Thousands of runners from around the world take to the streets of Barcelona for this big sporting event. Locals turn up in even greater numbers to show their support to those taking part. The route, which changes every year, leads runners and spectators past many of the main historical landmarks of the city. The day before the celebration of the “Zurich Marató de Barcelona”, a traditional “Pasta Party” is held for all participants and guest which is held in the Expo Sports complex, an act of fraternity between all the runners whilst providing participants with hydrates of carbon necessary to face the big race the next day.
The Marathon is held in Barcelona’s city centre, Spain. The nearest airport is Barcelona Airport – El Prat and is approximately 13 kms to the city centre. From the airport you can take the RENFE train, Aerobus express service or a taxi.
This year the race starts in Avinguda María Cristina (metro L3 or bus 63 and 150) and finishes in Avinguda María Cristina. The route of the race is known to change each year and the route map for this year’s race can be downloaded from the official website.
If you have always wanted to attempt a marathon, what better way to do it than teamed with a trip to Barcelona? Barcelona Marathon 2017 is fast approaching and if you plan on competing you will need to think about registering soon. The race takes off at 08.30 in Avinguda María Cristina and finishes Avinguda María Cristina with a required completion time limit of six hours. If you would prefer to participate in the atmosphere of this great race, then line the streets and cheer on the runners, or you could join in a “mini-race” or better known as the “Breakfast Run” held the day before.
To really make the most of your visit to Barcelona why not stay in some of the most picture-perfect rental accommodation. In the city centre you can choose to stay in luxurious houses, chic apartments, stylish bed and breakfasts and all within easy reach of local attractions.
The Sagrada Família, a large Roman Catholic landmark church in Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is and worth a visit or you may want to meander through the stalls of popular and well visited “La Bouqueria” market.
To find out more information on The Marathon go to the official website. Here you can explore the official route, landmarks, events and register.
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