Torrevieja’s popular Half-Marathon will not take place as scheduled at the end of February because no contract has been awarded to a company to run the event, despite the race having a 35-year history, and the date having been advertised for a long time.
The Half-Marathon, along with an associated 10-kilometre race, attracts competitors and spectators from around Spain and Europe, and has been regarded as an extremely well-run event. The men’s race last year was won by Stuart Spencer from Leicestershire.
Sports councillor Víctor Ferrández was forced into confirming the event’s postponement after opposition Partido Popular councillor Luisma Pizana said that no registration details for athletes had been published via the internet.
Ferrández said the race would not be staged without an official contract being awarded to run it, but did not expand on why it took so long for him to make a statement on the matter, and what the problems were in the first place.
It’s another blow to Torrevieja’s sporting prestige after La Vuelta’s cyclists had to by-pass the city centre in August because the council claimed they could not provide satisfactory levels of policing.