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The interesting urban route, offering a chance to take in the main tourist attractions in the city, and Barcelona’s mild climate make this marathon one of the most attractive in Europe. Apart from the main event, the city also organized a weekend of sport and athletics with activities for all sectors of the public.
On 10 and 11 March the Expo Sports fair was held in hall 8 at the Montjuïc trade fair site. The event is one of the most important fairs in Europe for athletics, mountain events and triathlons. Nearly 200 exhibitors were participating and entry to the fair is free. On Saturday, 11 March, young children were able to take part in the Kids Race in Av. Reina Maria Cristina. Older participants were able to warm up for the main race with the Breakfast Run. The 4 km run follows the route for the final section of the marathon in the Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992. On Saturday, Expo Sports was the scene for the Pasta Party, where pasta dishes were served to people running the marathon the next day.
As running becomes increasingly popular with millions of people around the world, the numbers coming to take part in Barcelona‘s marathon grows each year. In 2016, it had over 20,000 registered runners and almost 17,000 finishers; it’s now the fourth largest marathon in Europe after Berlin, London and Paris. Doubtless part of the appeal is the idea of running a 42.2km route around one of the continent’s most aesthetically pleasing cities. The number of globally recognized landmarks passed by participants, such as the Sagrada Família and Camp Nou, as well as noteworthy vistas including the seafront, historic port and Ciutadella Park, make this a one-of-a-kind sporting event.
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