RunDeal EU

The title of this project is Running for Green Development at Local Level (RunDEAL). It makes reference to the new European Green Deal and its link with sport. The general objective of the project is to support the mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers and staff of non-profit sport organisations. For this achievement, the project has the specific goal of promoting the mobility of athletes and volunteers for the promotion of transnational sports activities linked to mountain running that enable green economic development to small municipalities, facing with greater guarantees, the economic crisis that COVID 19 will generate. For that purpose, this project is formed by a multidisciplinary team that from the point of view of the academy (AUEB), the public administration (municipality of Pego and City Council of Reguengos de Monsaraz) and sport (Spor Elcilen Dernegi) will participate in the elaboration of a green development strategies at local level based on mountain running. Furthermore, this project is aligned to the economic dimension of sport of the European Union Work Plan for Sport.


The consortium is made up of:
Ayuntamiento de Pego, España, como líder de este proyecto.
Universidad de Economía y Negocios de Athens de Grecia.
Ayuntamiento de Reguengos de Monsaraz de Portugal
Asociación Spor Elcilen Dernegi de Turquía

MINUTES of the RunDEAL Project Meeting in Reguengos de Monsaraz on 26-27 March 2022

25 March

All the partners arrived in Reguengos de Monsaraz on Friday. The people in charge of Reguengos welcomed us and took us all together for dinner with typical Portuguese food. In this informal meeting they gave us a cultural, gastronomic and sporting explanation of the area.


26 March

After breakfast, at 8 o’clock in the morning, the members of the project visited the start of the 60 km race in the main square. During the morning, we visited local cultural sites.

After lunch, al 3 o’clock in the afernoon, the members of the project and all citizens who would like to go, We attended the conferences on sport and sustainability, the basis of the project.

The official meeting started in a municipal library at 15 h.

First, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Monica, who was in charge of the meeting, opened the meeting and introduced the people who were going to make the presentations. She also gave a presentation about the town, the sport, the mountain race, its sporting events and the relationship with sustainability.

Afterwards, the presentations were given by Jorge Bravo and Hugo Folgado, from the University of Évora, who presented Active Ageing and Social distance in inter-school playground with effects on children’s social and emotional competence and physical activity.

When they finished, the presentations were given by Vanghelis Vassilatos and Elias Demian, from the Athens University of Economics and Business, who presented European values and the links between sport, economy and development in the framework of the European Union’s strategy to face the crisis.

To finish the day, Josep Llorca, from Municipality of Pego, presented the Project Report and the Sustainable Development Goals achieved by our mountain races.

It was emphasized that communication is very important for the project.

More than 20 people participated in the seminar.


27 March

After breakfast, all the participants were transferred to the Monsaraz for the race. The Monsaraz Natur Trail was organized in two races, a 30 km race starting at 9 a.m. and a 16.1 km race starting at 9:30 a.m. We ran the 15 km race, it was very well organized, there were refreshments for the participants and at the end of the race they gave 2 medals for finishing the race.

For the race we were 12 participants of the project and there were 1.000 registered participants. The organization, the volunteers and the sustainability and green development actions during the sport event was excellent.

At the end of the race and the awards ceremony, we returned to the hotel to change and have lunch with all the partners.

After lunch, all the partners went sightseeing. We went to the Praia Fluvial of Monsaraz; we visited Xerez Megalithic Enclosure, which is a historical monument. The tour was guided by a Monsaraz tourism professional who explained the culture, the history of the town and the legends of the different historical monuments. The tour lasted approximately 2 hours.

At the end of the sightseeing day, the Greek partners left the city and the rest of us went to dinner together.


28 March

The rest of the partners departed from the city.

The RunDeal Project has started!

The first transnational meeting of the RunDeal project took place in Malatya last November. The city council of Pego together with other European partners: Association Sport Elcilen Dernegi (Malatya),Turkey, the University of Economics and Business of Athens, and the City Council of Regengos de Monsaratz have started this project which is part of the Erasmus + sport programme and will continue until June this year.

The initiative was financed with European funds and was designed as a project that would complement the environment and sport with the mobility of people between countries. Thus, the main event of this meeting was a race that took place in the Levent Valley. This valley is seen as one of the world’s most precious natural fields for its geological features and was the perfect place to hold the event. More than forty local and international runners from different parts of Europe such as Spain, Portugal and Greece participated in the race. Furthermore, in this first event there were conferences related to sustainable tourism, the importance of taking care of the environment and an exchange of good practices to raise awareness of our nature at the same time that healthy practices are carried out.

The project will continue until the end of June, with more international meetings scheduled in the other partner countries, the next meeting will be in Regengos de Monseraz at the end of March.