13th February 2013
Be Hostels wants to invite you to the 35th Edition of the Barcelona Marathon. This is one of Barcelona’s annual marathons, and has the classic length of 42.195 km. This year it takes place in March.
Every year in March, all adventure-seeking runners have the opportunity to get a spectacular cruise through a beautiful city, as this is the time when the Barcelona Marathon – or the Marató Barcelona takes place. The marathon has existed since 1978, and also features 5 and 10km races, which share their starting line and course with the 42.195km marathon.
The marathon course takes runners past some of the most important landmarks in Barcelona as they run through the Catalan Capital’s streets. Some of the landmarks on the course are: Camp Nou (home base of the soccer team, FC Barcelona), Gaudi’s magnificent La Pedrera, his masterpiece The Sagrada Familia, and the UNESCO-sight, Hospital de Sant Pau.
- March 17th
- The race begins at 08:30 at Avinguida de La Reina Maria Cristina
The marathon starts and finishes below the green hills of the Montjuïc Park in front of the Magic Fountain, and some of the 42 km run along the harbour, which gives runners a more than welcome breeze to cool them down in the sometimes rather hot Spanish spring weather. The course is advertised as being flat, but it does contain some inclines, which are not that steep, but are quite long. The hilly parts are mostly situated in the beginning of the route, but the scenery, which is practically packed with excellent sights, makes up for the relative toughness of this part of the course.
Not surprisingly, many foreigners take the opportunity to visit Barcelona in the springtime and get an extensive tour through the city at marathon speed at the same time. Almost half of the 8,000 marathoners are usually visitors from abroad. The amount of runners is still relatively small, which prevents overcrowding in the streets and at water stations. But the number of participants is increasing rapidly each year, so hurry up if you want to be part of this event while it is still rather exclusive!