UIPM 2019 Global Laser Run City Tour: Surge of youthful enthusiasm in Sant Boi de Llobregat (SPN)
The city of Sant Boi de Llobregat is a productive pentathlon hub, with athletes coming from both the Spanish and Catalan communities. Now it is fast becoming a Laser Run hotspot, too.
On May 10, more than 480 boys and girls from Fundacio LLor School competed in UIPM’s fastest-growing development competition, the Global Laser Run City Tour – hosted for the second time in the city.
Prior to the start of the competition, staff from the Catalan Modern Pentathlon Federation (FCPM) staged a practical workshop to enable people to try out their Laser Run skills.
A spokesperson for the local organising committee said: “It was fun day for all participants and there was a lot of motivation and competitiveness on display, whatever the category.
“The highlight was seeing athletes in the younger categories getting the best out of themselves to reach the finish line with the best time and get on the podium. Afterwards they were left with a desire for more, a good sign that will give impetus to the future of our sport.
“With the creation of Laser Run, UIPM has made it easier for us to promote our sport, and the enthusiasm and desire to participate is reaching all ages.”
The GLRCT was created to provide an entry point to UIPM Sports for people of all ages in urban communities around the world.
Another 100 cities have been selected in 2019 as hosts of the GLRCT or the Biathle/Triathle National Tour. The full calendar can be viewed at the UIPM website, where you can also find more information on UIPM’s various multi-discipline sports.
In September, the UIPM Laser Run World Championships will be incorporated into the Pentathlon World Championships for the first time in Budapest (HUN), where Laser Run is also on the programme for the 1st World Urban Games.
In December, Laser Run and Triathle will both feature for the first time in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines.
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