In 2007, the Maratón de Santiago, the Biggest Sporting Celebration in Chile, had its first version and gathered 6,800 official entries.
Thanks to the work and perseverance of a team composed of highly trained professionals, Adidas as the main sponsor and Prokart in production, it was possible to include distances of 10, 21 and 42k, also defining a circuit representative of the most important places from Santiago. We also had the sponsorship of the National Sports Institute and the collaboration of the Regional Government and the Metropolitan Intendency in matters of security, thinking about the high amount of participants.
Faced with the success of 2007, the Metropolitan Intendency asked to change the circuit for the next version, establishing the Plaza de la Ciudadanía (Citizens' Square), in front of the Palace of La Moneda, as the starting and finish line of the Marathon. This included new challenges, including the measurement of the circuits by FEDACHI (Chilean Athletic Federation) and the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), so that the times were recognized as classification for international events.
Twelve thousand entries were opened the Maratón de Santiago 2008, a number surpassed by the large number of participants who joined that day, even without registration, which consolidated it as the largest sporting event in Chile. In the sporting side, Roberto Echeverria was the one who got all the applauses, as his mark of 2:15:37 qualified him to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The 2009 edition surpassed once again the most optimistic expectations. Of the more than sixteen thousand that entered, 1,263 ran the full Marathon distance, 5.558 did the Half Marathon and 8,969 the
10k Run, in a day whose effective participation was estimated at more than 22,000 people.An important milestone in this edition was Erika Olivera, who won to the women's category with a time of 2:36:19, which allowed her to qualify for the World Athletics Championship in Berlin.
Given the explosive growth of the race, the organization raised once again the number of entries in 2010. A special year, as well as having the historical and symbolic incentive of the country's
Bicentennial, the population was shocked by the earthquake catastrophe of February 27.
The Maratón de Santiago was conceived as a gesture of unity and solidarity to raise the nation and its people, struck by natural disaster, once again. The response was effusive and more than 25,000 athletes from all regions of the territory and abroad gathered in front of the Government Palace.
They witnessed the deployment of the largest human flag ever to be known in Chile and the milestone of exceeding 2,600 entries for the 42k distance.
2011 meant the first television broadcast of the event, an achievement that took MDS live across the country for four hours through the Canal 13 screens. The broadcast marked historic ratings for a
Sunday in that time schedule, with a peak of 11.8 rating points, setting a precedent of the scope of competition in mass media.
Already consolidated in the sporting side, the 2011 Marathon was the moment to advance in relevant aspects such as Social Responsibility. There was a technological leap represented by the neutralization of CO2 emissions, caused by the use of public transport (Metro), generators, vehicles and other production equipment; elimination of the use of paper in registration and accreditation systems; and the use of hybrid cars and natural gas vans.
Thus, the MDS became the first Marathon in the world to manage these advances in harmony with the environment, with the city of Santiago and its inhabitants. It would not be the only time, since all these aspects were deepened in the following editions.
The 2012 version represented the confirmation of the sustained growth it had seen in terms of foreign entries. Coming from more than fifty countries and five continents, this edition reached a record number of more than 3,000 foreign athletes, motivated by the conditions of the event that transformed it into a perfect scenario as a selective classification of the championships and international distance tournaments. The best example of this was the classification of the national athlete Natalia Romero to the London 2012 Olympic Games, with a time of 2:34:57.
With these conditions, the event was recognized by the IAAF with the Bronze category for its next version, as well as its incorporation in the international calendar of athletic competitions.
Five years after its first international certification, the circuit of the Maratón de Santiago had to revalidate this process by an IAAF measurer in 2013. The event was used to redesign the circuit, reducing the height in the Marathon distance, which allows athletes to achieve better marks.
Thus, apart from certifying the Marathon and Half Marathon distances, an innovative electronic timing system was incorporated that improved the results. On-line registration and identity verification were also improved.
In the sporting side, the Marathon distance entries exceeded 4,000 participants, and the international competition saw its level rise with more than 50 elite athletes and the inclusion, in men and women, of a high number of Latin American athletes aiming to achieve qualification for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia.
2014 meant the entry of Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones S.A. as the new main sponsor, keeping Adidas as sporting sponsor and Gatorade as official hydrator, which pointed to the greater development and level of the event, in terms of technological advances and greater number of services. By this time the Entel Maratón de Santiago had already achieved its consolidation as the most important in the region, with 25,000 official entries.
This same year there was a significant change in the organization of the event, with the creation of the Corporación Maratón de Santiago, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the practice of athletics through planning and organization of competencies, and in particular the organization of the MDS-Maratón de Santiago®, contributing with scholarships and grants to outstanding and promising athletes.
