" - Is that the Crystal Palace you've mentioned? "
" - Well.. not really... :) "
You can't miss this building when you look at Porto's skyline. That is why it frequently becomes a conversation topic in the running tours I guide. A second reason is because I often bring up the fact that this venue is intimately connected to running, though not in an obvious way... !
While some local people still call that UFO shaped green dome in the background "o Palácio de Cristal", that is not its name. The historic Crystal Palace was indeed built in this location in the 1860's, inspired on the original exhibition building that stood in the south of London. The Portuguese 'replica' does no longer exist for it got dismantled in 1951.
The currently existing building's real name is Rosa Mota pavilion, a sport venue. To explain you who Rosa Mota is and how is running involved we need to go back to the 80's.
Care to join me?
Well... I do feel like it’s celebration time for runners in Portugal and, in particular, for us living in Porto and the northern area! It’s all happening in this next few weeks!
Check out the 'gift list’:
NEXT RACES IN PORTO AND NORTH OF PORTUGAL:
2016 WORLD TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
I dare to say: the Portuguese trail running community is truly excited right now...!
Coming up this weekend, the IAU/ITRA 2016 World Trail Championships will take place in the Peneda-Gerês National Park (1 hour drive from Oporto international airport).
Sérgio is the founder of PRT, a keen runner since 1999 and a friendly running tour guide since 2015.
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