The Madrid Marathon will take place for the 34th time this year on 17 April. This spring classic race is one of the most beautiful city marathons in Europe and takes place on an entirely city course. Therefore “42km of pure Madrid” is the official slogan for this event. Music in the form of colourful street jazz groups and artists in  down-town Madrid don´t leave any doubts, that this city, which is also kilometre zero for the Spanish road network, offers much more besides the sport.

Next event date:

17 April 2011

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Nearly 8,000 runners finished the Madrid Marathon last year even though the course is hilly and therefore not easy to run. Running experience is needed for this race to find your pace and not to lose energy at the end after choosing the wrong speed. If you want to enjoy the highlights on the course such as Paseo de la Castellana, Santiago Bernabéu stadium, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace and the Finish at historic Retiro Park, it's not a race that will offer a new personal best.

Last year the Kenyan runner Thompson Cherogony won this Silver Road Race Label awarded race in 2:11:27 hours with new race record. The record in the women's category is held by the Turkey runner Mehtap Sismaz and was timed at  2:32:04 hours. The percentage of female runners at Madrid Marathon is only 6%.

 

 

The Challenge Triathlon series now has a new half distance race on the Canary Island Fuerteventura for 2011.

After Challenge Cairns and Challenge Henley on Thames another spectacular new location for the series. The swim course and a hilly bike course on the winding roads of Fuerteventura will be a challenge for most of the athletes before the highlight of the event; the Half Marathon. The third discipline guides the athletes twice around a golf course to the turn around point where a great ocean view can be seen.   

Perfect for spectators, the event was planned around the hotel Playitas from where most parts of the race can be watched. Also all other conditions for the Playitas Challenge Fuerteventura are perfect for athletes coming from overseas to participate.  The international airport is only 40 minutes away and with training conditions such as good climate, low traffic and good road quality, no athlete could ask for more.

One good reason to have this event so early in the year is to have the Challenge Fuerteventura as a race for athletes at the end of the training camp season to get prepared for Challenge Roth.

The phrase given by athletes who have previously completed this race is “Eres fuerte para Fuerte” or “Are you strong enough for Fuerteventura”  which might become a standard line in the near future.

 

Next event date:

30 April 2011

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