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Foreigners make up a fifth of those already signed up for the Malaga half marathon

Runners participating in last year's half marathon. :: francis silva
Runners participating in last year's half marathon. :: francis silva
  • The 21-kilometre run takes place on 26 March; those wishing to participate have until 10 March to register

More than 5,000 people have already signed up for the Caixabank City of Malaga half marathon, due to take place on 26 March: proof of the growing popularity of running in the region.

The figure continues to increase year on year, getting closer to the maximum quota of 7,500 participants that can be accommodated on the day.

This will be the 27th edition of the marathon, which every year invites participants to enjoy the freedom of the streets and roads of the city throughout the 21-kilometre run.

Although the majority of people who have signed up are from Malaga, a thousand foreign athletes are also expected to take part, some who live in Spain and others who come to the country especially for the event.

"The majority of foreign runners are Italian and English, although there is also a decent number of Portuguese and, outside of Europe, American participants too," explained Manolo Sarria, the president of the sporting association Malaga Sport, who has organised the run.

Those wishing to participate have until 10 March to register, with the fee for non-federated athletes at 22 euros.

Caixabank, the official sponsors, will give 18,000 euros of money raised to three non-profit organisations.