After two years without a race in 2020 and 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Toulouse metropolis has decided to cancel the next two editions of the Toulouse international marathon. For economic reasons this time around.
The Toulouse marathon is running out of steam. After two years of the event, the long-distance runners in Toulouse will still wait to go and rub shoulders with the specialists of the 42 kilometers in the streets of the Pink City. Indeed, Toulouse metropolis has just decided to suspend its edition of the queen of endurance races. Due to economic difficulties this time around.
Almost 400,000 euros in deficit
“Each year there was a gap between expenditure and revenue, of around € 375,000, especially during the last edition, in 2019, organized by Toulouse Métropole. The community having to put their hands in their pockets to fill it, ”explained Philippe Plantade, mayor of Bruguières and vice-president of Toulouse Métropole in charge of Sports to our colleagues from La Dépêche du Midi. Costs partly increased by the security measures imposed by the prefecture.
Launched in 2006, the Toulouse marathon brought together nearly 13,000 participants in the 2019 race, the last to have been contested In order to support it in the development of this popular event, the metropolis had delegated its organization to the Federation French athletics in 2017. She then withdrew, two years later. After a 2019 edition, Toulouse metropolis has therefore decided to throw in the towel, at least until 2024.