Miami, Florida (PressExposure) June 27, 2013 -- Devoted marathon runners scour the globe to participate in adrenaline-pumping runs that take place in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. On Sunday, August 25, those same fanatics will join fellow devotees in Mexico City to participate in the 31st annual Marathon of Mexico City. This year, City officials anticipate more than 17,000 participants from around the world.
Starting at 6:45 a.m. at the Zocalo square in the City's historical center, the marathon will end at the Olympic Stadium, which was home to the 1968 Olympics Games hosted by Mexico City. The 42 kilometer/26 mile run will provide a spectacular view of the historic and modern architecture in the City, with buildings ranging from the 1500's to the 21st century. Marathon organizers hope to bring back experiences from the 68 Olympics by having partakers pass by the many emblematic monuments of the City, such as the Angel of Independence, as well as culture-rich neighborhoods.
Marathon organizers are also encouraging athletes to give back to the community. In addition to achieving personal goals, participants can be 'Runners with a Footprint' where they can choose a specific foundation to support and raise funds for.
For the first time, the event will be televised, inviting spectators from all over Mexico as well as from 50 different countries to watch the marathon live. Prizes for the winners of the Marathon total to more than $249,00USD. The first runner up will be awarded with $35,041USD, followed by the second with $15,574USD and third place will receive $7,787USD. Cash prizes will be rewarded up to the 25th place, who will receive $1,011USD.
For those who plan to visit Mexico City and participate in the Marathon, hotels in the Historical Center and along Paseo de la Reforma are the best options. Among these include Marquis Reforma, St. Regis, Hilton Centro Historico and JW Marriot.
Mexico City presents other fun sport activities for travelers. A must-experience is watching a Lucha Libre, or Free Fight, event at the Arena Mexico - also known as the Cathedral of Lucha Libre - or a bullfight in the world's largest bullring, the Plaza Mexico. Mexico City's bike-sharing program, Ecobici, allows one to explore numerous neighborhoods including Roma, Condesa, San Rafael, Cuauhtamoc and on the Paseo de la Reforma, the city's main avenue, which is closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays allowing cyclists, runners and roller-bladers to take over. A lively soccer match can also be enjoyed at one of the many stadiums including the Blue Stadium, the University Stadium and the largest football stadium in Mexico - the Aztec Stadium.
For more information about the Marathon, visit http://maratoncdmx.com
About Mexico City
With more than 12.5 million visitors every year, Mexico City is an alluring destination filled with exciting revelations for travelers. The ever-evolving city, among the largest in the world, showcases a colorful display of a rich past seamlessly integrated into a modern metropolis. Among its many attractions include four UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 150 museums and galleries, charming neighborhoods, colorful street markets and bazaars, celebrated culinary venues, a wide-range of hotels & spas, a lively night scene, state-of-the-art meeting venues, and so much more. With its many attractions and year-round calendar of events, Mexico City can be enjoyed by all ages from corporate travelers to leisure guests, families, couples and the LGBT community. Mexico City's tourism industry is enhanced with the support of Mexico City's Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MexicoCityLive and https://twitter.com/MexicoCityLive.