The organization will include discounts of up to 50% in the professional runners’ contracts if they run on close dates now that the Covid has tightened the calendar
The Valencia Marathon penalize professional athletes contracted who compete in long distance races the days prior to its celebration, scheduled for next December 5. This has been announced by the organization, which will impose the same rule in the Half Marathon, which is held on October 24. The situation Covid-19 has concentrated on the calendar next autumn, in just four months, most of the year’s road competitions, so since the organization of the two Valencian events it is considered that there is a risk that there will be a overexposure of runners, subject to long trips, loss of essential workouts, deprivation of rest and continuous tension.
In the case of the marathon, if a professional athlete finishes a marathon 100 days before, a half marathon 30 days before a 10K 15 days from December 5, their participation fees, as professional athletes that they are, will be reduced by 50%. In the case of the half marathon, if an elite athlete finishes a marathon 85 days before, an average 21 days before or a 10K 7 days before October 24, they will be reduced by 50%.
“Participating in several marathon or half-marathon events, in a short period of time, worsens the quality of life of the high-level runner, and prevents them from enjoying a full and long-lasting sports career. Very few people, if not almost no one benefits by competing indiscriminately, as if there were only the short term, the here and now, “he said. Juan Manuel Bottle, coordinator of the lite test. “For that reason, and because in Valncia we only want those figures who are committed to the sporting goals we set for ourselves, we are going to penalize by contract the fees of those who lavish excessively in the previous weeks, “he added.
“We are not going to treat professionals as merchandise, or as passengers on a frenzied tour of the schedule. World Athletics. We know that we have the understanding of coaches, representatives, federations and the majority of athletes, in the common purpose of building faster, but also more humane, tests that guarantee the health and high performance of the elite “, added Bottle.
In addition to the elite hired, the Valencia Marathon will once again activate the program MyBest42, with the participation of 52 athletes from 22 different countries, who will arrive in Valencia with the intention of achieving their personal best in the marathon. These are high-level runners in their respective countries, not all of them professionals, with a level of less than 2h15: 00 (men) and 2h36: 00 (women) who do not receive fees for their participation, but have elite treatment. and three full days of stay in Valencia with all expenses paid.