Antonio Sabugueiro and its friends devised the most emblematic run of our country nowadays: The San Silvestre Vallecana.
Every 31st of December, 40.000 participants run through the streets of Madrid to spend the end of the year in the best possible way.
During its first edition, in 1964, only 57 participants run the race. Jesús Hurtado were the first champion of the beginning of this dream.
In 1968 he was an Olympic gold medalist in Mexico and he finished the year being the first international athlete winning the San Silvestre Vallecana.
The economic crisis left a void in the streets of Madrid on December 31st , 1969.
In 1981, women were able to participate in the San Silvestre Vallecana for the first time. The Norwegian Grete Wait, a world champion in Helsinki 1993 and a Olympic runner-up in Los Angeles 1984, was the winner of this edition.
Photo Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota.
With four wins, three of those consecutives. Isaac is the athlete who gathers the highest number of San Silvestre Vallecana wins.
With the arrival of new sponsors, San Silvestre enters in a new dimension, becoming the social and sporting phenomenon that is today.
The San Silvestre sets the style. In 2002, the t-shirt/number appeared. Since then, it is a classic in the popular runs.
2004, a record year. Bets were opened till the end. Finally, the Australians Craig Mottram and Benita Johnson achieved the triumph.
“It has been a wonderful way to bid farewell to the old year. This people has created an incredible experience”. Everyone who has participated in the Vallecana surely coincide with these statements of Paula Radcliffe at the finish line.
2003 y 2008
The most recent Spanish winners of the Vallecana were Chema Martínez (2003) and Marta Domínguez (2008). We look forward to seeing a Spanish athlete crossing the finish line in the first place. Will it be possible this year?
In 2006, Eliud Kipchoge beat the world 10k road race record with 26:54 minutes, it could not be homologated because there was a difference in the altitude between the start and the finish line.
Some of the most emblematic places of Madrid have been the scene of the starting shot of the race.
In 2006 the San Silvestre Vallecana overtook, in the number of people registered and in the level of the international athletes, the mythic San Silvestre of São Paulo.
It has always awakened interest among women: Karina, Rocío Jurado, Rocío Dúrcal, Cristina Pedroche or Anne Igartiburu have been part of the history of this race.
The San Silvestre Vallecana every year dyes the streets of Madrid with a color. We look forward to seeing the new t-shirt of 2019. There is less time left.
And our war cry appeared. Because there are many San Silvestres but Vallecana is only one. #VallecanaSoloHayUna!
The San Silvestre Vallecana of 2018 will go down in history as the run of records. The Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo, with 18 years old, stopped the clock at 26:39, with the best mark of the history of San Silvestre and a record for the 10k road races of the world. But not only that, the Kenyan Brigid Kosgei achieved a record in the female category too, with 29:53. Certainly, the best year of the San Silvestre Vallecana.
After the 2018 records, in June of 2019, the Nationale-Nederlanden San Silvestre Vallecana entered into the world elite of road races. The IAAF awarded the run with its precious Gold Race Running Label, the highest award that recognizes the world races. The Vallecana and another three more races in the world having it.
2020 was a different year for everybody, but Madrid could not stay without La Vallecana. The pandemic forced us to reduce the capacity of the International race. Only a few privileged were able to run in a closed circuit in Vallecas. However, the race kept up its cheerful spirit.
Almost 20 years later, a Spanish athlete wins La Vallecana again. Mo Katir reconquered the throne by setting the record for a Spanish athlete in the race. The Murcia-based athlete still had the strength to do a "Cristiano" jump when he reached the finish line.