The Regional Government of Madrid is organising Metro’s Centenary Race, with more than 2,000 participants
More than 2,000 people will participate in the Centenary Race organised by the Regional Government of Madrid to be held this coming Sunday, 3 February, on the occasion of Metro’s 100th birthday celebration. The route over which the race will be run will be the same as the layout of the first Metro line when it was inaugurated in 1919, with only eight stations, between Sol and Cuatro Caminos, as highlighted today by the Secretary for Transport, Housing and Infrastructures, Rosalía Gonzalo, in her presentation of the race at the Sol Metro Station together with the Secretary for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Jaime de los Santos.
The race will start from Bravo Murillo Street on the corner of Dr. Santero Street, next to the Cuatro Caminos Station, at 9 am, and will cover a distance of 5 kilometres up to the finish line, located in Puerta del Sol. The maximum time limit set for completing the race is one hour.
This is a unique race route for Madrid runners who, through this initiative, will have the chance to test their own times against the trains’, which take 10 minutes from start to finish. Those who have signed up previously will be able to collect their race bibs the day before, 2 February, at the Sol Metro Station, where some areas will be set for this purpose, open from 11 am to 8 pm. To collect their bibs, participants must show their IDs. All of the information on the race is available on the website www.carreracentenariometro.es.
The presentation of trophies will take place on the podium that same day, at the end of the race. In addition, the runner finishing first will be awarded an Annual Season Ticket for 2019, while the runner placed second will receive a Multi Card loaded with two metrobus tickets (20 journeys) and the third will be given a Multi Card loaded with one metrobus ticket (10 journeys).
This race is one of the many activities organised by the regional Government to celebrate Metro de Madrid’s Centenary. Since 17 October last year, the Chamartín Metro Station has been the venue of an exhibition featuring the first cars that operated in Metro a century ago. At the present time there are six on display, and several more will arrive in the next few months, to enable us to observe how Metro’s rolling stock has evolved.
This exhibition is additional to others which Metro de Madrid has set in motion to celebrate its Centenary, such as the ‘Centenary Line’, an exhibition also in the stations on the original route from Cuatro Caminos to Sol, on Line 1, which offers a journey through the history of Metro by means of oversized photos installed in vestibules, on platforms and in corridors.
In addition, the period for the submission of entries for the children’s drawing contest ‘What does Metro mean for you?’, aimed at children between 6 and 12 years of age from schools in the Community of Madrid, is still open (up to 1 March) and, another exhibition, in this case at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport, will enable visitors to learn about the present and the future of the underground through a series of photographs, up to 31 January.
And also in February, Metro de Madrid will inaugurate a photography exhibition, in which well-known faces from the world of Spanish culture and sport will promote the use of public transport.