The Long Course Weekend Mallorca starts the final countdown to its opening edition, which takes place on 3-5 November on the Spanish Balearic Island. More than 1,000 athletes have already registered for the three-day sporting festival in Alcudia, seen as ‘a natural paradise for endurance sports’.
Organised by local event specialist Kumulus, and building on the success of the original Long Course Weekend in Pembrokeshire, Wales, the LCW-branded event lasts three days, where athletes swim on Friday, cycle on Saturday and run on Sunday.
To kick-off the weekend on Friday evening, the Long Course athletes have the Swim Day to complete – a 3.8km open water swim. The swim also has a 1.9km distance option, as well as 1.5km and 750m, all to correspond with triathlon’s most popular distances.
On Saturday the attention turns to the sportive, the Bike Day, and 172km of undulating countryside that also incorporates an 86km option, seen as a distance to attract athletes of all abilities. To finish the weekend on Sunday, the athletes will complete the Run Day – a 42.2km marathon. Here, there is also a 21.1km run, 10km run and a 5km run, which ‘allows everyone to be involved’.
Those aiming to become ‘Legends’ are attempting to receive the Long Course Weekend medal, which entails completing all three of the longest distances each day. Successful LCW athletes will be awarded with the LCW medal in a special awards ceremony.
Amongst the 1,000 already registered athletes, 40% are women. There will be athletes from 16 different countries lined up at the starting line; 46% of them will be British, 37% Spanish and 12% German.
Dates and distances:
- 3 November, Friday: Swim day – 3,800m, 1,900m, 1,500m or 750m
- 4 November, Saturday: Bike day – 172km or 86km
- 5 November, Sunday: Run day – Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10Km or 5Km