The first edition of the Gran Canaria-Maspalomas Marathon will be the most massive popular sporting event on the islands since the COVID was founded.
The island of Gran Canaria will hear the starting signal for the first edition of the Gran Canaria-Maspalomas Marathon on Sunday 21 November. The 42 kilometres and the complementary 10 kilometres race will be run, as well as other additional activities such as the Gran Canaria 3K Accesible, held yesterday Saturday 13th November, and the Active Run and Kids Race next Saturday 20th November. All these events will be held for the first time in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, with the Dunes and the Maspalomas Lighthouse as the main venues.
On Sunday 21st the athletes will test themselves on a 100% asphalt and totally flat course in the area of Meloneras and Maspalomas. A course full of animation in the area of Holiday World, Maspalomas Golf Course, Campo de las Naciones and of course at the start and finish line. This marathon will be the most massive popular sporting event on the islands since the global pandemic of the coronavirus was declared at the beginning of 2020.
Programme of the Gran Canaria-Maspalomas Marathon
The programme of activities for the Gran Canaria-Maspalomas Marathon began yesterday, Saturday 13th at 10:30am with the celebration of the Gran Canaria 3K Accessible. An inclusive experience that brought together a non-competitive 3 kilometre walk, which began with a warm-up led by the Department of Sports and Seniors of the City Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, headed by Samuel Henríquez. The participants enjoyed a healthy breakfast, entertainment and a concert by the Canarian group Salvapantallas. The race was open to everyone and could be done walking, running, in wheelchairs and even accompanied by their pets.
From next Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 will be the time for the Secretariat with the collection of bib numbers and the runner's bag from 10:00-14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 hours. The EXPO area will also be open where runners will be able to get to know first-hand other sporting events, specialist athletics and food brands as well as a physiotherapy area run by Gabinete de Ortopedia Mejorando.
On Saturday 20th, the activities will start early, with the Active Run. At 9:00 a.m., the marathon participants are scheduled for a light 3-kilometre jog to get their legs in shape and a refreshing breakfast before the next day's big event.
At 10:30 a.m. on the 20th it will be the turn of the little ones, more than 1,500 children and teenagers will dress up to participate in the Holiday World Kids Race. From the youngest, with no age limit, up to the U-16 category, they will run different distances according to their age, in a closed circuit in the Avenida del Faro de Maspalomas.
The High School Race, organised with the collaboration of the Federación Insular de Atletismo, in which boys and girls aged 16 and over will participate, will put the finishing touch to a very participative day. They will compete for their medal in a 3,000 metre race. The course will start at the Maspalomas Lighthouse and then go into the Avenida del Oasis, to go up the Paseo de la Charca, turn around in the Tony Gallardo Park, go down to the Maspalomas Beach itself, where after passing through the Plaza de las Palmeras they will return to the Avenida del Faro to cross the finish line.
Sunday the 21st will be the big day. Athletes from all over the world will face the Filipides distance for the first time in Maspalomas. Around 900 registered runners will flood the streets with colour and the desire to excel during the 42 kilometres and 195 metres of this mythical distance. At 8:00 in the morning the marathon runners will start the race. After months of training, they will put all the hard work and sacrifices that a race of this calibre requires on the asphalt. The fastest runners will reach the finish line on Maspalomas beach in just over two hours. The rest of the athletes who do not reach this time will have to do much more than that, but they all share the same goal, to finish. Marathon and sacrifice are practically synonymous, and if we add to that the fact that many runners from Europe will be able to enjoy the surroundings of Maspalomas where, on Sunday, the thermometer will be between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius, the effort is multiplied by many.
At 8:35 am the runners of the Vithas 10K will enter the scene, around 1,650 runners will test their physical capacity by proving that they are the fastest on the asphalt at this distance. They will start at the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse to go into the Paseo de Meloneras to reach the Rotonda de Colón, Parque del Sur, Holiday World, Campo de las Naciones, Parque Tony Gallardo and finish at the same point where they started the race.
The Gran Canaria-Maspalomas Marathon will run along the main avenues of the tourist centre of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The runners will start at the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse and will run along important avenues such as: Mar Mediterráneo, Cristóbal Colón, Unión Europea, TUI, Kuoni, Neckerman... until completing 42,195 metres. In addition, they will run past the ExpoMeloneras Conference Centre, the Holiday World, the Parques Sur and Tony Gallardo and of course, one of the most distinctive points of this first edition, the Maspalomas Golf Course. On Sunday 21st November we will have the unique opportunity to see international level runners running at 3 minutes per kilometre the almost 2.200 metres that have been set up inside the Golf Course, which will be open for visitors and spectators to enjoy the race. It will be a unique opportunity to enjoy the views of the Maspalomas Dunes from this unusual perspective. The course will then continue along the Paseo de la Charca, where the runners will finish by crossing the finish line on the sand of Maspalomas beach.
Traffic and parking restrictions
On both Saturday 13th and 20th, the whole area of Meloneras and Faro de Maspalomas will be open to normal traffic. The road closures will be kept to a minimum in an attempt to cause as little disruption as possible to the normal circulation in this area. In addition, those registered will have a special price in the Maspalomas car park by showing their race bib.
On Sunday 21st, all those registered for the marathon and the 10K will be able to park free of charge in the Maspalomas car park. To do so, they must wear their race bib number visibly on the dashboard of their car. The time of entry to the car park will be between 6:00 and 7:00 am. The best and most direct way to get to the car park is to use Exit 50 of the motorway (Pasito Blanco-Meloneras) take the left exit to Meloneras-Maspalomas on the GC-500 and finally turn right at the petrol station and continue straight on to the car park. Access by car to the start/finish area and inside Maspalomas-Campo Internacional will not be possible after 7:00 am. Sunday will be a day to enjoy sport and athletics. The Sports Department, directed by Samuel Henríquez, would like to encourage everyone to go out and cheer on all the runners on this special day for the municipality.