The organizers of the Trail Gravona and people of the Trail Napoléon wish to relaunch their occasions and sport in the nice outside, with applicable well being measures. They will thus submit their file to the prefecture and hope for a inexperienced mild from the authorities if the state of affairs doesn’t worsen.
Amateur sport has been at a standstill for a lot of months. If the ban on the group of indoor competitions is simpler to know, with regard to well being dangers, the veto of these deliberate outside, in the center of nature and in massive areas, was much less comprehensible in Corsica, in a territory amongst the least impacted in France by the well being disaster since the start of the yr.
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In France, we’ve got certainly remained on a nationwide and centralized posture which dates from October 28 with the decree of the second confinement whereas the state of affairs in many territories, together with Corsica, has been far more favorable since Christmas. Today, some golf equipment don’t wish to give in to the ambient and generalized torpor.
Thus, whereas all the races outside the stadium and different triathlons have been canceled since November, the leaders of CS Mezzavia, organizer of the Trail Gravona and Corsica Run Xtrem (CRX), the organizing membership of the Trail Napoleon, don’t decrease the costs. arms. To revive sport earlier than returning to an nearly regular life, if the state of affairs associated to the coronavirus doesn’t deteriorate.
“Federation and league, with absent subscribers”
They subsequently intend to arrange their occasion. For this, they’re taking the lead and making ready to submit their case to the Ajaccio prefecture. Not with out having enormously modified the organizational strategies in order to adapt to well being necessities.
Philippe Usciati has even already accomplished it for the Gravona Trail, scheduled for April 18 in Ucciani. “We have proposed an evolving protocol. We canceled the 42 km and we deliberate to cease refueling. The drawback is that the prefecture doesn’t talk. We don’t have any interlocutor. The French athletics federation and the Corsican league are additionally absent subscribers. They don’t step as much as discover a derogatory mode, as can do different sports activities federations … “
A widespread criticism amongst runners. And on the aspect of the leaders of the Napoleon Trail, whose occasion is scheduled for May 2, the discourse is kind of the identical.
“We did not receive any instructions from the prefecture. So, we drew up our specifications, set out in our file and made commitments, in order to be able to organize this 20e edition of the Napoleon Trail which could be, if not the first, at least one of the first events to be contested in 2021 ”explains Jean-Michel Catani, member of the CRX.
Numerous sanitary measures
No public in the start and end space at Place du Casone, adverse assessments requested on the day of departure from all individuals, allocation of bib numbers in advance, start spaced out by group of six athletes: the Ajaccian membership has proposed quite a few options in order to restrict potential dangers as a lot as potential.
A 20e version which is not going to essentially be in the typical format and an anniversary date which can lack well-liked enthusiasm since usually, the occasion brings collectively practically 1,500 individuals.
“This time will probably be truncated as a result of we’ve got solely deliberate two totally different distances with the traditional 23 km Napoleon Trail and the 43 km Imperial Trail. So the 10-kilometer race is gone, the hottest as a result of it’s the most accessible. “It’s the one that draws the most individuals. We subsequently wished to intentionally restrict the mass impact and subsequently the dangers. This can be why we’ve got additionally deliberate pretty spaced departures, at 7 am and 9:30 am and a gauge of 250 individuals per race, so a complete of 500. We are usually not inventing something. We are impressed by what has already been accomplished for a number of weeks in Spain or in Italy the place the occasions have been relaunched and it’s working properly, with one thing pretty safe for everybody. “
Already 400 registration requests
Almost 400 registration requests, together with postponements from final yr, have already reached CRX, removed from being overwhelmed by very particular organizational constraints.
“There will be no buffet on arrival. The race will inevitably lose in conviviality. It’s not a question of money, we never won anything but the idea is to give back the pleasure of running in a safe way on the Crest Trail in Ajaccio. We had to cancel in 2020. It is important for everyone to be able to plan on something in the current gloomy context. We are therefore very much in demand, not only by island runners but also by those who come from the Continent ”continues Jean-Michel Catani.
The CRX desires to be cautious, nonetheless, whereas the figures for the epidemic in Corsica have a tendency to extend lately. “It is clear that there is no such thing as a query of passing in power and we stay attentive to the evolution of the state of affairs in the weeks to come back. “
The file for the group of the Napoleon Trail will thus be submitted in a fortnight, that’s to say a month earlier than the race. Largely sufficient to refine the final traces of a watered down and remodeled occasion however which desires above all to exist in 2021, after being canceled final yr like many others.
“I’m in opposition to suspending as a result of the schedule is already too busy. If we’re informed no, there will probably be no take a look at in 2021 and we are going to see one another again subsequent yr … I perceive, nonetheless, that the well being state of affairs is at present deteriorating and that, for us, the risk of passing is diminished »Breathes Philippe Usciati.
Will a brand new start be potential in the spring? We can have the reply in a number of days.