More than 2,100 people take part in race in centre of capital to celebrate centenary of Metro

Runners arriving at finish line
More than 2,100 people took part on Monday, 4 February in an historic race organised by the Regional Government of Madrid to commemorate the centenary of Metro de Madrid, with runner numbers all taken up. The race, over a distance of 5 kilometres, traced the first Metro line opened in 1919. This was the so-called North-South line, which had eight stations and connected Cuatro Caminos with Puerta del Sol in barely 10 minutes.

The race stated at 9 am at the junction of the streets of Bravo Murillo and Doctor Santero, near Cuatro Caminos metro station, and ended at around 9:45 am in Puerta del Sol. 

Participants in the event enjoyed a unique opportunity to run on the surface of a stretch that crosses the very heart of the capital city of Madrid, along all the streets under which the Metro tunnels connect on a route that had never before been proposed for runners in Madrid. In fact, the route included such emblematic points of the city as Canal, Quevedo, Iglesia, Alonso Martínez, Bilbao and Tribunal, from where the runners raced to Gran Vía, on to Callao and then to the finish line in Puerta del Sol, the heart of all major events in Madrid.

At the end of the race, the Regional Councillor for Transport, Housing and Infrastructures, Rosalía Gonzalo; the Director-General for Sport of the Region of Madrid, Javier Orcaray; and the CEO of Metro de Madrid, Borja Carabante, awarded the prizes for the first three men and women to finish the race.

Paul Whitelam won the men’s race, followed by Javier García Gómez and Antonio Cruz de la Cuesta, while Lorena Nicodemus Fernández won the women’s race, followed by Claudia Centurión and Sara Alcázar Sánchez.

The fastest finishers among Metro de Madrid employees were María Teresa Huecas Fernández, Cristina García del Villar and Irene Sánchez Martín, respectively, in the women’s race; and Mario Rupérez Gil, Francisco Barrientos Padilla and José Delgado Dos Santos, in the men’s race. 

The winner was presented with an Annual Travel Card for 2019, the second-place finisher with a Multi Card with two metrobus tickets (20 trips) and the third-place finisher with a Multi Card with one metrobus ticket (10 trips).

Extensive programme of activities

This race is just one of the many activities organised by the regional government to celebrate the centenary of Metro de Madrid. Since 17 October, Chamartín station has hosted an exhibition displaying the first engines that ran on the Metro system a century ago. Six engines are currently on display, and in the coming months another six will arrive to show the development of Metro’s rolling stock.

This exhibition is in addition to other events that Metro de Madrid has organised on the occasion of its centenary, such as the ‘Centenary Line’ at the stations on the first line from Cuatro Caminos to Sol (line 1), which offers a trip through the history of Metro with huge photos displayed in entrance halls, on platforms and in passages.

The children’s drawing competition, entitled ‘What is Metro to you?’ remains open for the submission of entries until 1 March from competitors aged 6 to 12 from schools in the Region of Madrid and, over the course of this month of February, Metro de Madrid will also inaugurate a photo display in which famous figures from the world of Spanish culture and sport will promote the use of public transport. Furthermore, until 31 January, another exhibition was on display, in this case at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, comprising a series of photographs on the present and future of the underground system.

Los ganadores de todas las categorías posan en el podio junto a la consejera de Transportes, Vivienda e Infraestructuras, Rosalía Gonzalo; el director General de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Javier Orcaray; y el consejero delegado de Metro de Madrid, Borja Carabante.
Las ganadoras de la categoría de empleadas posan en el podio junto a la consejera de Transportes, Vivienda e Infraestructuras, Rosalía Gonzalo
Las ganadoras de la categoría de no empleadas posan en el podio junto a la consejera de Transportes, Vivienda e Infraestructuras, Rosalía Gonzalo, y el consejero delegado de Metro de Madrid, Borja Carabante.
Los ganadores de la categoría de no empleados posan en el podio junto a la consejera de Transportes, Vivienda e Infraestructuras, Rosalía Gonzalo, y el consejero delegado de Metro de Madrid, Borja Carabante.
Los ganadores de la categoría de empleados posan en el podio junto a la consejera de Transportes, Vivienda e Infraestructuras, Rosalía Gonzalo, y el consejero delegado de Metro de Madrid, Borja Carabante.