The ‘María Auxiliadora Cross’ Urban Race is the longest running sporting event in the Canaries, with 40 years of uninterrupted celebration. It is organized by the San Isidro de La Orotava Salesian School. This urban race is an event that has earned a place, by its own merits, not only in the sporting calendars, but also in the hearts of thousands of athletes who have participated in it. There are very few national sporting events that can boast reaching the number of forty consecutive editions. In our archipelago, no other one has achieved this. But ‘the cross’, as it is colloquially known, It means something else. The Maria Auxiliadora cross has generated authentic traditions around it. Frequent runners often enrol their children when they are less than a year old to help them take their first steps in the world of athletics, and it is not difficult to see participants of three generations of the same family entering the finish line together in the absolute categories. If you have not crossed the María Auxiliadoras´ finish line, you have no idea of what this race means. During the latest editions more than 2,600 people have vibrated with the Villa de La Orotava audience, who feel every stride and every drop of sweat as if they were their own.