In less than 100 days, 20,000 runners will take to Santiago’s streets for the annual marathon. This year’s event will take place on April 3rd, and competitors from a host of countries come to do battle with the streets of Santiago and one another. Weather in April is cool in the morning, but with stronger sun than you may be expecting. Rain is possible, but unlikely. The course is flattish with long uphills, but nothing particularly steep.
There are three different events to choose from:
- Marathon (42,195 m, distance certified by IAAF and FEDACHI)
- Half-Marathon (21, 098 m, distance certified by IAAF and FEDACHI)
- 10k run
They’ll take place near-concurrently with the marathon and half starting at 8 AM, and the 10 k starting 15 minutes later, all starting from right in front of the Moneda Palace. If past years are any indication, there tends to be a lag in startup, but the race is fairly well-organized, with fairly clear signage. Numbers and goodie bags, chips, (and historically, garish-colored wicking t-shirts) are given out in the two days preceding over at Estación Mapocho.
Registration prices are as follows:
October 15th to December 31st
- Marathon: 15,000
- Half-marathon: 12,000
January 1st to February 28th
- Marathon: 18,000
- Half-marathon: 15,000
- 10-k 12,000
March 1 to March 20th (or while supplies last)
- Marathon: 22,000
- Half-marathon: 18,000
- 10-k 12,000: 18,000
There is $89,000 in prize money at stake, with prizes also to men who break 2:12:30, and women who break 2:23:30. More prize information is available here.
To register, friend on facebook or otherwise show off your upcoming race in Santiago, check out the Santiago Marathon 2011 official website.