More than 18,000 women are expected on the streets of Madrid today, Sunday 24th October, to take part in the 17th annual Carrera de la Mujer ( Women´s Race)
The race which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic will see competitors as well as friends and family lining the streets for a carnaval like atmosphere to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The 7.2 km run covers the centre of the capital starting in Serrano then to Alcalá, Recoletos, Alonso Martínez, Santa Engracia, Bravo Murillo, then back down to Alberto Aguilera, Marques de Urquijo and finishing in the Paseo de Camoens.
La Marea Rosa ( pink sea) as all the runners wear pink tops is for all ages also aims to bring to the fore, a variety of iassues facing women, including gender violence, domestic abuse and unequal pay.
Funds raised will go to the Spanish Cancer Association as well as three other charities dedicated to women´s issues including Wanawake Mujer, Pulseras Rosas and Clara Campoamor.
In addition “solidarity bibs” will be sold at stands along the route which aims to bring awareness to Spain´s physically disadvantaged females athletes.
Gema Hassen-Bey, who has been a pioneer in Paralympic fencing achieving the first medal in the Barcelona 92 Games for Spain and is currently preparing to be the first woman in a wheelchair to scale the 5,895 metre Mount Kilimanjaro, in Kenya will be raising funds from the sale of the bibs for the attempt.
Among the priority objectives is the effort to incorporate women of all ages into the regular practice of sport, fight against cancer and raise awareness about the importance of prevention, as well as promote healthy lifestyle habits to avoid it as far as possible. as possible, and combat gender violence and social and educational inequalities suffered by women.
All women will wear 016 on their numbers in physical races, which is the telephone service for victims of sexist violence and does not leave a mark on the telephone bill. Due to the anti-COVID regulations, there is no cloakroom service, so it is recommended that companions go to the finish area from the Colón or Serrano stations on Metro line 4 (Argüelles) and wait for the runners on their own goal.