The Mayor of Albufeira
Eduardo da Silva e Sousa
On behalf of the Municipality of Albufeira
and on my own behalf it is indeed a
privilege and pleasure to warmly welcome all
of you to the 37th edition of
The Almond Blossom International
carried out a great effort to provide the
county with modern and flexible sport
infrastructures, giving a sporting quality
offer to its citizens and complementing it
with event organizations in order to achieve
the promotion and spread of sports practice.
The Almond Blossom International
Cross-Country Race is a world benchmark in
This year’s edition will also host the 52th
edition of the Cup of Champions Clubs of
Cross Country. It’s a unique opportunity to
see up close some of the best athletes of
Albufeira will prove with certainty to be a
place of excellence for the success of this
organization and it is with great pleasure
that we receive all participants with open
Welcome to Albufeira!
I am very pleased to see that the 51st
edition of the European Champion Clubs Cup
Cross Country is being held in Albufeira,
Portugal on Sunday 2 February 2014.
This is one of the best locations to
practice cross country in all of Europe,
with the European Cross Country
Championships having taken place on this
very same course back in 2010.
Many European, world and Olympic champions
have competed in this race. It is sure to
bring the best out of the current top
European athletes competing for the club
Following the success of Belgrade 2013, this
cross country season has been an excellent
one and I am sure this ECCC Cross Country
event will continue to maintain the high
I would like to thank the local organising
committee for their work in putting together
this special programme that includes four
I look forward to following the events in
President of the Algarve Tourism Board
On behalf of the Algarve Tourism Board I
welcome to Açoteias Cross Country track, in
Albufeira, all athletes competing for the
2014 European Champion Clubs Cup (ECCC)
Famous for its beaches of white sand, first
class golf courses and for long time the
leading holiday destination in Portugal, the
Algarve is honoured to host the 51st
ECCC Cross Country six years after the
previous European athletics major event
staged in Albufeira.
All together with the ECCC Cross Country,
the 37th Almond Blossom Cross
Country Race is another classical meeting
ongoing for several decades during the
Both events will certainly outstand the
remarkable all year around outdoor sporting
facilities in the Algarve.
So whether it is for the beaches, the golf
or the nice weather, we’ll be waiting for
your visit once again!
Artur Lara Ramos
The Algarve Athletic Association is going to
stage once again and simultaneously this
year with the ever Almond Blossom Cross
Country (in its 37th edition) the
51st European Clubs Champions
Cup, involving almost 60 teams distributed
by seniors and juniors of both grades.
This association has been engaged with
similar prestigious European and national
organizations and once again is proud to
give continuity to history by which having
had organizers of a very high level it has
always met its expectations.
The obtained success would not have been
reached if it were not for the touristic
richness and climate of the Algarve as well
as its hotels, promoting in the country and
in Europe high levels of renowned quality.
a very special welcome to athletes and
coaches to whom I wish the best of success.