Each year the city of Barcelona swells with runners from all over the world who visit the city for the annual Barcelona Marathon (known locally as the Zurich Marató). Those planning on participating in this year´s 41st edition marathon, which will be taking place on March 10th, 2019, should start thinking about registering soon and training, if they haven´t already. As of one and half month before the event date, there were already 12,500 registered participants. Over 20,000 runners participated in 2017 and similar number of participants is expected to participate this year. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the route and cheer on the participants.
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History of the Marathon
The first Barcelona Marathon took place in 1978, in the coastal village of Mataró, about 15 km northeast of the Costa Brava. It was almost exactly the same course run during the Olympic Summer Games in 1992. In 2001 the marathon became a pure city marathon. However, in 2005 it was relocated to the area between Castelldefels, Gavá and Sitges due to a lack of approval from the city. In 2006 then cooperation between the city and the organization was finally worked out and the Barcelona Marathon could finally take place in Barcelona. In the year 2014, around 15,000 people reached the finish line.
The race will begin at 08:30 at Avinguda de La Reina Maria Cristina. It will continue from there on a 42.195 km circular route through the city, passing by some of the most famous landmarks, including the famous Camp Nou football stadium, Plaza Espanya, Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar, Torres Mapfre, Arc de Triomf, Plaza Catalunya and the Colom statue. Runners will start and finish in the leafy green hills of Montjuic in front of the Magic Fountain. The time limit for the race is 6 hours. The Marathon will cover all the different areas of Barcelona, allowing runners the perfect chance to get to know the city.
Two days before the race (the 8th and 9th of March), the Marató Expo will be taking place near the starting line. More than 130 expositions brand will be performing their products and more than 70 000 visitors is visiting the fair every year. It is considered as number 1 sports fair in Spain.
You can of course prepare yourself before the race, the cloakrooms will be available from 6:30 to 8:15 in Italian Pavilion of Fira de Barcelona. There will be, of course, the rescue services available, as well as the refreshment for the participants and more services.
There will be another events organized, like Breakfast run on 9th March – easy run recalling the last 4 kilometres of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games marathon and at the end waits for the participants small surprise – breakfast for all, as the name of the run tells itself.
Pasta Party is the event you can´t skip if you have registered already. The day before the run, 9th March, will be offered pasta in the Expo Sports place. Take good portion of carbohydrates to be prepared for the long run the next day!
And last but not least, the organizators think also about kids, for who is the Kids race dedicated – on 9th March, with different length of the run according to the age. So let´s take all the members of family and enjoy the weekend full of sport and fun!
How to register for Barcelona Marathon online
To register online, you will need to visit the Official Barcelona Marathon Website and fill in your details. The website is available in Spanish, Catalan, English and French. Online registrations will close on March 4th, 2019.
The entry fee for the Barcelona Marathon is EUR 61.50 (until 10,000 runners), EUR 73.00 (from 10,000 to 17,000 runners) and EUR 84.00 (from 17,001 runners). Runners are advised to contact a charity of their choosing.
For those currently living in Barcelona, we suggest training all over the city. It is strongly recommended to start slowly and increase the intensity, so you will reach better goals. On the website of the marathon, you will find suggestions useful for your training and preparation for the marathon. Check out our article on Running in Barcelona.
And at the end, you will see your result among all the runners. You can even later find the video of your finish at the website of Barcelona Marathon! We will guarantee you the best memories from this event!
How to cancel your registration
If you are injured or ill prior to the race, you may claim 50% of your registration fee back, but to do this you must provide an official medical certificate to the organizers of the event. The certificate should be sent to:
Marato Barcelona 2016 – Cancellations
Gran Via 8 – 10, 6th Floor, Hospitalet de Llobregat
08902 Barcelona, España.
POPULAR TIP: The date of the Marathon can change due to weather conditions, so make sure you buy travel insurance for your cancellation or date change of airline tickets!
Check the interactive map of the marathon route and explore all the interesting spots you will be running alongside!
Photo Credit: zurichmaratobarcelona.es
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