La cursa de les empreses del Banco Santander se celebra en Fira de Barcelona

The lack of physical exercise and a sedentary lifestyle is a major influence on our health and quality of life. This is especially true of workers who spend most of their working day sitting in front of a computer screen. Many companies are aware of the problem and have set up programmes to encourage their employees to do more sport.

This is the idea that led to the creation of the Santander Company Race, three years ago, a contest that aims to make companies and employees more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Fira de Barcelona has backed this competition from the very first edition because, in the words of the Head of In-House Business and an Ironman competitor himself, Salvador Tasqué, “we want to help to encourage sport and health at work and in companies”.

According to experts in workplace health, sport releases tension, improves our health and raises our quality of life, contributes to relations between colleagues and reduces the time lost to sickness. For all these reasons, Fira de Barcelona is encouraging sport by supporting the Fira Sports Team, an initiative created by the employees themselves who take part in athletics and cycling, among other activities, offering personal training and physiotherapy for those who want to jog around Montjuïc.

It was practically a foregone conclusion that Fira would get involved in a contest like the Santander Company Race, which is using the slogan “Get out of the office and run” to attract 2,000 runners from more than 300 companies for this year’s run. The routes cover 10 and 5 kilometres through Hospitalet de Llobregat with 3km of fast, comfortable indoor sections in the interiors of the Gran Via site. There are two categories, for teams of 2, 3 or 4 runners from the same company and the Executive Individual race (to be run in a suit and trainers).

Rueda de prensa de la Cursa de les empresesWorld champion

The athlete Martín Fiz (55 years old), marathon champion in 1995, the first athlete to win the six most important marathons in the world (the Six Majors) in the veteran category and ambassador for the ‘123 a correr’ programme of Banco Santander, will take part in the race, running in a suit.

Fiz, who was run over in September when training in Vitoria, made his first reappearance at the presentation of the Santander Company Race. “I want to show that recovery can be much faster when you do sport. I want to win and be the first among the professional athletes to win the executive race”, he said.

This year’s edition also has a charitable side, because all participants have been asked to bring a present to be collected by the Obra Social de Sant Joan de Déu to give to disadvantaged or vulnerable persons this Christmas.

You can register for the race through the web page www.cursadelesempreses.com until 10 December at 23.59.

E.PÉREZ MOYA