The first race of the year in Valencia City of Running toughens its official regulations, but improves facilities to the legitimate runner
Valencia, 8-10-2019.- The 10K Valencia Ibercaja has strengthened the legal measures against counterfeiters and cheats. These measures were already implemented in the regulation of the Half Marathon and Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP for this year.
In this way, just as the best Spanish races in their categories did, the 10K Valencia Ibercaja introduced in its official regulations for this next edition new actions and legal measures against runners who falsify, copy or run without dorsal number/chip. This is following the example of the leading events.
The main objective of this action is that the participants who register correctly are guaranteed all legitimate services, and thus avoid serious damage that can be caused to both the race and its participants through fraudsters.
To this end, the first event of the year in Valencia’s City of Running, which celebrates its 12th edition on 12 January 2020, included this new statement in its official regulations. Specifically, section 9.3 states that “given the serious damage that this would cause to the Organization and the other runners of the race, in case of access to the race violating the established conditions of access or there being committed any irregularity, the Organization reserves the right to take appropriate measures, in accordance with applicable legislation. In this regard, civil, criminal or administrative action shall be taken to hold the offender liable.
Working against cheaters
Among the irregularities that will give rise to the initiation of these actions, “are (i) not being registered in the race and, therefore, not having a dorsal/chip to participate in the race; (ii) running with the dorsal/chip of a third party (without having made the change of ownership or wearing it hidden); (iii) running with a dorsal/chip that does not correspond to the one of the race; (iv) running with a falsified dorsal/chip (photocopied document or that imitates the dorsal)”.
In addition, this point of the text states that both those who commit such irregularities and those who collaborate with them so that they can carry them out, “will be identified as offending runners, who will be separated, identified and expelled by the security personnel of the event, in the exercise of their powers, obtaining the same identification data, photographs …, which will be used for the purpose of taking legal action to that effect”.
Likewise, the Organization sentences that in case of knowledge of the infraction after the celebration of the event, “the appropriate actions will be initiated at the moment when the infraction is known. The offending runners will receive the notifications and/or locations of the procedures in which their possible responsibilities will be judged, so that they may be part of the proceedings”.