A Pair of 9.000 brokers enjoyed this weekend the healthiest pique through the streets of Madrid, which ended with the individual victories of Sergio Salinero (29: 53) and Noelia Martinez (35: 35) and an impressive joint victory of the North team, captained by Martín Fiz, who already has his third year of comeback and places the score at 8-3 in favor of his rivals.
North or South. Two philosophies, two conflicting feelings, and a healthy pique that marks the great farewell party of spring running in the capital. Near 9.000 runners gathered at the Skechers Norte Vs. South, which yesterday celebrated an eleventh record edition of this duel marked by color and rivalry full of good vibes, ingredients that have made it one of the mostmost massive arreras of Madrid.
At 9:00 a.m. the battle began on Calle Mateo Inurria, next to Plaza de Castilla. Ahead, 10 very favorable homologated kilometers, basically descending through Pío XII, Serrano and Alfonso XII streets, and with Puerta de Alcalá and Cibeles as emblematic settings. The final meters on the Paseo del Prado, next to the Prado Museum, served to give the final touches to a tour that is a true work of art to enjoy the city center and run very fast.
The good weather conditions, with a mild temperature and absence of wind, did nothing but enhance the virtues of a chrono breaker circuit. So, Sergio Salinero (North) returned to fly through the streets of Madrid and revalidated his triumph from the last edition. Although the record was not in danger (29:21), Salinero achieved the second best mark in career history breaking the 30-minute barrier: 29:54. The Skechers athlete José Spain Commander, winner of the 2017 edition, took second place (30:15), while a great name in Spanish athletics, Luis Miguel Martín Berlanas -all a Spanish record holder of 3.000 obstacles- completed a luxury podium.
In the female category, Noelia Martinez (North) broke the streak of the dombenitense Raquel Gomez, winner of the last two editions, and took the individual victory in the Skechers North Vs. South. With 35:35 in goal, he won in a tight duel the captain of the South team and record holder of the race, who crossed the finish line in the Paseo del Prado with 35:46. Third place went to Beatriz Morillo, who also dropped from 36 minutes (35:54).
Among the 9.000 runners, prominent figures of the national sport, such as Diego García Carrera, the 20km runner-up marched in Berlin in 2018, who completed the race fully marching, and the former Real Madrid footballer Álvaro Arbeloa, that, despite not arriving at his best form, he had a great time in goal: 36:24. The actor also lived this morning running Álex González, who was intoxicated by the environment and shared it with friends. A good reflection of the festive spirit of this race.
The North returns to fly high
After rewarding the fastest of the day, it was an exciting time to determine the overall winner of the Skechers North Vs. South. The magic of this race is that all runners can be champions. The participants, divided from the inscription in North or South, contribute their grain of sand in the fight for the victory of their team, regardless of their level and the times achieved in the goal. Like all years, the team with the best average net time would win the honorary title of winner of the Skechers North vs. South.
This year glory was borne by the North, that repeats triumph in a tight duel that was settled for just 4 seconds (49:04 by 49:08 South). Captain of the North, Martín Fiz, He shared the moment of celebration with a few hundred of his pupils who climbed with their green shirt on top of the podium on the Paseo del Prado. A representation of a collective triumph, by the effort of so many thousands of northern runners.
The scoreboard is still on the south side, 8-3, but #MadridSePica has only just begun. Martín Fiz wants to take the North where it deserves, at least to the draw in the battle, and Raquel Gómez is already thinking about the rematch for the 2020 edition, and that the South send in Madrid again as it did in the past. But that will be next year, because in the next 12 months the North will be the undisputed king of the capital.
ABSOLUTE CLASSIFICATIONS SKECHERS NORTE VS SUR
1.Sergio Salinero 29: 54
2.José Spain Comendador 30:15
3.Luis Miguel Martín Berlanas 30:20
1. Noelia Martínez Cabañas 35:35
2. Raquel Gómez 35:46
3. Beatriz Morillo 35: 54
WINNER OF THE NORTH SKECHERS VS SUR:
1. NORTH TEAM 49: 05
2. SOUTH EQUIPMENT 49: 08
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