Get to know the best races in Madrid

A woman running in the popular races of Madrid

If we are fans of running, surely we will have participated in a charity sporting event, in a popular race for charity, in a half marathon or something similar. If we are from Madrid, we are going to move there, or we are going to spend a few days on vacation in the capital, we are going to tell you which are the best popular races in Madrid.

Madrid has a wide catalog of popular races, although the vast majority are concentrated in the downtown area and nearby areas. It is in the months before the summer when there is a large influx of sporting events related to running and especially before the end of autumn, although if we are honest, almost every month of the year there is a popular race in the capital.

Tour Madrid with sneakers

Not only for comfort, since if we are visiting the capital, it is best to wear comfortable shoes, but if we organize ourselves well, we can run one of the many popular races in Madrid almost every month. We are going to highlight the main ones so that we can take a place and reserve our number.

Women's Race

It is a solidarity race that is celebrated in different parts of the world, and in different cities of Spain. It is also known as the pink tide and we can all participate, especially women. It is usually a very central route of about 5 km between the start and the finish line.

The proceeds go to the solidarity projects with which this sporting event collaborates. There are 3 types of registrations, the free one, the registration with an exclusive t-shirt and the solidarity registration.

It is usually held at the end of October in Madrid, and it is not mandatory to do it in person, since we can collaborate with the cause from anywhere in Spain or the world, using the official app of the Women's Race.

Participants in the popular races of Madrid

Madrid runs for Madrid

Another great example that sport and solidarity can go hand in hand without problems, the other way around, for the common good. In this race, which dyes the center of the capital blue, in each edition they collaborate with a cause and they have come to donate more than 200.000 euros in the more than 12 editions that this popular race has been active.

It is one of those popular races in Madrid that infects the sporting spirit, the good vibes, the spirit for sport, the fun of doing something different on the weekend, etc. It is usually held at the end of summer, more specifically in mid-September.

With a distance of 10 km, the city center is usually covered and we can all participate, as long as we are of legal age. The price includes a charitable donation that will go entirely to the cause chosen in that edition.

We run Madrid

This race is considered essential within the 10k Madrid race calendar, especially We Run Parla. It is one of those popular races in Madrid that little by little have been gaining followers and the mere existence, together with the environment, the organization, the date of celebration and others, have made it one of the essential races of the year.

It is usually held in mid-February, and being one of the first races of the year, it attracts many participants. In addition, it is a very flat course, visually pleasing, with a distance of 10k and a multitude of prizes for just participating.

San Silvestre Vallecana

If there is a popular and famous race in Madrid, it is the San Silvestre de Vallecas. It is true that there is San Silvestre in almost all the towns in the Community of Madrid, and even in other cities in Spain such as Seville, Bilbao, Toledo, Valencia, etc.

A famous race that crosses borders, not only because it is held on the last day of the year and a few hours after the chimes, but because its celebration has gone from being a sporting event to a farewell party for the year. People go dressed up, and there are even those who take advantage of the race to make marriage proposals.

It takes place on December 31 and is usually a green tide of people leaving the Santiago Bernabéu, passing through the Puerta de Alcalá, Cibeles, the Prado Museum, Atocha and Vallecas. A tour to enjoy Madrid, the Christmas atmosphere, play sports and say goodbye to the year surpassing our marks.

A woman crossing the finish line

Madrid marches against cancer

It is a race that, although it does not have much impact, or at least not at the level of the San Silvestre or Madrid runs through Madrid, is very important in the calendar of popular races in Madrid.

It is known as Madrid on the move or Madrid against cancer. It is held at the end of March and starts from the Paseo de la Castellana. The main race is 10km and you can participate with a minimum age of 14 years, then there are other distances that are 4km for adults and another for children. There is also a solidarity bib, that is, donating money, without participating in the race.

Part of the registration money goes to the fight against cancer, a disease that every year affects more people, both children and adults, and where more than 100.000 people lose their lives every year.

Madrid vintage run

One of those popular races in Madrid that more for being a sporting event, become famous for the good vibes, the theme and the date of the year in which it is celebrated. A race that transports us to the retro style and with a charitable purpose in favor of the association that has been chosen in that edition.

This sporting event is part of the Mapoma Running League by As, and all those who participate in it will enter the ranking and other rewards and benefits of La Liga.

It is usually held in the first week of June, there are less than 1.000 participants and it is an ultra-fast 10 km course with retro clothing that gives life to the sporting event.


A popular and peculiar dog race. It is a sporting event where all family members can participate, especially dogs. It is a race to fight against the abandonment of animals, raise awareness about responsible animal ownership and promote adoption.

30% of the inscriptions go to the National Non-Profit Association Perrotón Spain, which helps dozens of animal associations throughout Spain. It is held in the capital at the beginning of October and covers the streets and most emblematic places of the city in a 5 km route.

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