Saint Silvester races Spain

Saint Silvester road races to run in Spain in 2019

More and more runners join the Saint Silvester road races every year, the last to be held every year not only in Spain, but in many other countries of Latin America and Europe.

You may not know it, but this competition was not born in our country: the first Saint Silvester road race was organized on December 31, 1925, in São Paulo, Brazil.  This celebration has extended to other nations such as the Corrida de São Silvestre in Porto (Portugal), the BOclassic in Bolzano (Italy) and it is also run in Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Costa Rica.

However, Saint Silvester has won and wins every year more participants in Spain. This is evident by the fact that more than 200 events are convened every December 31 to meet, run and have fun waiting for the arrival of the New Year.

Therefore, from Walkaholic we recommend some Saint Silvester road races to be run in Spain 2019. Come and join us to say goodbye to this year.

Saint Silvester Vallecana (Madrid)

Saint Silvester Vallecana (Madrid)
Carrera de San Silvestre Vallecana / photo by PromoMadrid, License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Called at the beginning Grand Prix of Vallecas, the Saint Silvester Vallecana is until today the New Year’s Eve road race with more participants throughout Spain. This event also far exceeds the number of runners from other editions in the world, reaching over 40,000 participants.

During the night of December 31, a 10 km circuit is run through the streets of the Spanish capital, from the center of the capital to the Vallecas neighborhood.  This road race has two editions: the Popular Saint Silvester, open to all those over 16 years old, and the International Saint Silvester.

For the latter only classify 500 athletes, who must have a mark of less than 38 minutes (men) and 45 minutes (women) for that distance.

Cursa dels Nassos (Barcelona)

Race of Sant Silvestre Barcelonesa- Sant Cugat organized by the town hall.
Race of Sant Silvestre Barcelonesa- Sant Cugat/ photo of
Xavier Medina, License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In 2005 it took the name of Cursa dels Nassos or “the road race of the noses”, in honor of the Catalan mythological character Home dels nassos (“man of the noses”).

It is organized by La Sansi together with the Barcelona City Council. Awards are given to the best times and also to the best costumes.

The Saint Silvester Popular Valenciana (Valencia)

San Silvestre Valenciana, Spain
The popular race of San Silvestre Valenciana/ photo of fdmvalencia.es

The Saint Silvester Popular Valenciana 2019 (thirty-sixth edition) will be run on December 30.  It starts at 20:00 in front of the North Station and travels a 5,300 meter circuit through the city center until you reach the Town Hall Square.

Estimates, according to the assistance of previous years, indicate that more than 17,000 runners will gather to say goodbye to this year in a combination of sport, Christmas spirit and recreation with costumes and humor.

However, 600 dorsal are reserved for athletes who compete seriously.

The Saint Silvester cartagenera (Cartagena)

San Silvestre Cartagenera Race
San Silvestre Cartagenera Race / photo of Iván J. Urquízar in www.laopiniondemurcia.es

By far, this is the oldest popular road race in Murcia, in its thirty-eighth edition.  It is organized by the Department of Sports of Cartagena and its collection goes to social purposes.

It consists of 3 routes according to the age of the participants, so that no one is left this year without running.  The youngest run 400 meters, the children 800 and the older run on a circular route of 5,200 that begins in the Town Hall Square.

The race will be on December 31 at 17:30, and it is estimated that more than 2,000 runners will attend.  There will be trophies according to the category and also prizes for the most original costumes.

The Saint Silvester of Cádiz (Cádiz)

Recently created, the Saint Silvester of Cádiz will be run this year on December 28.  It is organized by the Olimpo Cádiz Sports and Sports Club and consists of a single lap of 6,000 meters through the old town.  The starting point is the San Juan de Dios square.

As a peculiarity, to participate with dorsal in this road race, 1kg of non-perishable food must be delivered to register.

At the end of the road race trophies are given to the best times in the male and female categories, and also to the best Christmas costume.

Saint Silvester of Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha)

With 7 km to be travelled, this popular road race takes place every December 31 with more than 5,000 participants.  The first edition was run in 2004 with about 600 athletes.

In Saint Silvester de Albacete it is common for its participants to be disguised for the occasion, which begins and ends on Avenida de España through the main streets of the city center.  The first three best times in the male and female category are awarded. Also, the most original individual and collective costume and the road race for children under 14, which is ran before the main event, get awards.

