Indaiatuba (SP) – 18 de agosto de 2018 – Another edition of Powerman Brazil has started. The Brazilian stage of the largest duathlon circuit in the world is for the second consecutive year host in Indaiatuba, located 100 km from São Paulo, with a new programming for the 2018 edition. In addition to the traditional Classic and Sprint and Power Kids, this year’s organization included the Power Run that will challenge runners in a 5km race. Once again the Olympic Velodrome serves as the base for the Powerman Arena and it is there that all the activities scheduled for the weekend are concentrated.
This Friday the first athletes began to arrive. In total, there will be more than 600 competitors from 12 states and 6 countries, including Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, United States and Spain. One of the first athletes to remove the kit was Ed Canto from CPH Brazil team. Ed came directly from Belém (PA) accompanied by the family. “I really like the format of the Powerman and I think the duathlon races occupy an important place in preparing athletes for competitions. We have a group coming from Belém and the expectation is enormous for this great event”, says Ed.
Opening the weekend in Indaiatuba, Saturday was dedicated to children ages 4 to 13 who participated in the Power Kids inside the Olympic Velodrome at the Powerman Arena. With specific distances for each age the atmosphere was festive on the part of the young people and pride of the parents and relatives who saw the small athletes dedicating themselves to cross the finishing line. In the end, all were awarded with medals and could live the same excitement that adults will have this Sunday as they cross the finish line.
More than winning or losing action like Power Kids is to provide the experience to children so they can feel the same as parents in a big event. “Power Kids is one of our main motivations. From the first year we included in the program of the event because we find it extremely important to stimulate sports practice. With this, children have the opportunity to participate in the same event that their parents are fighting for, “says Patricia Palhares, organizer of Powerman Brazil.
At just seven, Maithe Mota Camargo had a special crowd outside. The little cyclist is the goddaughter of professional athlete Carol Furriela, current champion of Powerman Brazil. “It was really cool to be part of the Powerman, which I liked the most was the bike part. I go there quite a bit, “said Maithe, who tried to send word to her godmother. “I’m going to cheer Aunt Carol a lot and I think she has to win.”
Accompanying the young Maithe, Carol was just laughter as she heard her goddaughter sending the message. “These actions by the Powerman to bring children into the world of adults is very important as it helps encourages sports practice. Maithe has the example of the father at home who works with bike and lives the world of the sport daily, she goes super well in cycling and this comes from her. Sports educates, what she learned today she’ll carry for the rest of her life, “said Carol. “Tomorrow we will have everything, you have to count on this crowd,” joked the champion of Powerman Brazil 2017.
Like Carol Furriela, many elite athletes and amateurs have invaded the Powerman Arena to remove the kits and check the bikes. After checking and all athletes confirmed everything leads to believe that the fourth edition of Powerman Brazil will be of the highest technical level. Iuri Vinuto, second placed in 2018, Felipe Manente, Antonio Mansur, Talles Medeiros, Giovana Martins, among others are confirmed for this Sunday’s challenge in the Classic category.
“I have great expectations for this year’s event. I want to improve my time last year, especially in cycling. I have dedicated a lot to this modality this year and with that I can be more competitive from start to finish, “says Iuri Vinuto.