POSTED: April 26th 2013
Madrid 2020: Record number of 26,000 entrees this year in the annual marathon
(SFC) The Madrid Marathon taking place this Sunday is gearing up to be a sports fest to support the Spanish bid to host the 2020 Summer Games with a record 26,000 runners taking part. This is 6,000 more than registered last year.
The event will also be proof of the city’s ability to stage large scale sports competitions and the 42 kilometer race will also have more than 5% of the total group female athletes as well.
The municipal report states that the 2013 marathon is estimated to generate €12 million of revenue for the city with use of transport services and more trade for hotels, restaurants and shops.
The marathon is expecting 4,575 runners from international destinations and another 4,650 will gather from all parts of Spain. A total of more than 21,000 visitors made up of runners and their families and friends will enjoy the weekend in the city.
Many points along the marathon route will be highlights and particularly just before the start, when a Spanish paratrooper will land in the Plaza de Colón and wave the 2020 bid flag.
The race will be wearing the branding of the bid right from the starting line to the finish line podium with a host of stages, banners and placards as a reminder of how the city supports and desires to bring the Games back to Spain.
The organizers also have plans to underline their environmentally friendly practices and aim to sort and recycle all the containers and packaging used at the drinks and feeding stations, to protect the most sensitive sections of the route, particularly the Parque del Retiro.
As well the race judges will follow the marathon on electric motorbikes, which do not emit carbon dioxide or other pollutants.
Madrid is bidding against Tokyo and Istanbul and the IOC will make a final selection on who will be the host city at their session in Buenos Aires on September 7th.
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