The presentation ceremony of the 56th edition of the traditional end-of-year race, held in the Cecilio Rodríguez Gardens of the El Retiro Park in the capital of Spain, was attended by the deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís; the councilor delegate for Sports, Sofía Miranda; and the athletes Lucía Rodríguez and Fernando Carro.
The San Silvestre Vallecana has adapted its format to allow runners from anywhere in the world not to miss this event. After a year marked by the consequences of the coronavirus, it has been wanted to maintain the possibility that the more than 40,000 participants from other editions can participate in the test.
In this way, an application has been designed so that those registered can participate in the popular test between December 26 and 31 from any corner of the world.
After evaluating the different options together with the institutions and sponsors and taking into account awareness and responsibility, the organization has decided to create an alternative: the Nationale-Nederlanden San Silvestre Vallecana Experience. This proposal will allow participants to enjoy an experience throughout the month of December, with training plans, challenges, exclusive content or meetings with the most relevant athletes, among other activities.
CHANGE OF FORMATE
In addition, the international race will not miss its appointment through the streets of Madrid and will be held physically on December 31, although with a new format to adapt to the current health situation. The professionals will have to complete the 10 kilometers in a 2.5 kilometer bubble course after passing strict security measures.
Thus, all participants will be tested for antigens and, to avoid crowds, participation will be limited to two rounds. A first for 250 women, leaving at 6:30 p.m. and a second for 250 men, from 7:30 p.m. To access this modality, participants must prove a mark of less than 34 minutes for men and 40 minutes for women.
A “SPECIAL” EDITION
The deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, recalled that Madrid is one of the cities in the world where more sport is done and the San Silvestre Vallecana opens a “window to the world in this difficult year.” “The San Silvestre is magical, I have run it for many years and this year will be very symbolic to part with 2020 and start 2021 with all the illusion,” he added.
The vice mayor assured that San Silvestre Vallecana is the “Champions of the races.” “This year I will very much miss high-fiving all the children who come with their parents to see San Silvestre,” he said.
For her part, the councilor delegate for Sports, Sofía Miranda, has emphasized the efforts of the Madrid City Council so that the race can return to the streets. “We were very clear from the beginning that sport cannot stop because sport is part of the solution and it has been shown that people who do sport regularly are much better prepared to fight COVID-19,” he said.
In addition, Miranda has announced that, within the events that San Silvestre has programmed this year, a vertical race will be held in the new building of the Delegated Sports Area to inaugurate it. “We want to open our doors so that all Madrilenians feel like their home,” he said.