Just before the start pistol fired on the Paseo del Parque, it was announced on the megaphone that the 39th Malaga City Run had broken records once more, this year with 19,982 people officially taking part in the ten-kilometre circuit through the city's streets.
The event continues to grow in popularity every year and attracts a broad spectrum of people from serious athletes to enthusiastic amateurs, many of whom are backing charitable causes.
The official charities backed by this year's run include the Spanish Association Against Cancer, Cotolengo, the Andrés Olivares Foundation and the Malaga Autism Foundation, with profits of the run's official t-shirts, sold at three euros each, being distributed between them.
An early lead
Abdelhadi El Mouaziz was always going to be the man to beat and he proved so once again with a strong performance seeing him open up an early lead after just two kilometres as the course headed west. The Moroccan, representing Cueva de Nerja-UMA, attracted a number of fans eager to cheer him on along the route.
He acknowledged them where he could, but ultimately paid them back with yet another win, his seventh in the competition, crossing the line after 30 minutes and 56 seconds. Mustapha Sabili (Bahía de Algeciras) and Javier Díaz Carretero (San Pedro Atletismo) came in 14 and 16 seconds behind, respectively.
The women's podium
The success for the Nerja club didn't stop there; Rebeca García, who also won comfortably last year, crossed the line with a time of 37 minutes and 33 seconds, almost a minute ahead of her clubmate María del Mar Serrano.