The Two Half-Marathons of Madrid

We all know someone who's run the Madrid Half Marathon. Sure, but which one? That's right! Running in Madrid is a bit like choosing between Atletico and Real in football. In the Spanish capital, you have the royal choice for half marathons. Want to know more? You've come to the right place! 👇

Have you ever heard of the half marathons in Madrid? There are two different ones in the city of culture and celebration 🥳. Just a heads-up: you won't see money raining down like in Money Heist 💸 along your route, but you're still in for a great time!

To start with, let's talk a bit about the city because it's worth the visit. As you might know, it's THE ultimate destination for soccer fans ⚽. From the famous stadium of Real Madrid to that of Atlético de Madrid, if you love this sport, you might just fall in love with the city and never want to leave (consider yourself warned 😉).

Besides that, the city is brimming with historical landmarks like the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the Museo Cerralbo 🏛. It's also the perfect place to refuel after the race 🍲. You'll find plenty of tapas bars and restaurants offering traditional dishes like Soldaditos de Pavia (cod fritters), Callos a la Madrilena (Madrid-style tripe), and Pisto Manchego (a ratatouille-style dish with eggs) 😋.

But before you treat yourself, you've got to sweat it out first! So, which of the two half marathons in Madrid should you choose? Which one offers the best course? What makes them unique? Which is the best fit for you? We'll tell you everything you need to know about these two amazing races and their special features ☺️.

1)Movistar Madrid Half Marathon - March

What's it like? 🤔

The meeting point will be in front of the Villa Magna Hotel. Once you start, you'll pass by the Museo de Ciencias Naturales, the home of Real Madrid, and the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium before reaching Plaza de Castilla 🏃‍♀️.

Highlights of this race:

  • For its 22nd edition, the race will take place in March. You can still enjoy some cool weather while soaking up the Spanish sunshine 🌞. It's hard to find better running conditions!
  • If you're looking for a shorter, more family-friendly route, there's a 5.8 km race supporting a charity for children in need 🤝.
  • This event takes place outside of school holidays, making it easier for you to get there and book your accommodation 👍.
  • It's a very fast race with a downhill profile 📉. You can admire historical landmarks (like Plaza Emperador Carlos V, Museo del Prado , and Fountain of Neptune ⛲) and the city's beautiful flower-filled parks 🌼. With more than 20,000 participants, it's sure to be an unforgettable and friendly event.

To book your spot, click here 👈.

2) Zurich Rock’n’Roll Running Series Madrid - April

What's it like? 🤔

The start will be on the Paseo de la Castellana. You'll face a slight incline up to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Then, you'll head to Plaza de Castilla on a completely flat route! 📏 Next, you head towards the Prado Museum before finishing at Plaza Canovas del Castillo 🏁.

Highlights of this race:

  • This Madrid race is legendary. In place since 1978, it attracts thousands of spectators who will cheer you on. Typically, the race draws at least 40,000 participants.
  • 3 race options are available: the marathon (42.195 km), the half-marathon (21.097 km), and the 10 km. There's something for everyone!
  • This half-marathon is part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, meaning you'll see lots of live performances, concerts, and lively refreshment stations 🎉. It’s a memorable experience to share with family or friends! 👯‍♂️
  • The course offers a complete tour of the city and its iconic landmarks: the National Library, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, and the Royal Palace 🤴.

To book your spot, click here 👈.

If you’re still undecided, remember you could do both... They’re only a month apart! 😜


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