¿Con qué frecuencia hay que correr? ¿Es bueno salir a correr todos los días?

Pero también da para algún que otro monólogo como éste de Ana Morgade sobre los runners el cual hemos encontrado en la web de nuestros amigos de corriendovoy.com. Por los comentarios verás que hay algunos runners a los que no les ha hecho gracia. A nosotros si 🙂 Y eso que somos de los que empezamos a correr hace muchos años. De los que nuestros vecinos decían que éramos ‘malos’ ya que estábamos todo el día corriendo y que de algo huiríamos. Pero esa liberación que uno sentía y siente todavía es lo que te hace ponerte las ‘zapas’ y salir a gastar asfalto.

Pero si algo nos ha llamado la atención es este artículo de la Universidad de Australia que habla de como los ultra maratones pueden alargar la vida hasta incluso en 16 años. Si es así, la esperanza de vida va a seguir aumentando y muchos de los runners acabarán siendo inmortales 😉

Pues eso… a correr!

Interview: Challenge Family CEO Felix Walchshöfer

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Felix Walchshöfer, CEO of the Challenge Family stayed at Playitas Resort and we got the opportunity to go one on one with him.

It’s a pleasure for Playitas Resort having you here in Fuerteventura. How are you Felix?

Really good, I just had two wonderful weeks of training here at Playitas with great weather – so much better than at home! I am absolutely happy!

And your family, we mean… Challenge Family?

We are doing very well in the Challenge Family as well. Recently, we had several new races, particularly in the U.S., and it is steadily growing. We are feeling great about the latest developments.

17 races in 2013, 22 in 2014 – 5 more races in just one year. That’s definitely a ‘Challenge’. What can you tell us about your next or new projects?

Last year our main focus was on the U.S. We started three new races – at the east coast, in the mid of the country as well as in California. The next step will be South America; we are currently looking into Brazil. Furthermore, we have various additions in Europe.

A lot of people probably asked you before, but… swim, bike or run?

I would say that I am most talented in swimming, but I enjoy most running.

How about the bike?

Yea, well, I have to get over it! [Felix smiles]

As I am normally on races during the weekends, it is hard to find time for longer biking tours which does not make it easy for me when I am biking in the races.

We met your sister last year. Are you guys coming to the Challenge Fuerteventura this time?

Yes.

Both of you?

We will have to sit down and discuss all the races that are going on in the next time, but one of us will definitely be there.

Your life is all about triathlon, but what about other sports? Do you find any time for it?

Unfortunately not, professionally and private it is all about triathlon for me. I tried different things, I was actually coming from athletics to triathlon, but I am already happy to find enough time for triathlon, so I do not want to do further sports at the cost of my triathlon training.

What can you tell people who’re starting with triathlon?

Well, I think it is an absolute fascinating sport. Lately, more and more people start with triathlon due to health reasons. Swimming, biking and running – that is a combination of some of the most healthy sports and everyone is able to do these disciplines. My advise for people who just get started with the sport is not to take it too serious. Just go have fun and do it with your partner, friends or family – it is just a wonderful sport!

How would you define Playitas Resort?

In my opinion, Playitas is an amazing place for training. The facilities are perfect and the staff is one of the best. Everything is about sports and the management really takes care of the details that are important for the sportsmen coming here. The island is wonderful with its biking roads through the landscape and the swimming pool in the resort is ideal. All in all, it is an absolutely perfect location for the sport.

Talking with Murdo. A life around the world of Golf

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Everybody who comes to Playitas Resort should meet Mr. Murdo McCorquodale or just Murdo. Considered a gentleman by all his colleagues, Murdo shows us his human side and talks about his life.

Hi Murdo! Where do you come from?

Hi! I come from Scotland! The highlands of Scotland 🙂

When did you start to play golf?

My father was a golf professional and like a Swiss child learns to ski as soon as they can walk and maybe a Spaniard starts to play football, a Scottish kid has a golf club in the hand and plays Golf.

