Texas Mile to be rescheduled from original late March date
Decision made in honor of social distancing
VICTORIA, Texas- Joining the growing list of local events being cancelled or rescheduled is the Texas Mile event originally scheduled for March 27th-29th.
The decision follows a virtual meeting the Texas mile team held with other Victoria officials, including County Judge Ben Zeller, Mayor Rawley McCoy, and Airport Manager Vinicio (Lenny) Llerena discussing the CDC’s latest guidance regarding large events and mass gatherings that were published on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
They tried to formulate a plan that would allow participants and staff to comply with social distancing guidlines by planning to stream the event live online for spectators. However, they are not able to work around the fact that some of the participants are from outside of Victoria travelling from other parts of the U.S. that have confirmed cases of COVID-19.
“However, the one factor that we could not overcome is the fact that our participants are pre-dominantly from outside of Victoria and traveling from all over the United States. We just could not figure a way for you to virtually race or teleport you to race from a virtual grid,” said Jay and Shannon Matus in a statement.
While Victoria does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time, as we have seen already in the U.S. people can carry the virus without showing any symptoms meanwhile spreading it to the community.
“For this reason and to adhere to the CDC and Victoria’s leaders’ guidance, we are rescheduling The Texas Mile. We know that many of you are disappointed in this news, as we are too,” the statement continues.
A new date has not yet been set for the Texas Mile, but they are aiming for the April/May timeframe.