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COVID-19 : The Valencia Marathon presents the details of its health bubble

The Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP Elite Edition Marathon and Half Marathon present the comprehensive medical and healthcare device that will accompany the organization of this event in which about 300 professional athletes will participate on December 6, a special edition marked by restrictions and security measures that have caused the global pandemic of COVID-19.

After announcing your route reduced to one (half) and two laps (marathon) and restricted access to the public in the start and finish areas in the City of Arts and Sciences, The Organization explained the different measures and actions that will be carried out to create a health bubble around the elite runners, as well as exceptional security measures to guarantee a great sporting event with minimal health risk also for the people who will work in this event, which is vitally important that it be held now that for many of the athletes who travel to Valencia the objective is the Olympic qualification.

The test will have its own medical device, coordinated by Luis Cort, medical manager of the Valencia Marathon, who has been part of the international working group to address the celebration of post-COVID-19 sporting events, and who has designed a strict medical protocol. “When we apply the prevention measures of this race, the risk is moderate and that is what it is about. From a career that does not pose a risk to the city, “said Dr. Cort, who explained in detail the protocol and medical and health device that this Elite Edition will have.

International athletes, arriving from more than 40 countries around the world, must carry out a PCR test at origin and send it to Circular-Lab, the external consultancy with which the test will collaborate to collect all the data and guarantee, if necessary, the traceability of the athletes’ steps from their origin to their destination in Valencia. Luis Samaranch, marketing director of this advanced digital platform, which allows integrating, digitizing and interpreting a large amount of data, stated that “with Connect-by Circular-Lab we have the security of controlling any possible risk, since we have all the necessary information in real time, allowing us to anticipate any situation and with protocols clearly defined by artificial intelligence tools. “

This is the second time that Valencia Ciudad del Running has relied on the Connect by Circular-Lab platform to maintain the safety of the competition, both for athletes and their environment, after the NN Valencia World Record Day, which was held successfully. This tool offers the security of having a massive COVID-free event, which is possible thanks to the establishment of pre-designed protocols adapted to all phases of the competition, from prevention, detection, action and adaptation in the event that an athlete is positive.

Upon arrival in Valencia, all athletes, coaches and managers will isolate themselves in the two bubble hotels that the Organization has closed for this event (with the AC Hotel Valencia as the main headquarters of the elite), where they will once again be subjected to a PCR prior to their participation. For this, it will have the help of Bionos Biotech, the laboratory in charge of ensuring that the test is carried out with the highest standards of health safety.

Bionos will develop PCR analysis from nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples, to identify the presence of COVID-19 in the athletes who are going to participate, as well as in their close environment (coaches, managers, etc.). José Luis Mullor, scientific director of the Bionos Laboratory, located in the La Fe de València hospital, explained that “PCR tests will be carried out to comply with the highest safety standards, being the reference test with the highest sensitivity for the control of the virus. The results will be available the same day as the sampling, 48 hours before the race, to ensure that the test is carried out in “covid-free” conditions.

Sampling will take place on Friday, December 4 at the hotels where the athletes will reside, providing the results on the same day of sampling and no athlete with a positive result will start on Sunday.

One tracking device for the entire Organization

In addition, Movistar, technological sponsor of the test, will provide the Organization with a thousand units of its distance control and traceability device that will allow anonymously monitor all staff accredited for the event, warning by light or sound when the distance of 2m between the devices is maintained and allowing traceability of possible positive cases post-event with those people with whom there was close contact, which will help health authorities to locate possible positive cases among the people involved in organizing the race.

José Manuel Plaza, territorial manager of Telefónica in the Valencian Community, explained the advantages of this new device, which is applied for the first time in an outdoor event of this magnitude: “This is the first of three years in which Movistar joins the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP Half Marathon and Marathon, And in such a special year, as a technology company we want our innovation to add value to people and athletes. For this reason, we will contribute to this edition of the competition this Covid distance control and traceability system based on beacon technology and low energy bluetooth “.

This system is able to notify in real time in case of breach of distance between participants and to notify a person who has had contact with a diagnosed case of COVID-19. All this through a cloud service with encrypted data that complies 100% with the General Data Protection Regulation. According to Plaza, “this alliance is part of Movistar’s commitment to supporting Spanish sport and promoting the use of technology as the great ally of athletes and organizations.”

Finally, the event will have the decisive contribution of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, that will send Álvaro del Pozo, COVID-19 delegate for this Elite Edition appointment to the appointment. Del Pozo assured that “mine is a figure that has been created now because we could not stop.” “We have to ensure the interest of all general athletics and for this we generate strict protocols,” he added.

In addition, Farmacia Ribera, a collaborator of the test for four years, will provide the consumable material necessary to comply with the health measures implemented. From FFP2 masks or nitrile gloves for personnel who need them to body temperature control stations for sensitive areas of the event.

Cleanity will provide the event with the necessary material to offer the optimal solutions in hygiene and disinfection of the most important areas of the career unfolding. The company supports the Marathon with hydroalcoholic hand sanitizer solutions as well as automatic dispensers.