Zurich Marató de BarcelonaMain events 2017, Sports
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 recognised 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.
But that's not all. The Barcelona marathon is much more, with entertainment for the crowds, a Breakfast Run the day before the race, which takes in the final 4km from the marathon route when the Catalan capital hosted the 1992 Olympic Games, and Expo Sports, with numerous stands related to distance running.
"You can't beat a 42 km run past some of Barcelona's iconic landmarks. The day before you can also enjoy the Breakfast Run and complete the last 4 km of the route of the 1992 Olympic Games."
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