The restrictions established by the European Union for the traffic of passengers from third countries and the impossibility of traveling health of participants, family and fans force to postpone it until 2021.
The worldwide health situation caused by Covid-19, with special incidence even today in countries to which figures belong international trail running and popular athletes that every year compete in La Palma, has forced the suspension of the Transvulcania 2020, which had been rescheduled from September 26 to October 3, after that in May it had to be held virtually.
The number of deaths from coronavirus has reached half a million people, with the uncontrolled pandemic in different cities where contagions multiply every day. The European Union faces a slow reopening of borders with the entry of residents of only 15 countries. Citizens of the United States, Brazil, Russia or Mexico are banned from entering, which reveals the need to cancel any sports event that can boast of being a benchmark international, which Transvulcania undoubtedly is.
The Sports Councilor of the Cabildo de La Palma, Raúl Camacho, has assured that “we know the sports, economic and social importance Transvulcania, but there are no minimum security conditions for its celebration as we know it ”, making special emphasis that “under no circumstances can we jeopardize the health of athletes, family, fans and each and every one of the people who reside on our island. “
Camacho has also underlined the limitations of participation that established in the decrees on the new normality, with competitions outdoors with a maximum of 1,000 people, with restrictions for public, as well as in the aid stations and in each and every one of the organization details. “We have worked until the last moment thinking that the test could be held, exhausting all deadlines that we had marked, but being clear that we were not willing to devalue the brand. Transvulcania has a prestige in the that the support of the society of our island has been decisive and not we can ruin it with a lousy decision from the point of health and organizational view ”, he sentenced.
Transvulcania joins other international benchmark tests that are not compatible with the current one health context. These were the cases of the Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc, Zegama Aizkorri, the WMRA Mountain Racing World Cup or Tor Des Geants, among dozens of races around the world that are not have been able to celebrate for the Covid-19.
The Sports Counselor has indicated that “our objective is now to organize for 2021 a Transvulcania at the height of the prestige that has the test.¨ Informing that “all the runners who wish change the registration for May next year will have their place guaranteed.¨ While those with different circumstances and can not participate in the next edition, will receive a 100% refund of the registration fee.