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Malaga city's three biggest long-distance races all postponed as a result of the pandemic

More than 10,000 people took part in last year's 10-kilometre Carrera Urbana through the city.
More than 10,000 people took part in last year's 10-kilometre Carrera Urbana through the city. / Migue Fernández
  • The Ciudad de Málaga road race is the latest event to be cancelled, with the city hall also announcing the postponement of the Día de la Bicicleta, Women Against Cancer run and the Caminando por un Reto activity

The three major long-distance races in Malaga city have all now suffered the same fate as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Caixabank Half Marathon has been postponed twice and has now been moved to 7 November 2021; the Zurich Malaga Marathon, scheduled for December, is set to make a similar decision, while on Tuesday, organisers of the 10-kilometre Ciudad de Málaga Carrera Urbana (road race) set to take place on 25 October announced that this event was also to be postponed.

Malaga city council's Sports department issued a statement in which it cancelled four sporting activities it organises, including this event, which has the highest participation among long-distance races in the city, with more than 10,000 athletes signing up annually. The other three are the 18th Día de la Bicicleta (Bicycle Day), the eighth Women's Race against Cancer, and the Caminando por un Reto (walking for a challenge) activity, all of which were scheduled to take place between now and November.

The city hall pointed to regulations governing large-scale sporting events which require "staggered participation, distribution and organisation of participants for the safe development of the activity, with a maximum number of 500 sportsmen and women permitted to take part". With participants already signed up far exceeding this number and the logistical complications of adapting the events, the Sports department has taken the "difficult decision" to postpone them.