In a pandemic season, there were no Trilhos dos Abutres this year, but Associação Abutrica insisted on keeping the trail's flame alive and carried out an online debate that brought together players of the sport and expressed the will to create a Center High Performance in Miranda do Corvo.
The event started with a luxury panel discussing the necessary strategy for the near future of mountain running.
Jorge Vieira, president of the Portuguese Athletics Federation, guaranteed his support for the trail, stating that “the richness of athletics increased with the entry of the trail”.
The President of the Trail Running Association of Portugal, Rui Pinho, said that "there is an effort to integrate the trail into athletics, which is something of interest to the association, athletes and the whole community". José Carlos Santos, vice president of the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), highlighted the double-digit growth of the trail, and said that the pandemic had a very positive effect on the sport, with the increase in demand for outdoor sports, the emergence of new formats and new business groups that are investing in outdoor running events.
Miguel Baptista, Mayor of Miranda do Corvo, Pedro Machado, President of Turismo Centro de Portugal, António Figueiredo, Vice-Rector of the University of Coimbra, and Rui Simão, President of Aldeias do Xisto, followed the debate of sport in active tourism in the Centro Region.
Everyone agreed that this region has many kilometers available for the practice of trail, and that the effects on accommodation and restaurants are exponentially positive when an event such as the Trail Running World Championship takes place in 2019. António Figueiredo expressed the availability of the University from Coimbra to help in the evolution strategy of the sport, with all the “tools” that the institution has, from engineering to psychology.
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