Se está corriendo el Tetra de Chapelco. Cuántos recuerdos!!!!!

Hoy se largó la edición 24 del Tetra de Chapelco y cada vez que se está corriendo un Tetra, vienen a mi memoria millones de recuerdos de todos las veces que lo corríLos primeros años me sentía parte del Tetra, no concebía un año sin correrlo, es más, nuestros planes de vacaciones familiares estaban basados siempre en organizarnos para estar ahí. En esa época había solo 2 carreras importantes. Una era el Tetra de Chapelco y la otra el Pentatlón de San Rafael. En esa época también éramos muy pocos los “locos” que hacíamos estos deportes ”desconocidos para muchos”. Me pasaba siempre que tenía que explicar cómo eran estas carreras y como eran algunos deportes porque ni siquiera los conocían. Kayak?? Que es eso???

En el año 1987 éramos un grupo que nos juntábamos varias veces a la semana en el bajo de San Isidro y salíamos a correr. Participábamos de carreras de calle de 5 u 8 kms y de triatlones organizados por las guarderías del bajo donde las disciplinas eran windsurf, running y bici, pero eran cortos no duraban más de 2 horas.

Un día recibimos una invitación de Chapelco para participar de una carrera que se realizaría en la montaña y que estaba organizada por un pionero en deportes no convencionales Tony Zdrazil. Por supuesto todos aceptamos la invitación, yo era la única mujer del grupo, como pasaba siempre en esa época y estábamos excitadísimos con esta super aventura que nos esperaba.

Cuando llegamos a San Martín de los Andes conocimos a los otros participantes, algunos eran deportistas destacados como José Luis Fonrouge (experto kayakista y montañista) y Jorge Renosto (campeón de ski acuático) y los locales Luis Vera, instructor de esquí, y Rubén Quintana, Patrullero de Chapelco y Tomy Djapick instructor de ski de Bariloche.

No teníamos ni idea como iba a ser la carrera, solo teníamos que llevar la ropa porque todo lo demás nos lo daban allá. Todos tendríamos las mismas bicis sin cambios y los mismos kayaks.

Lleguamos a Chapelco y ese día nos mostraron el circuito y no podíamos creen todo lo que tendríamos que hacer, nos parecía imposible poder terminar todo!!!!!.

Jamás habíamos corrido ni pedaleado en montaña y el circuito Arrayanes con una bici sin cambios era mortal!!! Pero todos estábamos muy ansiosos y entusiasmados con el Tetra.

Para la mayoría de nosotros era el mayor Desafío de nuestras vidas!!!!

La mayoría esquiaba muy bien. Yo baje todo el cerro en cuña junto con Renosto que pedía que le derritan la nieve!!! Tarde 29 minutos en llegar a la base desde el Graeff!! Desde allí bajamos campo traviesa hasta el hotel Sol donde nos daban las bicis.

Por supuesto todos subimos arrayanes caminando, era imposible hacerlo en la bici sin cambios.

Cuando llegue a los kayaks fue increíble, había varios hombres que les resultaba imposible llevar el kayak derecho y daban vueltas sin parar, yo por suerte había practicado en el río así que di la vuelta sin problemas.

Llegar a la playa fue maravilloso, todos festejábamos el haber terminado el Tetra, nos sentíamos invencibles!!!!!

A la noche nos juntamos en lo que luego seria una de las cosas más típicas del tetra La fiesta!!!!! Y a pesar que estábamos muertos, teníamos energía para bailar!

En 1988 se fueron sumando también corredores de Buenos Aires como Sebastián Tagle, (que salió segundo), y por supuesto de San Martín entre ellos Marisol Ibáñez que ante el asombro de todos pasaba a los hombres en la bici como si estuvieran parados!!!

Así año tras año, fue la cita infaltable de la mayoría que corrimos el primero, nuestros planes de invierno eran en función del Tetra y cada vez el recorrido era más largo, más duro, más desafiante y con más inscriptos.

