On 27 April 2014 the streets of Madrid will play host to the 37th edition of the Madrid Marathon (known by the runners as Mapoma), one of the most important sporting events of the many that take place across Spain. This time round, the race, classified as a Silver Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federations, is to form part of the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series, the biggest running circuit in the world. There will be live music performances on over 20 stages, a finish line concert, a parallel 10 km race and, for the first time this year, a half-marathon, turning Madrid into a sporting celebration.
Mapoma is a marathon you should run at least once in your life; don't worry about your time (Madrid stands at an altitude of 700 metres and has quite a few hills) and just enjoy one of the most attractive routes on the international circuit. Along it you can admire places like Paseo de la Castellana, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Casa de Campo, Madrid Río Park and the spectacular start and finish in the historic Retiro Park, and bask in the enthusiasm of the cheering Madrid crowd, who love sport and dream of seeing their city host the 2020 Olympic Games. In 2013 10,462 athletes ran the marathon.
By joining the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series, Madrid Mapoma is guaranteed to be a real party.
The Rock ‘n' Roll Series was created in 1998 with the simple idea of making athletics more fun. Today it includes races in more than 26 US cities (with a total of 500,000 participants each year), and in 2012 it comes to Europe with the Edinburgh Half Marathon and the Madrid Marathon.
The races in this circuit all have one thing in common: an entertainment-packed route. Live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations line the entire route, creating a sensational atmosphere which culminates in a finish line concert.