is the Mirador Challenge?
Mirador Challenge is a medium-distance endurance
walk of approximately 27 kilometres which links
a network of 15 designated viewpoints located along the wonderful
coastline of Jávea. It is aimed at teams of five walkers who begin in the early morning at
the Granadella mirador and then pass along the coast
in a northward direction to arrive at the last viewpoint
of 'Els Molins', the iconic windmills which sit above
the town of Jávea and afford stunning views all the
way back to the start-point.
The idea behind the development
of the Mirador Challenge was primarily to
open up this official network of "miradors"
to many more people who would be otherwise unaware
of their existence. The secondary aim was to
create a timed endurance walk covering many different
types of terrain that would complement Jávea's excellent
sporting and leisure calendar.
are two disciplines for taking part in the Mirador Challenge:
'Sports' option is for those who want to test themselves
by covering the entire length of the challenge in the
fastest time possible and in 2012 a three-man team from
the Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers completed the course
in 4 hours and 22 minutes. In 2013 a full team - THE
ORIGINALS - set a record of 5 hours and 10 minutes
to recover the title won in 2010, the first Mirador
'Leisure' option is for those who want to take in the stunning views
from each of the miradors spending a pre-determined
minimum amount of time (five minutes; no more than 10) at the
mandatory checkpoints of Ambolo (C), Cap de la Nau (E),
La Falzia (G), Creu del Portitxol (I), Séquia de la
Nória (L) and Cap de San Antoni (N) to complete an additional task of completing
a short quiz about them and about Jávea in general.
They can choose whether to stop or not at the remaining
viewpoints but must not stop for more than 10 minutes.
In 2013 the LOS SHERPAS DE JÁVEA completed the course
in 6 hours and 4 minutes to take the inaugural trophy
for this discipline. In this section, there is a time
limit of eight hours to complete the course; any team
that is deemed unlikely to complete the whole course
within this time-frame will be disqualified and finish
their experience at the next available mirador.
Who can take part in the Mirador Challenge?
Anyone over the age of 16 with the drive and determination to get themselves along the 27 kilometres route from the forest of La Granadella in the south to the windmills of Els Molins in the north can take part in the Mirador Challenge. You
don't have to be mega-fit to take part but we do recommend
a few training sessions in the weeks leading up to the
event and if you live in the area if would be advantageous
to spend a couple of hours each week walking through
several sections of the route to get accustomed to it.
Look out for the special orientation sessions in February
and March in which we will be offering guided walks
of the whole route - in sections - to indicate the recommended
route of the Mirador Challenge.
is the next Mirador Challenge?
next edition of the Mirador Challenge is scheduled
for Sunday 6th April 2014 (to be confirmed).
The registration period opens on Saturday 1st March
2014 and will close at 6.00pm on Friday
4th April 2014. The event is limited to 20 teams
of five walkers. Space permitting, smaller teams can
take part as "Invitation Teams" but they will
not be eligible for prizes nor will their timings be
eligible for oficial record-keeping; full teams will
be given priority in registration. There will be
a pre-event non-obligatory meeting for representatives
from each team taking part on Friday 4th April 2014
during which a draw will take place to determine the
order of start from Mirador La Granadella with those
wishing to take part in the 'Leisure' discipline setting
off first, followed by the faster teams competing in
the 'Sports' section. The first team will set off from
Mirador La Granadella at 08:00 followed by the rest
of the teams at three or four minute intervals, depending
on the number of teams taking part in the challenge.
keep up to date with news and information about the
forthcoming Challenge, you can join our Facebook group: The
don't fancy the walk but I'd like to be involved. What
can I do?
Mirador Challenge wouldn't be possible without the superb
network of checkpoint supervisor volunteers who rouse
themselves from their Sunday morning slumber without
so much as a hint of complaint to sit patiently checking
teams through each checkpoint. Aside from the walkers,
more than 30 people were involved in the Mirador Challenge
in 2013, many of them spending just a couple of hours
at one of Jávea's beautiful viewpoints, enjoying
the scenery as well as the wonderful camaraderie of
the teams, whilst others assisted with team transport
and general running around to ensure that the events
ran as smoothly as possible. If you fancy being part
of the Mirador Challenge, please drop us a line to the
email given at the bottom of this page. We are also
always on the look-out for sponsors whose invaluable
financial support helps us to provide the sort of event
we want to deliver.
Mirador Challenge 2013 - Results
Mirador Challenge 2012 - Results
10 - The Originals
35 - Victorious Secrets
38 - Forest Ramblers
29 - Leclerq Surfing
31 - Feel Great Breaks
17 - Los Sherpas de
5hrs 20 - Serendipity
49 - Team Smovey
09 - Viviendo Exp.
31 - Holy Walkamolies
15 - The G Team
58 - Team JITC
- Team Bruno
were undersized teams which
were allowed to complete
the route but on the understanding
that they would not be eligible
for a trophy.
22 - CBMW Cabras (3)
23 - CBMW Jabalis
33 - CBMW Ladies (3)
00 - Striders
- Equipo de Oliva 'A' (3)
08 - Los Sherpas de Javea
11 - Bandolers
5hrs 19 -
- Sussex Ramblers
40 - Camino Real
03 - Mountain Llebeig Buenas
6hrs 11 -
Club de Atletisme Llebeig
27 - The Nail Station*
03 - Xàbia Viva
54 - The G Team (3)
The Nail Station missed
one checkpoint and attracted
a ten minute penalty.