Image via Nandu.

While you may have thoroughly enjoyed the novel feeling of being warm in the city this Saturday, rest assured that 11,754 marathon runners were finding it a little tougher to enjoy the nice weather. The participants ran 42km through the city from North to South, via some of the City of Buenos Aires landmarks through Belgrano, La Boca, Palermo, Puerto Madero, Obelisco and Plaza de Mayo, to name a few.

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The City of Buenos Aires marathon has exploded in popularity in recent years to become the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, with 499 more participants than last year and a recent accreditation from the Metropolitan Athletics Federation declaring the course suitable for the world championships and Olympics. The race attracts a large number of foreigners, particularly from Brazil.

Image via Alfredo Martinez / La Nación.
Image via Alfredo Martinez / La Nación.

The men’s race was won by Ethiopian runner Siraj Gena Anda, who clocked in at just over 2 hours 20 minutes, followed by Argentine Migue Bárzola who arrived all of three minutes later. Lishan Dula Gemgchu, from Bahrain, won the women’s race with a time of 2 hours 39 minutes 14 seconds, with Ethiopian Almaz Negede Fejkade hot on her heels in second place.

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Porteño running culture seems to be growing by the day, with 90 different races taking place in the city this year alone. So you have plenty of opportunities to practice before next year’s marathon. Get to it, we’ll be right behind you.