The organization of the X Miles of Guadiana track and field competition, held uninterrupted since 1992, decided to cancel the 27th edition, scheduled for November, due to the works that are taking place at the Guadiana International Bridge.
"Given the uncertainty that we can count on the use and adequate availability of the bridge to carry out this international test on the due date (taking into account the constant changes that such an undertaking entails), and taking into account our responsibility, as organizers, to guarantee the safety of all participants, we were forced to take this position with the aim of avoiding inconvenience to those who, in due time, wanted to join the race, "the organizing committee said in a statement today.
The organization of the event consists of the municipalities of Vila Real de Santo António, Castro Marim and Alcoutim, the Sport Group Pic-Nic, the Athletics Club of Ayamonte and the Municipal Sports Council of Ayamonte.
The event, scheduled for November 11, has already become a benchmark in long-distance track and field events in the southern Iberian Peninsula.
According to the organization, the integral rehabilitation works of the structure in course force of traffic deviations and conditionings to the circulation in the carriages.
"As organizers, we have done everything we could to guarantee the event, exhausting all the possibilities and deadlines for carrying out this event, which is a living proof of cooperation between Portugal and Spain," said the organization, which ensures that contacted the consortium responsible for the works.
"All these steps were preceded by prior contact with the entities involved in carrying out the requalification work on the Guadiana International Bridge, in particular with the consortium responsible for the work, which did not make a timely statement to the correct organization and logistical preparation of the event" , he added.
The organization concludes that "the security of people and goods will always be at the top of our priorities and would never be called into question."