News : Valencia Half and Marathon will penalize elite athletes who abuse an excess of competitions
Their fixed emoluments will be reduced by half if they run and complete a race prior to the celebration of the appointments in Valencia Ciudad del Running
The Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP Half Marathon and Marathon will penalize contracted professional athletes who compete in long distance races the days prior to its celebration.
The Covid-19 situation has concentrated in the calendar of next fall, in just four months, most of the road competitions of the year, so there is a risk of overexposure of the runners, subject to long trips, loss of training essentials, deprivation of rest and continuous tension.
“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, benefit from competing indiscriminately, as if there were only the short term, the here and now. For this reason, and because in Valencia we only want those figures who are committed to the sporting objectives that we impose on ourselves, we are going to penalize by contract the fees of those who lavish excessively in the previous weeks “, said Juan Manuel Botella, coordinator of the elite.
In the case of marathon, if a professional athlete finish a marathon 100 days before, an average 30 days before or a 10K 15 days from December 5, your participation fees, as professional athletes you are, will be reduced by 50%.
In the case of half, if an elite athlete finishes a marathon 85 days before, an average 21 days before or a 10K 7 days before October 24, will be reduced by 50%.
“We want to help runners focus on their goals, which this year will be more ambitious than ever in Valencia. We will not treat professionals as merchandise, or as passengers on a frenzied tour of the World Athletics calendar. We know that we have the understanding of the 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 “Bottle added.
52 athletes from 22 countries in the MyBest42
In addition to the elite hired, the Valencia Marathon will once again activate the MyBest42 program this year, with the participation of 52 athletes from 22 different countries, who will arrive at Valencia Ciudad del Running with the intention of achieving their personal brand in the Marathon. These are high-level runners in their respective countries, not all of them professionals, who struggle to break through in the world of athletics or to offer a better version of themselves. These athletes, with a level of less than 2h15: 00 (men) and 2h36: 00 (women) do not receive fees for their participation, but they have elite treatment and three full days of stay in Valencia with all expenses paid.