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Gran Canaria caters to women

The riders climbing in La Sorrueda at the 2007 Gran Canaria World Cup

The riders climbing in La Sorrueda at the 2007 Gran Canaria World Cup (Image credit: MTB World Cup)

At the 2008 Gran Canaria, women will take center stage as the marathon is scheduled to take place on International Women's Day, March 8. Distances of 38 or 90 kilometers may be raced.

"It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women," said organizer Petra Wonisch. "For us this special day is worth a special activity: within the scope of the Open MTB Gran Canaria we organise a special Ladies Marathon. Women can, depending on their physical condition, participate in the semi Marathon or ride a few teaser loops in the park."

For each kilometer ridden, money will be donated to an association fighting breast cancer. Organizers will provide test bikes for those without their own rigs.

For more information, visit http://nyx.at/canary/.

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