10.000 participants took part in the race, Madrid corre por Madrid (Madrid runs for Madrid) the 18th of September 2016. A 10 kilometer race that took place in the center of Madrid, going around the likes of Retiro, Sol, Cibeles and more. The event was organized by the Asociación Deportivo MAPOMA, who also take care of the volunteers at the events like this and others. Moreover, it is a solidary event where part of the inscription money went to the Spanish firefighters beyond borders organization (Bomberos Unidos sin frontiers).
Out of the 10.000 participants, about 3000 were women and the remaining 7000 men. There were 101 different teams made up by five members each. Moreover, the race began with 19 disabled runners doing the race by hand bikes, showing that thanks to sport and its values matters like integration and tolerance can be promoted. The 19 athletes were applauded by the public, and not long after the first runners ran over the finish line. The first female runner to cross the finish line by the Neptun fountain was Azuecena Díaz. The 33 year old runner is specialized in running marathons, and recently she was in Rio de Janeiro competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics. But the race was mostly about having a good time, and being part of the volunteers I surely enjoyed this sunday morning.
If you are based in Madrid, or would like to visit Spanish capital then it is recommended to volunteer with MAPOMA. It is a great way to see a sport event from the inside, and get to know other people equally passionate about the healthy lifestyle. It is just a great event to get to know people! Everybody from the organization, to the volunteers, to the participants are very open and make being a sport event volunteer at happenings like Madrid Corre can open up for new friendships. Besides Madrid Corre, MAPOMA also organize EDP Rock N’ Roll Madrid Marathon which takes place in the spring. Before then there will be other events as well! If you want more information about the organization then have a look here: http://www.mapoma.es/voluntariado/. Note that it is necessary to know (some) Spanish in order to be a MAPOMA volunteer.
Written by Patricia Anthony, Sport Event Volunteer