In April, the streets of Madrid hold the Madrid Popular Marathon (a.k.a. Mapoma), one of the leading sporting events nationwide. The race has been awarded the Silver Road Race label by the International Association of Athletics Federations and is part of the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series, the world’s biggest running circuit. There’s live music on more than 20 stages, a festival past the finish line, a parallel race spanning 10km and a half marathon as well. A true sports festival in Madrid.
Mapoma is a must-attend event for runners who want to put themselves to the test in the long distance – the new course makes the final section easier, in a city like Madrid that is 700m above sea level and has many climbs – while enjoying one of the nicest courses on the international racing calendar. The course runs along Paseo de la Castellana, past the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Casa de Campo and Madrid Río, and finishes at El Retiro Park. In between, participants are cheered on by the encouraging crowds that line the streets.
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