Organizers of the La Ruta de los Conquistadores have decided to maintain the four-day format and all courses for this year's event, the 17th edition, to be held on November 11-14. A fifth day was to be added to the race in 2009, including some new courses; however, after a preliminary exploration, organizers determined that more coordination and resources would be necessary for such purpose.
"We have analyzed the current situation and our options, so we decided to stay on the same configuration for one more year," said Race Director Diego Viquez. "2009 will represent the opportunity for making the proper arrangements, designing the best race and having the necessary time for the staff and potential participants to prepare themselves for big changes that will be introduced for next year's La Ruta".
"We want to do it right and the current situation would not allow us to do it that way. We postponed these major changes until the 2010 event. Nevertheless, we still promise a great adventure and the coolest experience for this year's entrants," said Viquez.
Organizers are still planning to improve the lodging and services by using better hotels and by including mechanical care.