Circumventing the coronavirus without losing the tradition and origin of the San Silvestre Vallecana is what the organization of the most popular end of the year test will try. After devising a way to run the race “online” for “amateur” runners, the wide avenues of the Ensanche de Vallecas will be the place through which the “bubble circuit” will run through which professional athletes will “fly”. «It has been chosen to carry out the test together with the Sports City of Rayo Vallecano » so that, the organization points out, “security is guaranteed and the symbolic link of the event with the neighborhood is maintained.”
«The organization has at all times been sensitive to the voice of the neighbors, transferred through various organizations and has proposed this new scenario to the Madrid City Council, which, as usual, has shown all its support for the test and also this alternative circuit », add the organizers.
Given the circumstances, the organization rejected the idea of developing the competition in its usual route, which starts at the stadium of Santiago Benabéu to Rayo Vallecano, in Puente de Vallecas. With the aim of preventing thousands of people from gathering around the perimeter as usual to encourage the participants, a 2.5-kilometer closed-door journey was planned in which the professionals will have to walk four laps. To participate, times less than 34 minutes must be demonstrated in 10 kilometers in men and 40 in women. Both groups will start in two goals, in order to maintain, as far as possible, contact between runners.
Although the Deputy Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Antonio Zapatero, explained today that “new authorizations for the celebration of recreational activities” are suspended in the region, the deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, clarified that sports events are governed by other criteria. «Yesterday the route that will pass through the Ensanche de Vallecas was determined. The organization is holding dialogues with the Community of Madrid to finalize the details. We are not going to have the usual one, we had already assumed that, “said the deputy mayor, who also usually participates as a fan in the test.