Long-distance runners are busy signing up for the 2019 Guadalajara Marathon, which takes place on the morning of Sunday, November 3 along 42 kilometers of city streets. Organizers anticipate that at least 5,000 runners will register for the annual event, now in its 35th year.
As of October 8, more than 4,000 people had already registered to participate in the race. Around one-third of the sign-ups are women.
Registration discounts have been offered in recent months, but since early September the cost for participating in the marathon has risen to the full price of 650 pesos. Exempt from fees are world-ranked runners with times of less than 2:27:00 for men and 3:00:00 for women, as well as those entering in the wheelchair or blind categories and anyone over age 60.
This year’s race will begin and end at the city arches (Los Arcos) on Avenida Vallarta. Starting 6 a.m., the elite runners will head the field and expect to complete the course just after 8 a.m. Others may take up to five hours to finish the course. Nineteen refueling stations staffed by volunteers will be set up along the route.