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Ha, ha, ha… that’s a long story! My wife is from Ibi, near Alicante. It was not easy to get a job in Spain. Basically in order to get a job in Spain, you need german more than spanish in my business, in the Golf world. First thing we did was we moved to Germany to learn the language and we stayed there for a couple of years and then I was offerer a job in Portugal which we thought, well… it’s “almost” Spain (laughs) so we moved to Portugal, we stayed in the Algarve which is a really nice place to live  for a couple of years but it was not an easy place to work – economically- there are a lot of poor people and a lot of multimillionaires but nobody really in the middle and it was  quite a difficult time as a self employed Golf professional to find enough work. From there I was offered a job in Egypt which was actually  two fantastic years. It was a great place to live with very service minded people and a great place to work but when Ana became pregnant  we decided we wanted to eventually move to Spain.

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Playitas Resort got in touch with me and offered me the post of Head Pro mainly because as a PGA pro with the ability to speak English, Spanish and German it was ideal for the resort. I fell in love with Playitas Golf course because of it’s potential and  it’s beautiful views on every hole with no surrounding houses  and no kids screaming… It’s something different which I still really love.

Who’s your favorite Golf player?

I did love Severiano Ballesteros but unfortunately he died two years ago, he was every golfer’s hero. I don’t have any particular favourites (unless I have a bet on them) but I do always have a big interest in European Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie as I used to work with him in Scotland and he is a friend, Jose Maria Olazábal is another golfer who is a real gentleman on and off the course.

So you are a Spanish fan…

Definitely! The Spaniards play Golf with a lot of passion and flare and they play a different style of game actually. They all have fantastic short games.

What can you tell about the Playitas Golf Course? 

Playitas Golf is very different. It’s not your normal new Golf course because when new Golf courses are built, they are basically all the same. There are 4 par 5’s, 4 par 3’s and 10 par 4’s, it’s the standard . That is par 72. Playitas is short but very quirky. It’s more like what I’m used to playing in Scotland. It’s a par 67, it is short  but that doesn’t mean it is an easy course, it is very tricky, especially when the wind blows. Anyone can birdie a par 5 but it’s much harder to birdie a par 3, it is a good test for all levels of golfer. The Scottish designer has used the natural slopes and features to create a very links like golf course. Links basically is a description of the British style seaside courses which are always firm and depending on the wind direction on each day can vary considerably.

Do you play other sports?

I do. To be honest I like cycling, I like windsurfing, I like diving and football but I am Scottish so I’m not very good at football. I prefer to watch Glasgow Rangers.

Did you play as a professional golfer?

Yes. I won my first tournament as a pro and earned 677 pounds and then it went downhill from there to be honest (hahaha). You have to  be 100% dedicated purely to your golf career and I didn’t do that, I Iiked other things like girls, football and the occasional beer unfortunately or Scottish Triathlon!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I was good at Golf but I have never been Tiger

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Woods’ standard and I knew that but I still play Pro level and compete on a National level when I can. I have a family, I have a wife and two children and being a good dad and husband is the most important thing for me. I also have always loved to teach people which I seem to be more talented at.

If you didn’t play Golf, what would you do?

I’d be a singer. I love singing. It’s my biggest passion. I love swing and jazz music. I have a big passion for this.

One day I see myself having a swing bar, not a swingers bar (before you say anything), a cool place with a piano, good live music, cocktails, maybe some healthy food and in a big city.

And the last question…

Go for it!

What’s different here?

The weather is unbelievable. Summer is not too hot and we have great conditions in the winter. The Golf course is always in good condition and we have the Hotels next door to the course. The Beach is close by and we have the best sports facilities to combine with Golf. There are many good Restaurants and the island has two other Golf courses to play which compliment Playitas golf very well. It’s pretty much “heaven on earth”. It’s a very relaxed sports resort with a Golf course and I like the type of golfer that plays here – not too serious and always patient with less experienced players.

Thank you very much, Sir!

