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Torremolinos ends year with San Silvestre fun run

Runners wore an array of festive fancy dress costumes.
Runners wore an array of festive fancy dress costumes. / T. B.
  • More than 500 athletes and fun runners of all ages participated in the charity race wearing fancy dress costumes

More than 500 runners took part in the fifth edition of the San Silvestre fun race in Torremolinos on New Year's Eve. The popular, non-competitive street race was organised by Torremolinos town hall, who requested that those taking part, whether seasoned athletes or fun runners, participate in fancy dress. Runners of all ages took part in the race, which officially closed the town's calendar of sporting events for 2019.

One party from Valladolid who were spending Christmas in Torremolinos took part dressed in top hat and tails.

"This is the second year we have participated. Its fun, but more importantly, it will help people in need," Maria, one of the group told SUR in English.

The four-kilometre route took the runners through the centre of Torremolinos, before heading back to the town hall, where a reception was held and prizes were given for the most inventive costumes.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets to show their support of the solidarity event, which is organised to help families in danger of social exclusion over the festive period. In order to register for the race, the participants were asked to contribute one kilo of non-perishable food, which was donated to Emaús, a non-profit association dedicated to helping local families in vulnerable situations.