Today we’re sending you this words because we really appreciate all the messages and support samples we’ve received since last Friday. We are flooded with emails and comments from all over the world. They touch our hearts, excite us and help us overcome this ordeal. Thanks!!!! Many thanks to all!
The adventure began in 2009… Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord was created by a couple of passionate people who wanted to let known and share the beauty of Andorran mountains, lakes, forests and incredible landscapes. At that time, very few people believed in it, they were treating Gerard like crazy to trace these paths. And step by step, the event consolidated and attracted runners (just as crazy as them) from all over the world.
During the first full moon of summer, the small town of Ordino was filled with life around the values of overcoming and solidarity. Our mountains trembled with happiness beneath your feet, the many volunteers were delighted to pamper and encourage you, all dressed in orange, and the whole team was motivated and alert to take care of you as you ran through our peaks.
We can’t hide the fact that these last twelve years have been very busy, but it was a fantastic period and we will only keep good memories of it! The emotions we experienced, the fantastic people we met, the bonds we forged with them have marked us forever. Funny situations or situations of extreme tension have made us vibrate with high intensity.
We will never forget the runners who hugged us reaching the finish line, completely exhausted and who thanked us for the fantastic experience we offered them. We were as tired as them after a week of virtually no sleep and we tried to hold back tears (sometimes unsuccessfully 😉) by sharing the famous beer with them.
Once the event was over, all of you back home, we felt a great emptiness and we watched the movies over and over again, we read your blogs ... All this to retain these magical moments, hoping to relive them the next year or share them with you during our various meetings.
In short, a fabulous adventure is over, but the memories do not fade, on the opposite... We are convinced that only one page is turned to rewrite many more.
Your many messages spur us on and a lot of ideas come to mind! Once rested and after the storm, new projects (certainly very different but not less interesting) will begin to take shape, we are convinced… In fact, we cannot imagine the sequel without you, without the AUTV super family with who we have shared so much in each edition and over all these years!
We will keep you informed and, in the meantime, we will continue to make you dream by sharing good memories ...
So, see you soon, take care! And a very strong hug.
PS: We have seen your request on "change.org" and its success, we are very grateful. Thank you for your great support! On the other hand, do not create any crowdfunding, we cannot accept these initiatives, others are much more needed ...
Today is a gloomy day for us, as we have to communicate that we wont’s continue organizing Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord. The great adventure started in 2009 ends today and no more editions of the event will be held in the future. We have thought a lot and discussed all the options before making this decision, but we are in a situation that makes it impossible for us to organize the event in the upcoming years.
First of all, and most importantly for us: we want to thank all the runners, volunteers, sponsors, workers and fellow citizens who have supported us all this time. Without you this great adventure would not be possible, and we will keep the good memories of the moments spent together.
The reasons that led us to make this decision are two: economic, but above all, moral.
As you know, the context of exceptional crisis and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, led us to decide to cancel the 2020 edition in order to ensure the safety of all our runners.
In that time, the non-payment of our most important sponsor has plunged us into an unsustainable economic situation, making it impossible to refund the entire registration fee. In fact, after spending 8 months preparing the event, and without this sponsor, we were unable to refund more than 70% of the registrations to our runners. We also couldn’t secure the bib for 2021, as we didn’t have the main sponsorships agreement signed.
With this situation we had a loss of about € 60,000. However, we were willing to assume the loss to allow the event to continue.
But, meanwhile, a defamation campaign started, and the names of the event and of our family were dragged through the mud and we even received personal threats, which we had reported to the police.
So, it is the lack of moral support that finally led us to make the decision about not to continue with the organization of the event; we have been unwilling to fight. They cut off our wings; no one is a prophet in his own country…
Although the Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord is over, we keep the good memories of the 11 magnificent editions we have had, and above all, all those who have accompanied us along the way:
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we have no doubt that we will soon meet us on the paths of this vast world.
From the organization of the Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord and with great sadness, we are sorry to inform you that we have been forced to cancel the event that was meant to take place from July 7th to the 12th. It has been very difficult to take this decision, but we think it is the most reasonable and consistent decision considering the context of global uncertainty and crisis caused by the Coronavirus. Although, initially we were optimistic to be able to carry out the twelfth edition of the event, but the developments of recent days have led us to confirm that we cannot guarantee an event that meets all the quality and safety conditions required for everybody.
Consequently, we offer runners the refund of 70% of their registration, which corresponds to the percentage they would have received if they had subscribed the cancellation insurance during their registration. We regret not being able to return a larger amount; the remaining 30% that is not refunded corresponds to the management costs that we have had during these months previous to the race that are related with the preparation of the event: purchase of material, volunteer training, rental of premises and equipment, staff and communication. Making this decision with 3 months in advance allows us to contain some of the costs, but unfortunately, much of them are already spend or committed.
Being the solidarity one of the essential values of the AUTV, and wishing to continue promoting this value in spite of the situation in which we find ourselves, we offer our runners the option to support the Andorran Red Cross, one of the NGOs with which the event collaborates. Anyone who wishes can do so by donating all or part of their refund to this entity, which is doing a fantastic and essential job these days.
We appreciate the understanding of all the runners as well as all the people who are part of this great party. We hope that very soon we will be able to enjoy and fall in love once again with the mountains of Andorra. Now is the time to #stayathome in order to regain normality and move on as soon as possible.
From Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord organization, and in relation to the global situation caused by Coronavirus COVID-19, we comunicate that we are following all the instructions received from the Andorra Government. We hope that our event, which will take place next July, will not be affected by this exceptional situation.
Unfortunately, if the current pandemic persists and the competent authorities force the event to be canceled, it could not be postponed to another date in 2020 due to logistical and weather conditions. In this case, we would not apply the article 20 of our regulations (with which you would not have compensation), but 70% of your registration fee for 2020 will be used, exceptionally, for the 2021 edition.
Anyway, we are working hard in order to be able to celebrate together, from July 7th to 12th, the AUTV, the great festival of sport, personal challenge and solidarity.
¡Attention! Make it your big challenge, hurry up and sign up!
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