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Locals and visitors know that on December 31 they have a great sporting event in the capital. The San Silvestre Vallecana, the most popular race in the country, has been held for decades on the last day of the year.
It is already a tradition in the city of Madrid to participate in this athletic event to bid farewell to the year, either in a competitive spirit or for leisure and recreation, as this event transforms the streets of the capital with a festive and sporting atmosphere.
The event consists of two competitions, a popular race and a professional one. The popular competition has a playful and Christmas interest, less demanding, to enjoy the sport in group, to walk the streets of Madrid and to animate the atmosphere. This race starts at 5:30 p.m. from Concha Espina street, runs through emblematic places such as the Prado Museum or the Puerta de Alcalá and ends in the Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas.
The professional edition, called International, starts at 8:00 pm and, with the same route, brings together professional athletes such as Radcliffe, Kiplimo or Hurtado, who compete for the victory in Vallecas. Both races consist of a 10 km route very favorable to the participants, since its orography is in most of the route a gentle descent.
The San Silvestre Vallecana is part of the IAAF Gold Race Running Label under the category of World Athletics Label Road Races - Elite, an important distinction that places this Madrid event among the major popular competitions in the world. In addition, this year, participants are offered the option of attending the race in person, on the 31st, or competing virtually, from anywhere in the world, thanks to a mobile application that monitors your route.
Enjoy this festive and fun Madrid, the last day of the year! Check all the news and last minute updates at the following link.
More information: San Silvestre Vallecana 2021
Image credits: San Silvestre Vallecana © Carrastock. Shutterstock