Whether you’re absolutely passionate about your sport or a Sunday cyclist, check out these events. Participate, dream of participating, get out and cheer or take note to avoid entirely due to possible traffic issues. Your choice!
Vuelta a la Casa de Campo / Run around the Casa de Campo park. 9th edition of this event, two distances: 16,5 kms (about 10 miles) and 5 kms (about 3 miles). Where and when: Casa de Campo park, Madrid, May 7. More info and how to sign up http://www.corricolari.es/inscripciones/info_casacampo.htm
Maraton Alpino Madrileño / Madrid Mountain Marathon. Insanely challenging for the super serious runner / mountaineer. I’ve seen this when hiking, everything from the front-of-pack running down super steep slope chatting away, and the back of the pack with bloody knees, sweaty brows and almost in tears. Supposedly this is one of the most challenging marathons in Europe, cannot remember what the total ascent and descent is, but it’s a lot. Where and when: All over the central Guadarrama mountains, June 10. Still interested? Really? (inquiring minds want to know). Get more info at http://www.maratonalpino.com/
100kms en 24 horas / 100 kilometers in 24 hours (about 63 miles): Really? yes oh yes, and I’d do it again but will be finishing a Camino trip that weekend so won’t be in the city. But it is not impossible for anyone in decent physical condition who likes walking and is willing to train brain and body beforehand. When and where: June 11-12 (noon to noon), north of the city, looping between city sports complexes in Colmenar Viejo, Tres Cantos, San Sebastian de los Reyes. Get more info at http://www.outsidecomunicacion.com/corricolari/eventos/100km24h/web/index.html?_ga=1.185035372.458018805.1490215295
These events usually happen every year. Dates may vary, but this tip sheet can start you dreaming or planning or training….
Asics Media Marathon. Late March
Madrid Marathon and Half-Marathon. Last Sunday in April
Casa de Campo run. Mid-May
Madrid Alpine Marathon. June
Avila Half-Marathon. October
San Silvestre Vallecano (Madrid). 10 kilometer run on….. December 31st! It’s a run, and a party or pre-party.
Good resource for runners: http://www.corricolari.eu/#
100 kilometros en 24 horas. June. Yes, really! 12 noon on a Satuday to 12 noon on a Sunday. It can be done, and you don’t have to be an elite athletes – they run the thing. If you are doubtful: you can do the entire distance as a relay, do “only” 33 kilometers, or bike the entire 100 kms. In north part of Madrid province.
Tweed Ride: Madrid and maybe other places. Mid May – more info at http://tweedridemadrid.com/
Vuelta Ciclista España. September. Professional bike ride all around the country, like the Tour de France, sometimes with the same ciclistas. Route is sometimes more challenging than French route, great to watch on TV, or find the route and go see it in person. Frequently ends in Madrid.
Madrid Bike Day: Usually early October, usually 20 kilometer loop from the Retiro park.