The best time was set by David Soler, with 12:13 minutes in the men's category; and Alba Xandri, with 14:43 in the women's category
For the first time, Albanian Paralympic athlete Haki Doku and Esmeralda Loka have descended the stairs in a wheelchair
The collection of registrations and 'Dorsal zero' is entirely intended for the solidarity project ‘Firefighters with a Cause’ for children at risk cared for in Sant Joan de Déu
Sergi Mingote, godfather of the race, has received a tribute and a commemorative step
Today, Saturday 5 June, the III Vertical Montserrat was held, the most demanding vertical race in Spain, included in the international circuit Towerrunning World Association, in which 110 participants climbed the 2,180 steps that separate the lower station of the Santa Cova de Montserrat Funicular from the upper station of the Sant Joan Funicular of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC).
The pandemic had postponed the date of the race on two occasions, in March and October 2020. For this reason, the organization of the race is grateful for the effort made by all the entities involved and athletes so that it could finally be carried out.
The winners in the Open category were David Soler with 12:13 minutes and Alba Xandri with 14:43 minutes. The best time achieved in the Bombers category was by the winner of the absolute category Adrià Duarri of the Bombers de Barcelona with a time of 17:52 minutes. This year there was no prize for the best firefighter due to the absence due to injury of Mònica Tomàs, of the Bombers Barcelona. In the Inclusive category, 6 athletes took part, making Joan Soto the best mark with 18:42 minutes. In the next few hours, the times of each and every participant will be published on the verticalmontserrat.org website
This edition has presented two novelties. On the one hand, the incorporation of the category Som Un Equip, in which 4 athletes have run the race on behalf of a team that has previously raised € 500 and, on the other, the participation of two inclusive athletes who have wheelchair descent: Haki Doku, Albanian Paralympic athlete, and Lerald Emerald.
A tribute has also been paid to Sergi Mingote, an elite mountaineer and ultra-endurance athlete who was to sponsor him and who sadly died on 16 January. He was remembered through his close friend Josemi Herrera in the presence of his widow Miriam, who collected a commemorative eagle: “I was very excited to be here today and to accompany Joan Soto, an inclusive athlete. He will always fly with us and we will have him by our side ”. In addition, the organization has dedicated, forever, the 2021 step in his memory, will be the step Sergi Mingote.
Created in 2017 by the Bombers of Generalitat de Catalunya in conjunction with the Sant Joan de Déu Welfare Project, it is part of the Bombers amb Causa project. It has the support of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, which cedes the space, and the Red Cross of Catalonia, the Patronat de la Muntanya de Montserrat and the Abadía of Montserrat.
The purpose is clearly solidarity: to raise funds for research projects and social projects for children at risk from various centers in Sant Joan de Déu. Both the registrations and the contributions of the sponsors and the ‘Som un equip’ category are entirely dedicated to the Bombers with a Cause initiative. Under this new category, which expands the solidarity dimension, the Associació Petjades de Colors, the Fundació Abadia de Montserrat 2025, the Aeri de Montserrat, the Festaval d’Esparreguera, Moehs BCN and the local policeman Jordi Roviralta have participated.
Vertical Montserrat - which was awarded at the Gala of the First Inclusive Awards for Catalan Sport in 2019 - wants to continue contributing to the inclusive of people with different disabilities through the practice of sport. In this sense, athletes such as Joan Soto, with Josemi Herrera as guide or Ani Rodríguez, Daniel Yagüe and Teo Marco, among others, have taken part.
For those people who want to collaborate, but who cannot participate in the test, a 'Dorsal Zero' has been enabled, which will be operational until the day after the race, on the website of the race where you can make a donation.