The Guadalajara City has two very important races every year. The Guadalajara Megacable Marathon hydrated by Electrolit and the Guadalajara Electrolit 21K nourished by Granvita, which are the most cultural marathon and half-marathon of Mexico and two of the most outstanding races in the continent.
Both of them have a certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) owing to the fact that they have a highly competitive organization, safety and quality in the route and great care for the runners. The Guadalajara Marathon got an IAAF Bronze Label in the two last editions, and the 21K Guadalajara has made history by being the first Gold Label event in Mexico.
The spectacular stage of the start and finish is framed by the Glorieta Minerva and the Arcos de Guadalajara, traditional sites that originally welcomed visitors to the city. From the starting gun, the race gets underway amongst examples of the most emblematic modern architecture, such as the Matute Remus Bridge and the Arcos del Milenio, fantastic images that make the tapatíos proud.
Some races have great prestige, others have color and cultural appeal, but the Guadalajara Marathon has it all. All the runners will experience the intensity and enjoy every kilometer of the Marathon, encourage by supporters in more than 60 animation islands garbed in multi-colored traditional wrestling masks, costumes, hats, music and dances.
If you’re not ready for running a marathon, there is also a relay category in which teams of four runners compete among categories of sports clubs, municipalities, states or countries for podium honors.
As an added attraction to the competition, runners will be able to collect shirts with stamped letters that will eventually form the word ‘Guadalajara’, this will be possible by running a series of six races between marathons and half marathons. The medals are also collectable and symbolize a petal, so that when three are joined together they form a representative flower of the traditional Huichol art in this region of the country.
In 2018 the Guadalajara Megacable Marathon hydrated by Electrolit and the Guadalajara Electrolit 21K nourished by Granvita were declared Guadalajara’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, each event involves government institutions, universities, neighborhood groups and volunteers, so that the entire city embraces the race.
If you come to Guadalajara the region’s gastronomy, culture and places of entertainment will allow you to have a pleasant stay, including visits to Tequila (the city of the famous drink, just 50 minutes from the city), as well as paradisiacal beaches just three hours drive away.
To visit Guadalajara is to feel at all times the joy of music, the mariachi, the charrería, and the tequila, that are Mexico’s most representative icons. Now the Marathon and the 21K belong to that list.
Come to run and enjoy Guadalajara!