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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/08/2014

The Prince of Asturias Foundation has increased the number of runner numbers available for the 1ST “Big Apple” fun run to mark the conferral of the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports on the New York City Marathon by 500

The number of free entries for the 2015 NYC Marathon to be raffled among the participants has been upped from ten to fourteen.

The race will be held in Gijon at 11:00am on Saturday 25th October, with the participation of renowned athletes.

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The Prince of Asturias Foundation has increased the amount of runner numbers for over-18s to participate in the 1st Big Apple Fun Run by 500 after the 2,400 numbers originally available for this category were taken up in just one day. The number of free entries for the 2015 New York City Marathon to be raffled among adult participants in the race has been upped from ten to fourteen.

Organized in collaboration with Gijón City Council to mark the conferral of the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports on the New York City Marathon, the 5-km race will be held in Gijón at 11:00am on Saturday 25th October. Registration is free and is now limited to a total of 3,500 runners.

Registration for the new numbers, as well as for those available for the under-18s, starts tomorrow (Thursday 9th October) via Gijón Municipal Sports Board’s website (deporte.gijon.es) until completing the quota of 3,000 registered entries. Runners can pick up their numbers on 23rd and 24th October (between 5pm and 9pm) and on 25th (from 9am up until half an hour before the start of the race) in the main entrance hall to the Gijón International Exhibition Grounds (FIDMA), located on Paseo del Doctor Fleming.

Participants Mary Wittenberg, president and executive director of the New York Road Runners and director of the New York City Marathon, will be in charge of the starting gun and will participate in this event along with the chairman of the board of the New York Road Runners and member of the founding team of the New York City Marathon, George Hirsch.

In addition, renowned athletes will run alongside ordinary participants on a course that will start out from Hermanos Castro Park and end at the Former Municipal Fish Market, where there will be a replica of the New York City Marathon finish line. Athletes who have already confirmed their participation include:

- Abel Antón, Fabián Roncero, Alberto Juzdado, Martín Fiz and José Manuel García, members of the Spanish marathon team bestowed with the 1997 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.

- Chepkite Tegla Loroupe (Kenya), the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon in 1994, a victory she repeated in 1995.

- Germán Silva (Mexico), who won the New City York Marathon in 1994 and 1995 and competed in the Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

- Alessandra Aguilar (Spain), fifth in the Marathon World Championships in Moscow in 2013 and competitor in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.

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