A partir de la tercera edición en el 1989 yo había organizado el equipo New Balance y arme equipos en distintas provincias. Varios meses antes del Tetra empezaba con la organización, que ropa íbamos a tener, donde íbamos a vivir todos los equipos, que camioneta íbamos a alquilar, etc. Una semana antes viajábamos todos los de Bs As en la trafic toda ploteada con New Balance, con bicis, kayaks, etc era un caos!!! Siempre alquilábamos las mismas cabañas para todos los NB donde vivimos unos momentos únicos y maravillosos!! Durante el día no parábamos de esquiar, bajábamos el cerro en bici, salíamos a correr y a la noche eran todas anécdotas!! Muchos viajábamos con la familia, yo personalmente desde 1988 lleve a siempre a mis hijas.

Tuve la suerte de correr 8 Tetras, los primeros 7 y la edición 20 y con cada uno hay una anécdota, los que fuimos atras del Teta, los que hacíamos la bici con Arrayanes y Quila Quina hasta el kayak, las remadas con el lago peligrosísimo con muchas olas, también tuvimos días maravillosos de sol, días de muchísimo frío, con lluvia, con nieve, con barro, con viento, pero todos los Tetras que corrí fueron “Espectaculares”. Porque no es solo la carrera en sí que es única, sino también la gente de San Martín, que te alienta siempre, en cada lugar que te cruzas con la ruta o la playa o las calles de la ultima corrida, siempre están ahí alentándote y dándote manija, Flavio y José Vaccarezza, quien quedara siempre vivo en los corazones de todos los que lo queríamos, con la radio trasmitiendo desde todo el circuito, y muchas otras cosas que uno siente cuando estas corriendo por esos lugares increíbles, donde uno no deja de pensar “mira donde estoy”

En el 2006, para la edición número 20 volví ,armamos equipo con Luis Vera , también pionero, pero el mal tiempo no ayudó a que podamos terminar la bici en horario y quedamos fuera de la carrera, pero tenía tantas ganas de hacer la parte pedestre que los espere a Tomy Petersen y a Jeanpo Piscione, también pioneros del tetra, e hicimos juntos el mítico recorrido.

Ese año fue también muy emocionante ver como mi hija Angie junto con su marido, terminaron en 2 lugar en una de las ediciones mas difíciles del Tetra! Yo no podía dejar de recordarla junto a Cata mi otra hija, alentándome desde muy chiquitas en los parques cerrados, en las calles y siempre esperándome en las llegadas y de pronto verla en el podio!!! Fue muy fuerte y emocionante!!

Ahora muchos de los corredores son hijos de los que corríamos antes                  

Así es el Tetra, la única carrera que perduró en el tiempo como ” La carrera” que todos quieren correr por lo menos una vez en la vida.

El año que viene se cumplen 25 años y allí estaré para correr mi noveno Tetra y volver a disfrutar la carrera mas mítica de la Argentina!!!!

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65 thoughts on “Se está corriendo el Tetra de Chapelco. Cuántos recuerdos!!!!!”

  1. Vir, se me pone la piel de gallina al leer tus palabras y volver a vivir nuestras historias de lso primeros tetras!!! inolvidable. El tiempo sigue su rumbo, nuevos participantes, y los mismos, la FM siguiéndonos en moto, las nevadas, aprovecho para saludar a Luis Vera y Rubén Quintana y a todos los que participaron! El Tetra es más que una carrera. Es un gran familia organizando, compitiendo más con uno mismo que con los demás, más con un kayak roto (el mío)…..ojalá cada uno sepa disfrutarlo este 2010. Y que el año 2011 sea un año de reencuentros y festejos>!!!!!!!!
    Vir, siempre ahi!!! beso LOLA

  2. Tanta trayectoria Virginia, sos admirable, me acuerdo que corri con vos el Tetra 2005 y 2006 – 2007cuando se largo en esa tormenta de nieve y habia mucho barro en la bici, llegamos empapados al running. Que bueno que estuvo el 2006, y en el 2005 el dia estuvo soleado . Este año me inscribi en el Tetra con el nro 133 pero me impidió ir por una lesion en la mano. Te mando un abrazo desde -Tucuman. Jorge

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