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Foz Côa Douro Trail Adventure® (FCDTA) is organized by Carlos Sá Nature Events, with the support of the Municipal Chamber of Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The event will be held in two different dates:
- Foz Côa Douro Trail Adventure 5 Days/5 Stages: from 13th to 17th October 2018;
- Foz Côa Dourto Trail Adventure 8 Days/8 Stages: from 13th to 20th October 2018.

In both cases, 8 or 5 days, there will be a STARTER version, where participants can run a shorter distance in most of the stages.

In the last day of FCDTA 8 Days, on the 20th March, a solidarity race will be held – Foz Côa Solidarity – with the distance of 21 km. It will be a one-day race and it will be open to the general public. Part of the money raised from registrations will be donated to the solidarity institution Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Foz Côa.

The points of interest pass through the magnificent landscapes of mountains and terraced valleys, ripped by the rivers Douro and Côa, through the agricultural fields with vineyards (of the best wines in the World), almond trees in blossom and olive trees. The disused railway line of Tua and Pocinho, the footpaths in the Douro River, starting in the quay of Pocinho, the Côa Museum (the largest collection of rock art in the world), the historical villages of Castelo Rodrigo and Marialva, the villages of Foz Côa , Castelo Melhor, Castelo de Numão, Muxagata, as well as Longroiva (in the municipality of Meda) and Pinhão, many viewpoints and the city of Porto, are some of the most important places in the region.

The gastronomic tourism, with delicacies and ingredients of the region, as well as the art, the culture and the modern Côa Museum, has led to the conditioning of the region as a World Heritage Site in 1998. On boat trips in the Douro River, departing from the quay of Pocinho to Barca d'Alva (in the boat Senhora da Veiga, owned by the Municipal Chamber of Vila Nova de Foz Côa), we can observe the escarpments and the terraces of the vineyards of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro, also a World Heritage Site, which embellish the river banks, making Vila Nova de Foz Côa the "Capital of Almond Trees in Flower”.

There's no time limit for each stage. However the organization reserves the right to create new time barriers at any time during the event, for safety reasons.

There will be also an accompanying-persons program for the families and friends who want to make this unique trip with their athletes!

1ST DAY – SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER – non competitive, not obligatory

FCDTA 8 Days/5 days Advanced/Starter/Hiking – 15km* Historical Porto
The athletes that wish to run this stage must book an hotel in Porto.
17h00 – Meeting point to athletes and accompanying-persons at Porto (place to be defined) and race bibs distribution
18h00 – Start FCDTA 1st stage: Sunset 15Km - non competitive, near the D. Luís' bridge

2ND DAY - SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER

FCDTA 8 Days/5 days Advanced – 25km* Rede - Mafómedes)
FCDTA 8 Days/5 days Starter/Hiking – 15km*
08h30 – Meeting point to athletes and accompanying persons at the train station in Porto
09h10 – Train journey to Rede
10h59 – Arrival to Rede
11h00 – Start FCDTA 2nd stage: 25Km
13h45 – Expected arrival of the first athletes to Mafómedes
14h30 – Lunch at Tasca do Valado (Mafómedes)
16h45 – Expected arrival of the last athletes
17h30 – Bus departure to Douro Marina Hotel & Spa (Resende)
18h30 – Check-in at Douro Marina Hotel & Spa (Resende)
19h30 – Dinner at Douro Marina Hotel & Spa (Resende)

3RD DAY – MONDAY 15th OCTOBER

FCDTA 8 Days/5 days Advanced – 27 km* (Resende - Lamego)
FCDTA 8 Days/5 days Starter/Hiking – 18,5km*
07h00 – Breakfast at Douro Marina Hotel & Spa
08h30 – Start FCDTA 3rd stage: 27 Km (Resende – Lamego)
12h00 – Expected arrival of the first athletes to Lamego
13h00 – Lunch at Lamego
15h00 – Expected arrival of the last athletes to Lamego
16h00 – Bus departure  to Régua
17h18 – Train journey to Pocinho
19h00 – Check-in at Centro de Alto Rendimento (CAR) at Pocinho
20h00 – Dinner, technical briefing and overnight stay at CAR

4TH DAY – TUESDAY 16th OCTOBER

FCDTA 8 Days/5 Days Advanced – 45km/1600D+/1600D-* (Cidadelhe – Foz Côa)
FCDTA 8 Days/5 Days Starter/Hiking – 23km/600D+/700D-* (Cidadelhe – Castelo Melhor)
 
06h30 – Breakfast at CAR
07h30 – Bus departure to Marialva
08h15 – Arrival and cultural visit at Marialva
09h15 - Bus departure to Cidadelhe
10h00 – Start FCDTA - Advanced 4th stage: 45Km (Cidadelhe)
10h00 – Start FCDTA - Starter 4th stage: 23Km (Cidadelhe)
12h00 – Expected arrival of the first starter athlete to Castelo Melhor
13h45 – Expected arrival of the first advanced athlete to Vila Nova de Foz Côa
14h00 – Lunch at CAR
17h00 - Expected arrival of the last athletes to Vila Nova de Foz Côa
19h00 – Dinner at CAR, technical briefing and overnight stay at CAR

