We remember people persecuted in search of freedom, crossing rivers and mountains On the night of November 29, 2021, the “Rosa del Nord” Walk and Race was held in memory of the people persecuted in the mountains of the Pyrenees in search of freedom during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 and the Second World War 1942-45.
We especially remember an expedition in which Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer went and entered Andorra on the night of December 1, 1937.
La Rosa del Nord, which runs from Bellestar to Sant Julià de Lòria, corresponds approximately to the last stage of this expedition: 22 km of route and 1,600 m of positive accumulated difference in altitude.
Runners participating in the North Rose identify with all the fugitives and persecuted by totalitarian ideologies around the world and that is why they run at night, without refreshments and in adverse weather conditions, as it is done at the gates of winter.
The race is for couples with three modalities: male, female and mixed.
After the race could not be held in 2018 and 2020 due to Covid, this year it has been restarted with a slightly weak turnout. 28 people took part in the Walk and 42 in the Race.
The organization was led by Gerard Riart and Maria Segarra, from the Andorran company VSL Sports, and Toni Cucurull, from the Friends of the Camí de Pallerols de Rialb to Andorra Association. More than 15 volunteers took part in the success of the celebration.
The Race started at 17:30 and ended at 23:00. The winning pair took 2:30:25 and the last ones took a time of 5:13:59.
The volunteers were located in the Collada de la Torre, in the river Civís, in the village of Argolell, in the Mas d’Alins and in the Borda dels Ginebres (next to the Borda del Gastó), which very kindly leaves us every year Carles Álvarez Marfany, Ambassador of Andorra to the Vatican. Finally, at the Sant Julià de Lòria sports center, there were other volunteers who prepared bread with tomato, cold cuts, cake, drinks, fruit, etc., to give a little something to the walkers when they arrived.
We must also thank Esther, the mistress of the house of the Pardines, who attended to the walkers with hot drinks as she passed in front of her house.

The winners of the “Rosa del Nord 2021” Race were:
Male couples

1. Esteban Olivero and Maël Allaire 2:30:25
2. Marco Moreira and Jordi Gallego 2:43:23
3. Oscar Casal and Carlos Fernández 2:48:43
Female couples

1. Roser Español and Sílvia Puigarnau 3:02:19
2. Teresa Forn and Núria Villegas 4:18:45
3. Pili Solé and Sònia Carrillo 4:38:44
Mixed couples

1. Fermín Azkargorta and Irati Azkargorta 3:25:43
2. Genís Calderó and Montse Benabarre 3:50:18
3. Ramon Lladós and Georgina Carmeniu 3:51:36

Notes
1. For more information on the race: participants, classification, photos, etc., visit
rosadelnord.org.
2. For information, we now give the rankings only of the best times used by the winners of the last 9 years:


Year 2021 (race with couples). Total Participants: 70 people1. Esteban Olivero and Maël Allaire 2:30:25
2. Marco Moreira and Jordi Gallego 2:43:23
3. Oscar Casal and Carlos Fernández 2:48:43


Year 2020 Nothing was done, by Covid ————————


Year 2019 (Race with couples). Total Participants: 100 people1. Albert Escales and Martí Lázaro 2:13:04
Current record
2. Tom Donnenwirth and Robin Juillaguet 2:18:26
3. Guillem Campeny and Xavier Jové 2:26:32


Year 2018 Only Walk was done because of the Covid ——-


Year 2017 (race with couples). Total Participants: 283 people1. Marc Alonso – Josep Cuadrat 2:23:55
2. Diego Cardozo – Víctor Agreda 2:29:11
3. Carlos Fernández – David Méndez 2:40:26


Year 2016 (race with couples). Total Participants: 208 people

1. Adrià Duarri – Iu Escolà 2:26:47
2. Gerard Jové – Francesc Jové 2:34:58
3. Carlos Bartrina – Bernat Barnés 2:36:31


Year 2015 (race with couples). Total Participants: 145 people

1. Gregory Doucende – Nathan Jovet 2:25:30
2. Eric Moya – Marc Traserra 2:27:22
3. Xavier Jové – Gerard Jové 2:29:56


Year 2014 (race with couples, with rain). Total Participants: 52 people

1. Xavier Jové – Jan Margarit 2:34:48
2. Victor Agreda – Diego Cardozo 2:37:02
3. Xavier Guillamó – Joan Torné 2:47:06


Year 2013 (individual race, with snow and cold). Total Participants: 28 people

1. Marc Alonso 2:53:10
2. Xavier Jové 2:56:07
3. Gerard Jové 3: 02.12