Lisbon Half Marathon affects traffic in several points of the city

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The race, which crosses the 25th of April Bridge, will reserve some spots in the city until at least 17:00 this Monday.

The 31st Lisbon Half Marathon, an event that crosses the 25th of April Bridge and that will take place this Sunday morning, will condition traffic in several parts of the city between Belém and Cais de Sodré. Cuts are planned until at least 17:00 this Monday, according to the website of the Lisbon City Council.

The bridge will be closed until 13:00.

Avenida da Índia will be closed until 17:00 this Sunday and Praça do Cais do Sodré will be completely closed to traffic, except for public transport, and it will be possible to use the BUS corridor to Largo de Santos.

The Praça do Império will be closed from 8:00 this morning until 16:00, and the space will be reserved until 17:00 this Monday. Also, the street between Avenida da Índia and the tram line of Praça do Império will be reserved until 17:00 tomorrow.

The Largo da Praça do Império will continue to be used for heavy tourist vehicles, but may change during the race. The northern access to the parking lot of the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) is guaranteed through Rua Bartolomeu Dias.

The EDP Lisbon Half Marathon is the largest athletics event in Portugal, bringing together more than 35,000 participants each year, including thousands of foreign athletes.

In this year’s edition, the elite field includes athletes from 14 countries, one of the most diverse representations ever.

This edition of the Lisbon Half Marathon aims to set world records for the distance, but also for the practice of the sport in Portugal, which the organizers consider a cause for concern.

The world record of 57.31 minutes was set by Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo in Lisbon in 2021, recovering a previous record for the race in the Portuguese capital, while the women’s record (1:02.52 hours) was set by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey in Valencia, Spain, the same year.

“More than an athletics race, it is a fingerprint of Lisbon. Not only in sports tourism, but also in leisure and, above all, in health,” said Carlos Móia, president of the Marathon Club of Portugal, which organizes the race, at a press conference this Friday.

Carlos Móia believes that this race has “democratized the practice of athletics in Portugal” and expressed concern about a study by the Eurobarometer on Sport and Physical Activity, according to which 73% of Portuguese do not exercise, the worst result of the European countries analyzed.

Source: https://www.dn.pt/local/meia-maratona-de-lisboa-condiciona-transito-em-varios-pontos-da-cidade-15989252.html

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