5TH DAY – WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER

FCDTA 8 Days/ 5 Days Advanced –24km/200D+/850D-* (Castelo Rodrigo – Barca  d’Alva)
FCDTA 8 Days/ 5 Days Starter/Hiking – 12km/150D+/650D-* (Escalhão – Barca d’Alva)
06h30 – Breakfast at CAR
07h30 – Bus departure to Castelo Rodrigo
08h30 – Arrival to Castelo Rodrigo
09h00 – Start FCDTA Advanced 5th stage: 24Km Castelo Rodrigo – Barca d’Alva
09h30 – Start FCDTA Starter 5th stage: 12Km Escalhão – Barca d’Alva
11h15 – Expected arrival of the first athletes to Barca D'Alva
13h00 – Expected arrival of the last athlete to Barca D'Alva
13h00 – Lunch at Sra. da Veiga’s ship
13h30 – Departure of the Cruise Barca D'Alva – Pocinho
16h30 – Arrival to Pocinho
17h20 – Train journey back to Porto (FCDTA 5 Days athletes)
19h00 – Dinner, technical briefing and overnight stay at CAR (FCDTA 8 Days athletes)

6th Day – Thursday 18th October

FCDTA 8 Days Advanced – 25km/1000D+/900D-* (S. João da Pesqueira – Castelo de Numão)
FCDTA 8 Days Starter/Hiking – 14km/1000D+/400D-* (São Xisto – Castelo de Numão)
07h00 – Breakfast at CAR
08h00 – Bus departure to S. João da Pesqueira
08h50 – Arrival to S. João da Pesqueira
09h00 – Start FCDTA Advanced 6th stage: 25Km (S. João da Pesqueira – Castelo Numão)
09h30 – Start FCDTA Starter 6th stage: 14Km (S. Xisto – Castelo Numão)
12h30 – Expected arrival of the first athletes to Castelo de Numão
14h00 – Expected arrival of the last athletes at Castelo de Numão
14h30 - Lunch at CAR
19h00 – Dinner, technical briefing and overnight stay at CAR

7th Day – Friday 19th de October

FCDTA 8 Days Advanced/Starter/Hiking – 12km/400D+/700D-* (Torre de Moncorvo – Pocinho)
07h00 – Breakfast at CAR
08h00 – Bus departure to Torre de Moncorvo
08h20 – Arrival at Torre de Moncorvo
09h30 – Start FCDTA 7th stage: 12Km (all races)
10h45 – Expected arrival of the first athletes to CAR
12H30 – Lunch at CAR
13h00 – Expected arrival of the last athletes to CAR
16H00 – Cultural visit at Quinta Vale Meão
19h00 – Dinner, technical briefing and overnight stay at CAR

8th Day – Saturday 20h October

FCDTA 8 Days Advanced/Starter/Hiking and Solidarity Race – 21km/1000D+/1000D-*
07h00 – Breakfast at CAR
08h00 – Bus transfer CAR – Côa Museum
08h30 – Côa Museum visit
09h00 – Start FCDTA 8th stage: all races
10h30 – Expected arrival of the first athletes to Vila Nova de Foz Côa centre
13h00 – Lunch
13h30 – Prize giving ceremony
14h00 – Transfer to CAR
15H30 - Expected arrival of the last athletes to Vila Nova de Foz Côa centre
17h20 – Transfer Pocinho - Porto Campanhã
20h35 – Arrival to Porto Campanhã (Events’ end)
FCDTA 5 Days - maximum number of participants: 100
Until 31st May 2018 –550€
Until 30th september 2018 – 600€

Includes:

  • Train journey: Porto – start of the event (14th October) / end of the event (17th October) – Porto;
  • Transfers between stages everyday;
  • 3 nights in hotel (CAR), breakfast included, double or single occupancy (double rooms are limited in number (11));
  • 1 night in hotel (Douro Marina Hotel), breakfast included, single, double or triple occupancy (single rooms are limited in number);
  • 3 dinners;
  • 4 light lunches (at the end of each stage);
  • Douro River cruise: Barca D'alva - Pocinho;
  • Personal accident insurance;
  • Rescue and emergency services;
  • Refreshments (food and drinks) approximately every 10 km;
  • Finalist prize;
  • Event souvenir;
  • Other possible prizes.

It does not include:

  • Flight or trip to Porto;
  • Night in Hotel and dinner at 13th October 2018;
  • Massages (10€ each);
  • Any other services not specified above. 
FCDTA 8 Days - maximum number of participants: 100
Until 31st May 2018 – 880€
Until 30th September 2018 – 980€

Includes:

  • Train journey: Porto – start of the event (14th October) / end of the event (20th October) – Porto
  • Transfers between stages everyday
  • 5 nights in hotel (CAR), breakfast included, double or single occupancy (double rooms are limited in number (11))
  • 1 night in hotel (Douro Marina Hotel), breakfast included, single, double or triple occupancy (single rooms are limited in number)
  • 6 dinners
  • 7 light lunches (at the end of each stage);
  • Douro River cruise, Pocinho - Barca D'alva - Pocinho;
  • Personal accident insurance;
  • Rescue and emergency services;
  • Refreshments (food and drinks) approximately every 10 km;
  • Finalist prize;
  • Event souvenir;
  • Other possible prizes.

It does not include:

  • Flight or trip to Porto;
  • Night in Hotel and dinner at 13th October 2018;
  • Massages (10€ each);
  • Any other services not specified above.

(No changes to the participant’s data will be allowed after 30th September 2018.)

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