Javier Gómez Noya will be competing against Mario Mola in the Barcelona triathlon. Over 5000 athletes will be taking part, surrounded by 35,000 spectators.
– El Digital.bcn.cat: This coming 5 October 2014 marks the sixth edition of the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon, a competition whose participants have to swim, cycle and run several distances depending on the discipline. Two of the best triathletes in Spain have already confirmed they will be taking part in this year’s event: Javier Gómez Noya and Mario Mola.
La Garmin is not just a competition that brings a whole host of athletes together –over 5,000- but an event that also creates huge expectations among the public, given that it draws in 35,000 spectators. To make all that possible are 34 people working within the organisation and a further 530 hired specially for the occasion. Last year’s edition saw 200 volunteers taking part.
A competition organised at this scale is estimated to bring the city an economic turnover of 1 million euros. It will also help to boost Barcelona’s image abroad even more, seeing as 21 per cent of its total number of participants are from abroad and 13 per cent Spaniards from outside Catalonia.
Circuits according to level
The Garmin Barcelona Triathlon presents several categories of race, so that all the athletes can take part, irrespective of their level of physical preparation. The shortest circuit is the Super Sprint, where participants have to swim 400 metres, cycle 10 km and run a further 2.5 km. The longest, by contrast, features the conventional triathlon Olympic distance: 1,500 metres swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running.