Both for those who joined us for the first Zafiro Palma Marathon in Mallorca and those who couldn’t do so, this post contains a summary of all the details of a great day. A fantastic festival of running to always be remembered and ... coming back next year!
1. Kids Run for the little ones
2. The big day arrives: Zafiro Palma Marathon
3. Winners of the Zafiro Palma Marathon 2018
4. Marathon numbers and events
5. Zafiro Palma Marathon 2019
Kids Run for the little ones
On Saturday, after picking up their race numbers and charging up their batteries at the Pasta Party, the youngest participants and future champions got going. More than a thousand children up to 12 years of age took part and had fun in the Kids Run. And guess who was there to cheer them on? Our beloved Yzzy! There was no way Izzy was going to miss the party!
The big day arrives: Zafiro Palma Marathon
After the party on Saturday, the day everyone was waiting for came on Sunday, October 14. The starting line was full of people from all over the world for the start of the 10km, half marathon and marathon.
Around 10,000 participants ran through the main streets and squares in Palma, starting in front of Palma Cathedral with plenty of energy and clocking up kilometres as they advanced through the old town and along the Paseo Marítimo seafront. The fantastic weather also meant that loads of people came out to cheer them all on.
Signs of tiredness? In addition to several bands playing music along the route, there was also our friendly entertainment team to cheer the runners on and give them strength. Some of them even stopped to take a picture!
Little by little the runners began arriving at the finishing line and congratulations, selfies, laughter and good fun in general followed one after another. Grateful and happy to have achieved their objectives and, above all, for having enjoyed a day that ended up being a big party.
Winners of the Zafiro Palma Marathon 2018
In the 10 km event, the winners were the Mallorcan Toni Gran with a time of 33m:40s and the Swede Jenny Martensson with 38m:56s.
In the half marathon, the Mallorcan Sebastiana Llabrés won with a time of 1h:23m:08s and Julio del Val from Madrid won in 1h:11m:32s and told us how delighted he was with the course and the organisation.
Finally, the favourite Richard Waldron withdrew due to injury, leaving the road clear for the Dane Kasper Launmann to win his first marathon in a time of 2h:30m:15s. Nine minutes later Joan Florit, the Balearic Islands champion crossed the line. In the women's race, the Polish runner Anna Wasik dominated from start to finish and crossed the finish line after 3h:00m:56s to become the marathon winner.
We would like to take this chance to thank all of the people who have made this beautiful experience possible, especially Kumulus for the organisation, Dani Quintero for the great work done on communication, Palma City Council and the Balearic Islands Tourism Agency. Thanks once again to you all!
Marathon interesting facts
- - Runners from 60 countries, 15 more than last year. An all-time record!
- - The marathon with the highest proportion of women in Spain. 42% of the runners were women!
- - A new feature this year was a mobile app so the race could be followed live.
- - Before the races, a minute’s silence was held in memory of all the victims of the floods in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar.
- - All the photos are available on the official website of the Zafiro Palma Marathon
Zafiro Palma Marathon 2019
Would you like to take part? Zafiro Hotels will continue as the official sponsor of the event next year, and the first 100 people who book their stay with us for the 2019 race will get free registration.
Now it only remains to say: Thank you and see you all next year!