Portuguese American Journal

Sports: The 2017 Azores Trail Run is open to participants – Azores

The 2017 Azores Trail Run (ATR) will be held on Faial and Pico islands on May 24-28. The registration deadline is April 30, 2017.

In its fourth edition, the international sports competition consists of several trail running races taking place each year in the end of May. Runners from across the globe are encouraged to participate. The program is designed for participants to get to know the islands while running.

Sports events will consist of two long races (Blue Island Trail – 70km and Faial Coast to Coast – 47km) and three shorter races (Bays Trail – 25km, 10 Volcanoes Trail – 22km and Family Run Trail – 10km) It also includes a vertical km on Pico Island.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three classified of each rank. The prizes will be awarded in the ceremony taking place on the day of the event.

According to the organization rules, the minimum age for participation on any of the races is 18 years, completed until the day of the event, with exception for the Family Trail, on which participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Azores Running Trail (ATR) is organized by the Blue Island Athletics Independent Club (CIAIA).

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The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal.

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