|The Gran Canaria Marathon|
You can hardly move in Las Palmas at the moment because of all the runners getting in a few final miles before the start of the Gran Canaria marathon on Sunday (January 20).
10,000 people from 40 countries will pound Las Palmas' pavements in the 10km race, the half marathon and the full slog. There are also children's races and para-events on Saturday.
The route this year is great for runners and spectators alike. It goes from the port all the way along the Las Canteras beach front and then through the city into Vegueta (to give the runners the chance to give the cathedral a wave). Then the full marathon runners have to do a second 21km lap.
The weather forecast for Sunday is a mix of sun and light cloud with temperatures of about 20 degrees during the race. Perfect for running and for photographing runners. Good luck to all the participants and remember to smile when a fool in a straw hat points a camera at you.
Registration for the 2014 event opens on Sunday and continues until October 31.
Photos from the 2011 Gran Canaria marathon