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24/03/2023

The Movistar Madrid Half Marathon 2023 and the ProFuturo Race will bring together 19,000 runners on Sunday

The Movistar Madrid Half Marathon 2023 and the ProFuturo Race will bring together 19,000 runners on Sunday

The twenty-second edition of the Movistar Madrid Half Marathon and the seventh Carrera ProFuturo, which will be held this Sunday 26 March, was officially presented today, with around 19,000 participants between both races. The impact that the race will have on the city is very high in economic terms, as in addition to the 17% of registered foreigners, of 90 different nationalities, almost 30% of the total runners come from outside the Madrid region. Female participation is around 23% of the total number of registered participants. This edition will also be the most inclusive in its history, with around 70 runners with some kind of functional, physical or intellectual diversity.

The African "armada" will try to break the current course records in both the men's and women's categories. Three men have sub-one-hour personal best over the distance: Kenyan athlete Hillary Kipkoech, Ethiopian Tadese Takele Bikila and Eritrean Abrar Osman, are the main favourites to fight for the victory at the finish line, although other top athletes such as Kenyan athletes Enos Kales, Edwin Kipruto, Albert Rop or Edwin Kipkemoi, Jackson Kipleting, and Ethiopian debutant Tesema Mokenin, make up a large group of aspirants for the first places and to try to improve the best historical records achieved in the capital of Spain in these last editions. Spanish long distance athlete Javi Guerra (1h01:21) comes to the race in one of his best moments, after running recently the second best 10km road race in his long career and hopes to confirm his good form this Sunday. Yago Rojo's is one of the most expected comebacks. The athlete from Madrid is still training and improving after overcoming an injury that has kept him out for a long time and he will also try to find the best possible sensations on the asphalt of his home city to return to the national elite. Jorge González will also be in the starting line.

In the women's category, Spaniard athlete Clara Simal, who has just finished a great marathon in Seville (2h30), will be the main rival of the African athletes. She is enjoying a second youth and will be looking for her best half marathon time in the streets that she knows so well in the centre of Madrid. Up to three of the favourites for the victory already know what it is like to run and achieve their personal bests in this same race: the Kenyan Sharon Kemboi, second in 2022 with 1h07:28, and the Ethiopians Alemitu Tariku Olana and Ayinadis Teshome Birle, second and third, respectively, in the 2021 edition. Zewditu Aderaw Gelaw, also from Ethiopia, is the runner with the fastest personal best with 1h07:25 achieved this year. The start list is completed by athletes such as Roselidah Jepketer, Mesekerem Molla Moges, Caroline Chepkemoi or Lilian Jepkorir, among others. France's Marie Bouchard (1h12:19) will make it difficult for Clara Simal in the duel to see who will be the first European at the finish line.

En el renovado circuito se ha demostrado que también se puede correr muy rápido en Madrid, ya que aquí se han batido las marcas históricas de la prueba, con unos registros espectaculares de Ronald Kiprotich con 59:38 en 2021 (con siete corredores por debajo de la hora), y Winfridah Moraa con 1h07:22 en 2022.

The renovated course has shown that it is also possible to run very fast in Madrid, as the historic records of the race have been broken here, with spectacular records by Ronald Kiprotich with 59:38 in 2021 (with seven runners running under the hour), and Winfridah Moraa with 1h07:22 in 2022.

In the ProFuture Race (5.8km), the main favourite is the Moroccan athlete Hicham Sigueni, two-time Olympian in the 3000m steeplechase and winner of the Diamond League in Stockholm 2015.

IMPROVED COURSE

The Movistar Madrid Half Marathon 2023, has slightly modified its successful course of recent years to make it faster and more comfortable for the participants. Although the location of the start (Paseo de La Castella) and finish line (Paseo de Recoletos) remains practically the same as in 2022, there will be some changes in the area between the Quevedo roundabout and the Ruiz Jiménez roundabout, which will be significantly improved with the passage through wider and straighter streets and avenues. There is also another small modification, as from calle Velázquez to calle Príncipe de Vergara the race will run along calle Ortega y Gasset, instead of calle Juan Bravo, avoiding a climb of some 300 metres which will soften the elevation profile a little more.

What will be added to the course to compensate for these two zones that will be removed will go from Plaza de Castilla, along the side of Paseo de la Castellana, to Avenida de Monforte de Lemos.

The authentic half marathon of Madrid has a fast course, but it is also particularly attractive and of tourist interest for the runners, who value it very positively: Paseo de La Castellana, the Bernabéu, Plaza de Castilla, Calle Serrano, Puerta de Alcalá, Atocha, Paseo del Prado (declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco), Neptuno, Cibeles or Colón.

The 5.8 km ProFuturo charity race will not change its course.

PROFUTURO CHARITY RACE

The ProFuturo Race is celebrating its 7th edition on March 26th in the centre of Madrid. The 5.8 km charity race for education will once again take place within the framework of the Movistar Madrid Half Marathon and is aimed at the ProFuturo digital education programme, promoted by Fundación Telefónica and the "la Caixa" Foundation, to reduce the educational gap for children in the world's most vulnerable environments.

The Movistar Madrid Half Marathon continues to maintain the "Road Race Label" of the international federation World Athletics, and was awarded by the Madrid City Council as an "event of general interest for the city", as it is one of the most emblematic and traditional races in the country. It will celebrate its 22nd edition on 26 March (and the seventh edition of the ProFuturo Race). On the renovated course, the race's all-time records have been broken, with Ronald Kiprotich clocking 59:38 in 2021 and Winfridah Moraa clocking 1h07:22 in 2022.

It will be broadcasted on #Vamos TV, a Movistar channel.

The race is organised by Agrupación Deportiva Marathon, Atresmedia and Sport Life Ibérica, with the main sponsorship of Movistar and with the institutional support of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid and the Comunidad de Madrid. Joma Sport is the technical sponsor and AhorraMás, Rafaelhoteles, Alquiber, Deloitte, Gourmet Latino, Physiorelax, Science in Sports SiS, Garmin, Olympia Quironsalud and Breathe Right are collaborating.

Title sponsor

Movistar

Technical Sponsor

Joma

Collaborators

Ahorramas
Vitaldin
Rafael Hoteles
Alquiber
Deloitte
Gourmet Latino
Voluntarios x Madrid
Patinando.net
eqm
Garmin
Renfe
ElPozo Bienestar
Oak Berry
physiorelax
Sanytol
Toyota Kuruma

International services

Finishers
Ahotu

Institutions

Ayuntamiento de Madrid
IAAF
AIMS
RFEA
FAM
Comunidad de Madrid

Official media

Revista corredor
atresmedia
Revista Sportlife