What is an Acuatlón Deportivo, you ask? It’s one tough sporting event, that’s what it is. This Sports Aquathlon will hold its fourth annual event in Puerto Vallarta, a three staged race that will take place on the Malecón and in the ocean. Though this is an all ages sport, it’s really for the well trained athlete. Involving running, swimming and more running, one must be in terrific shape. Anyone between the ages of nine (9) and sixty (60) are welcome to give it a go; there will be several categories, with divisions for men, women and children.
This contest will be held Sunday July 7, 2019 and begins at 8 am in front of the Rosita Hotel. We’ve heard there will be great prizes, which oftentimes means cash purses.
Open Category is ages sixteen and up with a running route of 2.5 km along the Malecón, a 1000 meter swim (500 meters each way; out, and back to shore again), with the third and final leg being another 2.5 km back the way they came.
A children’s course is being laid out in three levels. There will be Infantil for ages 9 – 11; Children for ages 11 – 13; and the teenagers course, which will be run by kids ages 14 and 15 years old.
The water of Banderas Bay is perfect for swimming this time of year. Lifeguards will monitor from the beach and in the water.
For those wanting to register, the website http://www.acuatlonvallarta.com is up and running but you’ll want a grasp of Spanish to complete your registration. Another option is to find Luigi at the Agustín Flores Contreras Municipal Stadium, across from the Sheraton. Luigi will be at the stadium daily from 5 pm – 9 pm to sign you up and take your entrance fees. It will cost you $450 pesos to register, or sign up on the website.
Your race kit will include a Acuatlón Deportivo T-shirt and swim-cap, participation medal, and your e-chip, which will record your race time. You can pick up your package on Saturday, July 6th, from 4 pm – 9 pm at Innovasport, the sports store in the La Isla shopping center. There will also be last-minute signups for $550 pesos. There will be a mandatory pre-racemeeting at 7 pm on July 6 for all participants at the Hotel Rosita.
Water will be available along the route, along with medical staff; snacks will be offered at the end of the course.
This is a big event for Puerto Vallarta with national and international athletes expected to partake in the competition. The race has a limit of 300 competitors so don’t delay if you plan to sign up.