Within the framework of the MDS 2014, the South American Marathon Championship was successfully held, with Chile winning the team competition, and the recognized national athletes Roberto Echeverría and Erika Olivera winning the individual gold medals and the cup.
2015 had officially 28,000 runners who participated in the biggest sporting celebration in Chile. Given the magnitude of the event, the organization provided 25 thousand liters of isotonic drinks (not counting water), in addition to 20 tons of fruit.
To ensure security of all participants to this great sporting event, the organization arranged the following provisions:
- 6,000 cones to demarcate the circuit in the streets.
- 3,000 security grills in the corners with higher vehicle traffic.
- 4 ambulances to assist participants in case of accidents.
- 8 medical tents to assist participants in case of accidents on the road.
- 3 medical tents arranged in the area covering the event.
- 480 flaggers around the circuit to lead runners and avoid straying.
- 15 drivers.
- 6 security vehicles.
Facing the 2015 Entel Maratón de Santiago, the Corporación MDS presented a new project that sought to detect runners between 15 and 18 years old aiming to their debut in the 10k.
The objective of this initiative is to promote running and search young talent, and in an initial stage it was carried out in four of the communes that cross the event: Santiago, Providencia, La Reina and Las Condes.
The plan was carried out by the YKA club, headed by Erika Olivera, and the training took place at the facilities in the O'Higgins, Inés de Suárez and Araucano parks. Participation was free, with the idea of maintaining this initiative in time.
For the first year, in 2015, the Corporación Maratón de Santiago and UNICEF Chile entered a cooperation agreement that allowed the international organization to be the beneficiary of the ninth edition of the largest sporting event in Chile, where for the first time 28,000 runners were entered.
The agreement consisted in that the participants of the Entel Maratón de Santiago 2015, at the time of registering, could make a donation or become partners of UNICEF Chile during the delivery of the kits in the ExpoRunning 2015, a three-day activity that preceded the competition.
Of the total number of participants in the competition, 4,543 participants decided to make a contribution to the international organization, which totaled an amount of up to $ 8,469,312. These funds aim to help UNICEF continue working to ensure the fulfillment of the rights of children and adolescents living in Chile.
Another important project of the Corporation was the formation of the MDS Team, a project that seeks to provide scholarships or financial aid to elite athletes who join the MDS Athletes Project, which will form the basis of the national team competing at distances of 21K and/or 42K, and also co-finance some of their basic athletic activities for their training.
|2013||Julius Keter||Kenia||2:11:44||Circuit record|
|2009||Erika Olivera||Chile||2:36:19||2º triunfo|
|2010||Natalia Romero||Chile||2:41:13||2º triunfo|
|2012||Natalia Romero||Chile||2:34:57||3º triunfo|
|2015||Inés Melchor||Perú||2:28:18||Récord del circuito|
Do you know what milestones marked the 2011 Maratón de Santiago?
- First time it was televised
- Neutralization of CO2 emissions
Do you know which Chileans managed to qualify the Olympic Games in the Maratón de Santiago?
- Roberto Echeverría to Beijing 2008 and Natalia Romero to London 2012.
Do you know what change the Maratón de Santiago had between 2007 and 2008?
- The start and finish line was changed to the Plaza de la Ciudadanía (Citizens Square).
Do you know why Julius Ketter is in the history of the Maratón de Santiago?
- Julius Keter, with a time of 2:11:43, is the circuit record.
Do you know which Chilean women has won the Maratón de Santiago more times?
- Natalia Romero. She won the 42K in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Do you know which international bodies validate the Maratón de Santiago?
- The MDS is part of the International Association of Marathons and Road Races (AIMS) and its circuit is certified by the IAAF and AIMS.
Do you know how many entries were offered for the 2007 Maratón de Santiago?
- 6,000 runners were registered, but more than 14,000 were estimated to have participated.
Do you know which the great improvement of the Maratón de Santiago was after the 2013 redesign?
- It reduced the height of the Marathon, which made it possible to improve times.
Do you know what was done after 27-F (Feb. 27, 2010) in the MDS?
- It had the magnificent participation of 25,000 runners from all over the country who deployed the largest human flag ever known in Chile. Along with that, it was possible to raise funds for children affected by the earthquake.
Do you know where the foreigners registered in the MDS come from?
- From more than 50 countries on five continents! The MDS has been consolidated at the international level, so much so that in 2015, 3,777 foreigners registered. The largest number came from Brazil with 2,454, followed by Argentina with 380.