The godfather of DISA Gran Canaria Marathon 2014, Haile Gebrselassie, has announced his arrival in Gran Canaria and he will be presented this Friday at 17:00 at the Runners' Fair. Thursday the Runners' Fair, the Run, Food & Fun and the ICOT Sport Conferences were inaugurated. The Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie, Godfather of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon 2014, was the big surprise of the day. His arrival to the island has turned the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in a great festival of sport.
Gebrselassie, Prince of Asturias Award for Sports and Unicef Ambassador, landed in Gran Canaria at 3 pm on Thursday, a day ahead of schedule. The Ethiopian athlete was welcomed at the airport by Lucas Bravo de Laguna, Minister for Sport of the Council of Gran Canaria, Raquel Montes, manager of the DISA Foundation, and main sponsor of the race.
The presentation of Haile Gebrselassie as ambassador of Gran Canaria and Godfather of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon will take place this Friday at 5:00 pm at the Runners' Fair in Santa Catalina Park, with the presence of José Miguel Bravo de Laguna, president of the Council of Gran Canaria. The Runners' Fair was launched this Thursday: it was a day filled with action in the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon, as at noon there was the inauguration of the Fair by Lucas Bravo de Laguna, who was accompanied by Juan Jose Cardona, mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Later they toured the exhibition and visited the volunteers who started up the delivery of the bibs and bags to so many athletes who came to register.
On the same day was launched the “Run, Food & Fun” and the catering area that will be open every day from 23rd to 25th January until 12 pm. There will be life music of known Dj's, as Thursday, or Salvapantallas (Friday 24) and Los Lolas (Saturday 25) both performances starting at 7:00 pm.
The activities of the first day of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon were completed with the opening of the ICOT Sport Conferences by Felix Noda, manager of Insular Sports Institute; Carlos Ester, Councillor for Sports of the Municipality and Domingo Montes de Oca, manager of the Health Group ICOT.
On this first day, attendees enjoyed presentations by Antonio Ramos Gordillo, Patricia Márquez Rodríguez, Pablo Aranda González and Elizabeth Robaina Díaz. Carlos González, Antonio González Molina, Juan Carreño Clement and Kenneth Gasque will be the speakers on Friday. Haile Gebrselassie will close the ICOT Sport Conferences on Saturday 25th by sharing his sporting experiences.