The Mexico City Marathon will return to the streets of the capital on Sunday, November 28, after a year's absence due to the covid-19 pandemic. It will be the same route as in 2019, starting at Ciudad Universitaria and crossing the finish line at the capital's Zócalo, and will have a registration fee of 650 pesos.
"The route, which we modified in 2019 to start from Ciudad Universitaria and finish in the capital's Zócalo, will be the same. With this innovative route, we prioritized running through the most emblematic sites and monuments of the city. We maintain the route with which we managed to reduce 5 minutes on average of our runners," said Rodrigo Dosal Ulloa, director of the Mexico City Sports Institute (Instituto del Deporte CDMX).
It will be held under strict health protection measures that include: different starting times for each of the four blocks; negative Covid test and vaccination card for each participant; a limit of 20,000 registrations per event.
"A Covid test is required at least 72 hours before picking up the competitor's kit and all those who are vaccinated must present a complete vaccination booklet, although the booklet is not indispensable," said Javier Carvalho, technical manager of the marathon.
The 2 thousand athletes registered for the 2020 marathon, cancelled by COVID-19, will have direct entry to the marathon, so there are only 18 thousand places available.
The medal will be a representation of the Monument to the Revolution, to continue with the series of emblematic places that together form the map of Mexico City. Additionally, anyone wishing to recover the medal corresponding to the 2020 Marathon, from Chapultepec Castle, will be able to do a virtual marathon from October 22 to 31.
Due to the fact that most athletics events worldwide have had to change their dates, 2021 will not be a parameter for the categories awarded. In other words, the Mexico City Marathon will maintain its gold category despite the fact that the major international athletes will not be attending.
"The World Athletics has condoned to all organizing committees the obligation as one of the etiquette requirements to summon a certain number of elite athletes. This year we have been forced to modify and they are not forcing us to invite the elite athletes, although they are welcome," concluded Carvalho.