Zurich BCN Marathon
In October, the city holds its 42nd annual Zurich Barcelona Marathon.
Metro: L1 (Red) - Espanya
L3 (Green) - Espanya, Poble Sec & Paral·lel
FGC (Ferrocarrils): Espanya
Bus: 55, 13 & 150
For the 2020 edition, organizers expect participation to exceed 20,000 registered runners, surpassed only by figures from record-breaking 2016, which saw 20,220 registrants. With participation statistics like this, the Barcelona Marathon is among the top 5 in Europe; approximately 49% of registered athletes are from other countries, representing 107 different nations around the world.
Compared to other marathons, the Zurich Barcelona Marathon is not only a trek of 26.2 miles (42,195 km), but also a city-wide festival that unfolds over the course of a weekend dedicated not just to running, but to the world of sports in general, thanks to a series of other activities held throughout the city:
- Kids Race: This new event also includes a special race for the smallest members of the household: KidsRace by CaixaBank.
The race will be held on Saturday, on Avenida Reina María Cristina, just next to Expo Sports.
- Expo Sports: Spain’s major athletic center is also one of the biggest in Europe, spanning 18,000 square meters of the Fira de Montjuïc, and dedicated to running, triathlons, and trails.
- Breakfast Run: Free 4km race (2.4 miles) on Saturday, held to commemorate the final kilometers of the marathon run during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
The race will be followed by a breakfast for all pre-registered participants.
- Pasta Party: energy and humanity. This event will take place in the Expo Sports arena, where free and unlimited plates of pasta will be served to all runners registered in the marathon.
The race will commence at 8:30 am from Barcelona’s Avenida María Cristina. Scattered along its 42-km trek, there will be 41 event stations, with a variety of fun activities and musical performances for runners and spectators alike. The first runner to cross the finish line will arrive at around 10:40 am, at the same place the race began.
The course passes through some of the city’s most emblematic sites, including the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Camp Nou, the Paseo de Gracia, the Sagrada Familia, the Forum, and the Gothic Neighborhood.
In addition, ASICS, one of the leading companies in innovating sustainable sporting goods, has opted to sponsor the Barcelona Marathon yet again, and so all jerseys used in the race will be made of 100% recycled polyester.