The Invicta received the Porto City Race's second edition. Showing a different city to the eyes of many - even the locals! - the race had in Andreia Silva and Joaquim Sousa the big winners.
With the second edition of the Porto City Race, orienteering spread once more its charm and beauty by the streets of the Invicta. Point of departure and arrival of the participants, the Crystal Palace proved to be the most beautiful of the Arenas, lining up gradually by an enthusiastic population, anxious to discover a different Porto. And different because its closed streets, narrow alleyways, staircases that prance and seem to have no end, and in the most unexpected moment, offering a romantic view of a small atrium houses engaged with each other, little "shrines" in a street corner or the river shining down there.
The organization, signed by the Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos, called to the Invicta five hundred participants from twelve countries, numbers truly interesting taking into account the “youth” of the event. The fantastic work of promotion, allied to the “Porto World Heritage” brand, have been pluses for the special effect and the link between tourism and sport ended up working perfectly. The number of participants in the Tourist Course surpassed the athletes of the 28 competition classes, with people of all ages to meet some of the most precious jewels of the Historic Center, with maps and compasses in hand.
Joaquim Sousa and Andreia Silva, from Clube de Orientação do Centro, were the big winners of this second edition, after to have achieved the same result last year. Despite his age, Joaquim Sousa has prevailed with a sensational record of 58:16 against 58:34 of Diogo Miguel (Ori-Estarreja). In the Women Elite class, Andreia Silva reached a tasty victory iwith 1:07:50, beating Paula Nóbrega (Ori-Marão) by the significant margin of eight minutes.
Full results and more information at http://www.gd4caminhos.com/en/portocityrace2013
[Photos by Susana Luzir and Orievents]