Other road races of Saint Silvester 2019 in Spain

San Silvestre races in Spain and other places 2019
San Silvestre races in Spain / photo of Miguel Angel Crespo, License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

SAINT SILVESTER DONOSTIARRA

DATE: December 31, 2019

PLACE: Donostia (Gipuzkoa)

SAINT SILVESTER LOGROÑO

DATE: December 31, 2019

PLACE: Logroño

SAINT SILVESTER SALMANTINA

DATE: December 29, 2019

PLACE: Salamanca

V SANSILTRAIL DE CALLES 2019

DATE: Saturday December 28, 2019

PLACE: Calles (Valencia)

PX SAINT SILVESTER ANGULERA

DATE: Saturday December 28, 2019

PLACE: San Juan de la Arena (Asturias)

IX SAINT SILVESTER HUMANES DE MADRID

DATE: Saturday December 28, 2019

PLACE: Humanes de Madrid (Madrid)

XXIV SAINT SILVESTER BAILÉN

DATE: Saturday December 28, 2019

PLACE: Bailén (Jaén)

SAINT SILVESTER TRAIL PEDREZUELA 2019

DATE: Saturday December 28, 2019

PLACE: Pedrezuela (Madrid)

X SAINT SILVESTER BENIDORM CHRISTMAS RUN

DATE: Sunday December 29, 2019

PLACE: Benidorm (Alicante)

SAINT SILVESTER CABALLERO NEGRO 2019

DATE: Sunday December 29, 2019

PLACE: Arroyomolinos (Madrid)

SANT SILVESTRE RACC 2019

DATE: Sunday December 29, 2019

PLACE: Badalona (Barcelona)

VII SAINT SILVESTER COLLADO VILLALBA

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Collado Villalba (Madrid)

55 SAINT SILVESTER VALLECANA INTERNATIONAL

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Madrid (Madrid)

SAINT SILVESTER ALCALAÍNA 2019

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)

IX SAINT SILVESTER LAS ROZAS

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Las Rozas (Madrid)

VI SAINT SILVESTER DEL REBOLLAR

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: San Juan del Rebollar (Zamora)

XII SAINT SILVESTER DE ALCOBENDAS

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Alcobendas (Madrid)

XLII SANT SILVESTRE BENICARLÓ

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Benicarló (Castellón)

X SAINT SILVESTER CORUÑA

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: A Coruña (A Coruña)

SANSELVESTRE 2019

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

XLIII POPULAR CARRERA SAINT SILVESTER CABALLA

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

42nd SAINT SILVESTER DE BARBASTRO

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Barbastro (Huesca)

VII SAINT SILVESTER VILLA DEL ESGRAFIADO

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Valdefuentes (Cáceres)

XXXVII SAINT SILVESTER TALAVERA DE LA REINA

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Talavera de la Reina (Toledo)

XXXIII SAINT SILVESTER ALCARREÑA

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara)

XV SANT SILVESTRE CADAQUÉS

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Cadaqués (Girona)

SAINT SILVESTER BILBAO – REKALDE

DATE: December 31, 2019

PLACE: Bilbao (Bizkaia)

SAINT SILVESTER PAJARERA 2019

DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

PLACE: Dosbarrios (Toledo)

X SAINT SILVESTER SPORT MUNDI

 DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

 PLACE: Hondarribia (Guipuzcoa)

So take note of these road races: we are sure that some Saint Silvester road race will be held very close to you.  If you want to have a good time, join us in this event that is already becoming tradition. Who knows? Maybe we meet in one of these road races through the cities of Spain.

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2 thoughts on “Saint Silvester road races to run in Spain in 2019”

  1. Please suggest what I should do with my 11 yr old grandson for two days staying in the countryside near Madrid to go trekking. We arrive on Oct17, 2020 to see a Real Madrid game then two days sightseeing. Last two days staying in the country Oct20 an 21, leaving by air back to Manchester on 22. We need to find two 3-4 hour medium hikes perhaps with a monastery or some natural wonder to see.
    Thanks
    Nigel

    1. Hi Nigel,

      We recommend you to check this article about Madrid treks that we wrote a few months ago: https://blog.walkaholic.me/en/spain-trekking/hiking-madrid/7-routes-hiking-trails-in-the-community-of-madrid

      It’s quite complete, and I believe you have more than enough with those options.

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      In the Android app, you can download the offline map of Madrid area, and there you can see as well some routes of the region that we bundle along the maps.

      Cheers!

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