Like all highway races, the 39es Waldo’s races had been canceled in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic that was hitting the planet. But on Tuesday night, the varsity sq. and the streets of Waldolwisheim will open once more to runners.
Rediscovering the ambiance of the races is already a victory
Of course, the document of 562 runners in 2015 is not going to be damaged, however for Bernard Linder and the agricultural middle of Waldolwisheim, organizers of the occasion, discovering the ambiance of the races is already a victory. “Indeed, not being able to organize the 39es Waldo’s races in 2020 will have been a real heartbreak for the entire organizing team. So here we are at 40e editing. An anniversary that will be celebrated at a minimum since the circulation of the virus is still active. But at least we’ll see people again on the different (adult) courses. When in 1982, at the age of 25, I launched the first edition of Waldo’s races, I never imagined giving the start of the fortieth in 2021. But there you have it, thanks to the dedication of all and the constantly renewed mobilization of a loyal organizing team, the Waldo races (oldest event in Bas-Rhin and 2e oldest in Alsace, editor’s word) discover every year this lovely communion between the general public and the sportsmen ”, underlines Bernard Linder.
Three races scheduled
Even if the coronavirus nonetheless represents a menace, an appointment is made Tuesday night for the “40e edition ”of Waldo’s races. The Covid-19 and the health crisis having turned our lives upside down, the organizers this year canceled the 4 youth races which traditionally open the festivities, “to keep away from any collective regrouping of minors”, in addition to the favored ball on the multipurpose corridor within the consequence of the races. Only the three Waldo races open to all classes from the cadet (te) s are maintained on this system, specifically: at 8:10 p.m., a 12.2 km nature race; at 8:20 p.m., a 7132m race and at 8:30 p.m., the 15km of Waldo.