De nada! 🙂

Coast to Coast. You do not know until you try

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Mothers used to say that most of the things we had to eat as kids, we did not like as it seemed that the things looked like healthy. They would get upset and say that it was impossible to know until we tried eating those things. Of course they were right.
Well, some things in life you just have to try out so that you can decide if those are things you like or not. We recommend that experiments are to be undertaken in suitable environments. It helps!!!

Take our Coast to Coast trail running event (28th September) that we organize at Playitas Resort for instance. It is a great event to find out if trail running is something you like or not. It goes from 10 km distance (very easy) to 90 km (not for the fainthearted) and it covers some of the most beautiful spots of Fuerteventura. Combine this with staying at Playitas Resort and you can be assured that pre and post preparations/recuperations are taken care of. But, as it happens we want you to bring the family along! We cater for all the members (also for those who do not want to start sweating) from young to old. Grab your chance to join one of the most beautiful trail running events you have ever heard of. See you then?

Photo by Miguel Ángel Jaén

Fuerteventura, Playitas Resort y el Ironman Austria

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Hace poco más de una semana que emprendimos viaje a Austria para promocionar la Isla de Fuerteventura como destino turístico deportivo. Viaje largo tanto de ida como de vuelta, con muchos kilómetros de vuelo y de carretera pero con la satisfacción de haber dado a conocer a Fuerteventura y a Playitas Resort. Nos encontramos con muchos clientes y triatletas que ya se han convertido en amigos de Playitas Resort. Estuvimos con asiduos a Playitas como Asa Lundstrom, quien finalizó segunda en categoría femenina. También con Edith Niederfriniger que se recupera de una lesión y que pretende acudir a finales de septiembre a la Coast2Coast y con Hannes Blaschke, entre otros.

Gran organización de una prueba que contó con una participación cercana a las 3.000 personas. En categoría masculina ganó Andreas Raelert (quien ha entrenado en Playitas Resort con el Erdinger Team) con un tiempo inferior a las 8 horas. Segundo fue Maik Twelsiek a casi 12 minutos y tercero David Plese a poco más de 19 minutos del ganador.

En categoría femenina, la victoria fue para Erika Csomor con un tiempo de casi 9 horas. Segunda, la sueca Asa Lundstrom a poco más de 5 minutos y tercera la irlandesa Eimear Mullan, subcampeona en el Challenge Fuerteventura a 6 minutos 15 de la ganadora.

Paisajes espectaculares de Austria, seguimiento multitudinario, apoyo incondicional a los triatletas que sufrieron de lo lindo para acabar una dura prueba con 3,8 kms de natación, 180 kms de bicicleta para terminar con una carrera de 42 kms.

Algunos datos curiosos de una prueba son el valor de las bicicletas del parque cerrado, que alcanzaron los 9 millones de  euros. Unos ingresos posteriores por registros para el 2014 de 1.500.000 de euros y unos beneficios estimados para Klagenfurt y alrededores de unos 8 millones de euros durante los días previos y posteriores a la prueba.

Imágenes emotivas como cuando vimos entrar a un triatleta con su hijo de un año en brazos y por supuesto, la frase más repetida durante el día de la carrera, You are an Ironman… mencionada cada vez que entraba un participante.

Ahora nos desplazamos a Roth para seguir de promoción y vivir la Challenge Roth.  We are triathlon.

¡Que siga el espectáculo!

Playitas Resort: Home of Champions – Hogar de Campeones

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Lisa Nordén has used Playitas Resort as a base for her winter training and energized for the upcoming triathlon season at the sports complex Playitas Resort on Fuerteventura. It´s now agreed that Lisa Nordén will continue to train at Playitas until Rio 2016.
Since December 2012, Lisa Nordén lives and trains at Playitas. The Resort offers ideal training conditions for triathletes and for active families. Playitas Resort with its wide range of training facilities as well as the island of Fuerteventura with its fantastic environment for triathletes, suits her perfectly.
Apollo and Playitas Resort, during this spring, signed an agreement with the Swedish Olympic Committee. The agreement means that Playitas Resort becomes an official Olympic training center. Several federations will hold their training camps at Playitas for the coming Olympics in Rio 2016 and Pyongyang 2018. And to the great pre camp for the entire Swedish Olympic Team from Rio will take place at Playitas in autumn 2015.

