Get ready to swim for life



Next Saturday, September 17th, a pink wave will take over Tenerife Top Training, T3, in Adeje with the annual Swim for Life taking place.

Once more the beneficiaries of this charity event will be the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC), Amate, cancer research and the Pink Room help centre situated in Adeje. This is the third year the swim is taking place, and is held under the general Walk for Life banner, a cancer walk that takes place in South Tenerife every December.


Swimmers must be over 12 years of age, and have until September 12th to register at to take part on the official competitive races (25m, 50m and 100m, different strokes) event. More information on donating and taking part is on If you don’t want to swim you can simply turn up and join in the fun on the day and take part in the Aquagym and enjoy the wonderful paella – but you will also need to register on The event is from 10.30am 2.30pm.


The first 150 swimmers to register will receive a free pink commemorative swimming cap and all those taking part in the day can enter a draw for a free weekend for two in La Gomera.

Thanks to the following bodies for support: Walk for Life, Adeje Council, Tenerife Top Training, Rotary Club Tenerife South and Swim Club Tenerife Masters, as well as the Tenerife Swimming Referees, and various private companies.


The Pink Wave is almost ready to roll

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“It brings more than a touch of humanity to a tourist zone”

Details were announced this morning of the 10th Walk for Life/Carrera por la Vida at a press conference in the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre where the mayors of Adeje and Arona and representatives from the Spanish Cancer Association and Amate joined the movement’s founder, Brigitte Gypen at the top table to announce final details of this year’s walk.

The walk, which Brigitte hopes “will bring together 3,000 people this year”, takes place on Sunday December 14th starting at 10.30am from the CC City Centre in Playa de Las Américas in Arona, with participants walking a bit further this year, to the Plaza de San Sebastián in La Caleta. Both the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and of Arona, Francisco José Niño congratulated Brigitte on her decade-long work in setting up and continuing this event which raises much needed funds for both cancer research and to help cancer sufferers and their families. Both mayors also spoke of the unifying nature of the walk, and Brigitte herself said there are participants, both residents and tourists, from many different countries, who are looking forward to coming together to walk in unity.

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The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga said “this is an event based on solidarity that brings together businesses, institutions, persons and organisations and also helps makes the issue a visible one. It also brings more than a touch of humanity to a tourist zone”. Arona’s mayor, Francisco José Niño said this was about more than uniting Arona and Adeje “this is about all of us, together”, promising this year we would see “a spectacular pink wave”.

As well as walking there will be events taking place both at the start of the walk and at the end, live music and entertainment, a steel drum band to keep the walking pace up, courtesy buses for those who might not manage the full distance, and many surprises along the way. Radio Sur Adeje will also host a live radio marathon based in the square in La Caleta during the morning – you can listen in locally on 107.9FM.

Each person who registers (do get there early to register please) will receive some ‘pink’ goodies, and more can be bought on the day, and you will also be given a ticket which will enter you into a draw with a host of super prizes including weekends in many fine hotels in South Tenerife as well as a Fred Olsen cruise. You can also fill in one of the ‘I am walking for……’ placards which allows you name a person or association that you are supporting if you like. Brigitte also reminded participants to ensure they have adequate sun cream and that there would be drinks and fruit along the way to refresh the walkers.

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Swimming in the Pink

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As you might be aware, this year the Walk for Life/Carrera por la Vida is celebrating ten years of bringing thousands of people together to walk in South Tenerife, between Adeje and Arona, raising awareness and funds for breast cancer.

In celebration of the ten years of the event, the organisers have organised ten “..for Life” events in the lead up to this year’s walk on December 14th and this weekend, on September, there will be a ‘Swim for Life’.

Swim for Life promises, say the organisers, to be a ‘swim-party’ event and will be held in the Tenerife Top Training Centre T3, Costa Adeje, on Saturday September 20th from 10am until 2.30pm. There will be butterfly, back stroke, breast stroke and crawl events etc. There will also be aqua-gym classes and fitball for those who want to try something different.

Swim for Life is being organised in conjunction with Tenerife Master and Tenerife South’s Rotary Club. The Adeje council’s sports department is providing a giant paella, fruit and refreshments for everyone, and a pink ‘Walk for Life’ swiming cap will be given to the first 200 who have registered.