Mexico City sits at an altitude of 2,250 meters above sea level. At this altitude, you might think that it will need some extra effort to run. And it’s true to some extent. But despite the altitude, which most people can handle reasonably well, you have a vibrant and exciting city to run in.
Mexico City regularly hosts several running events and activities throughout the year, like Go! Running Mexico City tours. Running with us allows you to catch sunrises in the main square in Downtown, discover 19th-century Art Deco and Art Nouveau style architecture and relax in big city parks. You can even smell just made tortillas and tamales in your morning run.
Besides, Mexico City has pleasant weather, with temperatures between 13 and 26 degrees Celcius. Even on rainy days, you’ll be in comfort.
The COVID-19 pandemic restricted many races and sports events. But with the vaccines, Mexico City is taking all the precautions for you to enjoy running again.
Here’s a list of some of the 2023 running races in Mexico City:
Pescado de Moctezuma
Date: TBC 2023
Pescado de Moctezuma is a relay race from the Tecolutla beach to the pyramids of Teotihuacàn. It’s the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to run a race rooted deep in history. The race dates 500 years and is connected to one of the most ancient routes of Aztec times.
Legend says that the Aztec emperor Moctezuma employed expert runners called painanis. They ran in relay to bring him fresh fish from the coast, which was 350 kilometres away. The tradition continues to date in the form of Pescado de Moctezuma, which translates to Montezuma’s fish.
Mexico City Marathon
Date: 27 August 2023
Mexico City Marathon is one of the most important races of Mexico. Applications are not open yet, but if COVID-19 allows, the marathon is scheduled to occur on November 27. It starts from the Estadio Olimpico Universitario and ends at Zócalo Capitalino, one of the world’s largest and most magnificent city squares. On its course, the participants pass through iconic landmarks like Soumaya Museum, the Angel of Independence, and Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Mexico City Half Marathon
Date: 27 August 2023
If you want to race in Mexico City, but don’t want something as long as the full marathon, then the half marathon is for you. It is the shorter version of the full marathon and will take place two days prior. The race starts from Torre Caballito, winds through the 1700-acre Bosque de Chapultepec city park, and finishes at the Angel of Independence monument.
Travesía en las Sierras (Crossing the Sierras)
Date: 20 May 2023
Travesía en las Sierras is for you if you are really, really into extreme races. “Solo Para Salvajes” is an organisation that literally means just for savages in Spanish. It is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its most challenging race, Travesía en las Sierras.
You can choose from 50 km, 100 km, 50 or 100 miles. The ultramarathon race takes place in the state of Mexico, approximately two hours from the capital. The best trail runners of Mexico attend this race, so it’s an excellent opportunity to run with the best of the best.
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