“On Playitas I have found training possibilities of the highest quality. It’s all in one place and I just need to step outside the door. That means I only need to focus on my training. Now even more sports federations come. It is always exciting to meet other athletes who chase the same challenge”, says Lisa Nordén.

During the winter, the guests who visited Playitas were invited to train with Lisa Nordén. The opportunity will also apply for the coming winter. It is something that has been appreciated by the many hard training athletes who are preparing for their next races. Lisa Nordén offered one training session a week for the most prepared guests who can keep up with Lisa on her run or bike training. The training is taken directly from her regular training schedule which requires the participants to be able to get back on their own, if they can´t keep up the pace. The pace is always predetermined and the sessions have been appreciated by our guests this winter.

“Most people who engage in an exercise with a superstar know what they are doing, but we have seen Lisa leaves with a bunch of cyclists from Playitas Resort, returning three hours later with only a few flowers left”, says Stephan Meyvisch, General Manager at Playitas Resort.

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Lisa Nordén ha establecido Playitas Resort como base para su entrenamiento invernal y para tomar energía para la temporada venidera de triatlón. Ya está confirmado que Lisa Norden seguirá entrenando en Playitas hasta los JJOO de Río 2016.

Desde diciembre del 2012, Lisa Nordén vive y entrena en Playitas Resort. El complejo ofrece las condiciones ideales de entrenamiento para triatletas y para familias activas. Playitas Resort, con su amplia gama de instalaciones deportivas así como el clima de la Isla de Fuerteventura son ideales y favorece los entrenamientos de Lisa.

Pero más deportes además de el triatlón han tomado nota de las posibilidades de entrenamiento y actividades para las familias. El turoperador Apollo y Playitas Resort han firmado un acuerdo en la pasada primavera con el Comité Olímpico Sueco. Este acuerdo significa que Playitas Resort se convierte en centro de entrenamiento oficial olímpico. Varias federaciones llevarán a cabo sus entrenamientos en los campus en Playitas Resort para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016 y Pyongyang 2018. A partir de agosto del año 2015, estos campus se intensificarán para todo el equipo olímpico sueco de cara a Río 2016.

“En Playitas Resort he encontrado la más alta calidad en instalaciones de entrenamiento ya que tiene todas las facilidades en el mismo sitio y tan solo debo abrir la puerta. Esto significa que sólo necesito concentrarme en mi entrenamiento. Ahora que vienen diferentes federaciones suecas, será interesante conocer a otros atletas que tienen el mismo desafío que yo”, comenta Lisa Nordén.

Durante el pasado invierno de 2012, los clientes que visitaron Playitas Resort, fueron invitados a entrenar con Lisa Nordén. La oportunidad se volverá a repetir en el próximo invierno. Es algo que es apreciado por los atletas que entrenan duro y que se preparan para las próximas carreras. Lisa Nordén ofrece una sesión a la semana para aquellos clientes de Playitas Resort que estén preparados y que puedan aguantar el ritmo que marca Lisa en carrera o en bicicleta. El entrenamiento será el mismo que ella realiza en su horario regular y requiere que los participantes sean capaces de volver por su propio medio si no pueden mantener el fuerte ritmo que ella imprime. El ritmo está siempre predeterminado y las sesiones han sido valoradas positivamente por nuestros clientes durante el pasado invierno.

“Mucha gente que realiza ejercicio con una estrella del deporte saben a lo que se arriesgan pero hemos visto como Lisa salía con un pelotón de ciclistas desde Playitas Resort volviendo 3 horas después con unos pocos”, comenta Stephan Meyvisch Director General de Playitas Resort.