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- When: 11 March 2018. Start time - 8:30am
- Where: Starting and finishing point at Avenida María Cristina
- Price: Price: €61.50, for the first 10,000 , €73.00 from 10,001 to 17,000, and €84.00 from then on
- Accommodation Nearby: If you're participating or cheering someone on, you'll need somewhere to stay! Consult our range of apartments in Barcelona.
- Buy Tickets: Enlist here. Registration closes 5 March 2018
- Website: Official website
The Largest Sporting Event of the City Returns!
The 40th edition of the Zurich Barcelona Marathon 2018 will fire the pistol and commence the race on the 11 March 2018.
Barcelona, the Olympic city of 1992, is home to an international, well-respected marathon that has become a tradition in the sporty city. In the past few editions, it has maintained its position as the fourth largest marathon in Europe, surpassed only by the stratospheric figures of the marathons in Berlin, Paris, and of course, London. This course if great for those who want to improve their time, as the course is relatively flat.
This has largely been thanks to a brilliant organization and change in direction over the past few years, which shifted the marathon route to pass by various landmarks and tourist attractions. Along the way runners will find the Sagrada Familia, the Camp Nou football stadium and will trudge along Las Ramblas, with the wonderful sensation of having Barcelona's scenery pass by with every step.
History of the Barcelona Marathon
Until 2005, the race was known as the Catalunya Marathon and started in 1978. Last year, the winning male was Jonah Chesum from Kenya won with race with a time of 2:08:56 hours and the winning female was Helen Bekele from Ethiopia with a time of 2:25:04 hours. In 2010, Kenyan Jackson Kipkoech Kotut won the race with a time of 2:07:30 hours, which is a course record and the fastest marathon ever run in Spain.
- Record time: 2:07:30 hours
- Average time to complete the race: 3:58:12 hours
- Almost 200,000 runners participate every year
- Percentage of participants who complete the race is 81.47%
- On average, 52.62% of these runners are locals
- This is an incredibly international race with 146 countries being represented every year
What to do before race day
All attendees will have to pick up their number, chip and goodie bag at the Expo Sports. You must bring the ID card or passport along with the email you receive with your bib number. Collect it from Fira de Barcelona, Recinto Montjüic (pavilion 8) and 9 and 10 March from 10am – 8pm. You will not be able to collect it on the day of the race.
The day before the marathon, the Pasta Party takes place at the Expo Sports, where pasta dishes are offered to participants in the marathon and one other person for free. This takes place from 12pm – 4pm. The pasta provides runners with carbohydrates needed to the big day and is a great bonding experience for all the runners.
During the run there will be crowds cheering on the participants at various points around the city offering music and support. The Marathon is one of the most important in Trail, Triathlon and running in Europe.
So put on your racing shoes because Barcelona is waiting for you!.