Silves and Monchique will race for the Iberian lynx

The municipalities of Silves and Monchique will host the 2nd edition of the Iberian Lynx Trail this Saturday, the 8th of […]

KVs_2016_FinalThe municipalities of Silves and Monchique will host the 2nd edition of Trail of the Iberian Lynx this Saturday, the 8th of October.

This initiative will have three types of activities: one between short of 12 kilometers, one between length of 30 kilometers and a walk of 12 kilometers.

Both the short trail and the walk, which are fun and familiar, take place in Silves and depart from the Municipal Swimming Pools, at 10:15 and 10:30, respectively. The 30-kilometre long trail runs in Monchique and leaves at 9:30 am from Largo dos Chorões.

Lynx Trail it is the only sporting event that offers participants the chance to contribute and walk the trails of the natural habitat of one of the most endangered felines on the planet and raise awareness for its preservation.

O Trail do Lince Ibérico was presented at the Lisbon Zoo, next to the Tapada do Lince Ibérico, a ceremony attended by the mayors of Monchique and Silves, as well as the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Secretary of State for Nature and Territorial Planning.

The presence of several public figures has already been confirmed, such as actresses Isabel Figueira and Mafalda Teixeira, presenters Pedro Fernandes and José Figueiras. As godparents this event has the mannequin Mário Franco, the journalist and presenter Luís Costa Branco, the communication consultant Alexandra Figueiredo, the actor Alexandre Silva, the presenter Carina Vaz, the CEO of the FALX group Marcelo Kapel, the athlete António Nascimento, the publisher from Playboy Portugal Bernardo Coelho and businesswoman Paula Nabais.

According to Rui André, mayor of Monchique, the trail running “It is much appreciated by hundreds of athletes in Portugal and around the world, who have unique conditions in Monchique to practice this sport. Monchique receives many practitioners of trail running and being able to associate this natural advantage with the activity itself, and help in the preservation of a species that, at the end of the XNUMXth century, was practically considered extinct, which is part of our ideology and environmental wealth, are perfect conditions for the event is a success and that the organization's objectives are met».

After the success of the first edition of Trail do Lince, which had more than 300 participants, the organization plans to double the number of entries and unite the population, non-governmental organizations, the State and companies for the reintroduction of this species in its natural habitat.

Support for the cause can be done through the pack "Fnac Trail Iberian Lynx”, available at any Fnac store, which includes a toy of the mascot, which costs 19,99 euros, with 5 euros to revert to the League for the Protection of Nature (LPN) and World Wide Fund (WWF), organizations that contribute to the preservation of this species.

Last minute registrations are only available for the Walking mode. Trail do Lince and can be done at the race secretariat, in the Municipal Swimming Pools of Silves, during the following hours: October 7th from 18:00 pm to 22:00 pm, and on the day of the event from 07:00 am to 10:00 am.

The 2 Trail Lince Ibérico is organized by Fire! and has the environmental seal of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the League for the Protection of Nature (LPN), and the sporting seal of the Algarve Association Trail Running.

For more information about the Iberian Lynx Trail click here