The IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 has presented its credentials at FITUR, the international tourism trade fair which is currently being held in Madrid (Spain), its 38th event as a focus for tourism.
The IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships, which will take place on 24 March at 5.00 pm in the City of Running, took centre stage at the Valencian Autonomous Region’s stand. Guests of VLC Turismo included Raúl Chapado, president of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation and Paco Borao, president of the SD Correcaminos sports club and vice president of the local organising committee. They emphasised the enormous possibilities for this. The IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018, which already has 10,000 entrants, of which 40% will travel from outside the Valencian Autonomous Region to take part in the race.
Raúl Chapado, president of the RFEA, recalled that the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has been committed to “València as the headquarters of this world championship due to the great organizational level. València is a city with running soul and the best internacional elite together with thousands of runners are going to enjoy it this March”. On the other hand, Paco Borao, vice president of the local organising committee, stated that “if València stands out in a sports level is for recently becoming the City of Running with the high-level of its races and the great tourist attraction which they awaken.”
Thanks to the collaboration with Valencia Turismo, its presence at FITUR has allowed the organisers of the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 to present the main sporting and tourism attractions of this unique event. It will attract thousands of runners and visitors from many countries as, along with the elite athletes from each of the participating federations, around 15,000 participants will take part in the event. This will ensure that the image of the City of Running and the City of Arts and Science, the location of the race’s starting and finishing lines, will spread around the world thanks to television broadcasts and the widespread diffusion given the importance and competitive attractiveness of the event.