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For the fifth year running, the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya welcomes many top international rally drivers to the FIA World RX of Catalunya, which is also the inaugural event of the 2019 Rallycross World Championship. Among those taking part are such star names as Sébastien Loeb, Petter Solberg and Matthias Ekström as well as Johan Kristoffersson and Oliver Bennet – don't miss your chance to see them and numerous other experts behind the wheel compete in these spectacular compact vehicles that are fitted with 600-HP engines.
The FIA World RX of Catalunya is also part of the Horse Power Festival, which means that as well as being able to watch a series of exciting races, spectactors can make the most of a wide range of activities related to motor sports and cars for all ages during the whole weekend.
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. It's now the fourth largest marathon in Europe after Berlin, London and Paris, with over 17,000 people signing up. 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 that includes concerts, traditional Catalan culture and different local drumming groups, a four-kilometre Breakfast Run the day before the race, a Kids Race, and Expo Sports, a fair focused on outdoor sports that has numerous stands from major sporting companies.
Another big Barcelona sporting weekend arrives as the MotoGP World Championship returns with the Monster Energy Catalonia Grand Prix. There's always a lot of local interest for this event, thanks to Catalonia's tradition of producing world-class motorbike drivers such as Marc Márquez (last year's overall world champion), Dani Pedrosa and Pol Espargaró, while other Spanish stars include Jorge Lorenzo. This race was added to the championship schedule in 1991 although there was already a Spanish MotoGP event because of the level of local success in the sport.
It's run over 25 laps and the popular Italian driver Valentino Rossi says it's one of his favourite tracks. Indeed Rossi has won it six times since 2001, with Australian Casey Stoner - winner in 2007 and 2011 - and the italian Andrea Dovizioso are the only riders who challenge the Spaniards' hegemony over this course. Last year champion was Jorge Lorenzo.
So join the excited crowd and see who will be the champion of this particular crown.
Those loud engines are getting ready to rev once more at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Over three days in May, Barcelona hosts the fifth event, and the first in Europe, of this year's F1 Championship Season, the Spanish Grand Prix.
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest dates on Barcelona's sporting calendar, and an amazing opportunity to see the celebrated drivers and teams taking part in one of the most thrilling sports in the world. This circuit is regularly used as a test venue meaning that many of those participating are very familiar with its straights and curves, and feel right at home on its 4.66km.
Current World Champion Lewis Hamilton won on this course last year, his third victory on the Barcelona circuit, and he will joins drivers like Alain Prost and Jackie Stewart with a third chequered flag.
The European Balloon Festival in Igualada is the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in Spain and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days the first fortnight of July. It's a meeting point, a competition and a festival in one, with more than 50 balloons taking to the air. Competitive flights take place early in the morning and at dusk, when conditions are ideal, and if you want a taste of the high life, balloon rides can be booked in advance. Fly among a mass of Balloons from several counties of the world.
But there's plenty to enjoy from ground level, whether it's the different skill challenges in the competition, live music, kids' activities and workshops, or the magical Night Glow event, in which balloons are fired up but don't take off, glowing like lanterns and accompanied by a fireworks display.
There have now been 21 editions of this race which has become one of the most famous and prestigious in Spain in the popular 10km category. Full of excitement and featuring live shows, this race begins on the Marqués de l'Argentera Avenue and is designed for all types of runners, as it features five difficulty levels that are accessible for the occasional runner as well as for more experienced runners.
Spain's oldest athletics competition, the Jean Bouin, is back once again, for its 96th edition. This race has attracted large numbers of people for decades and has firmly established itself as part of the city's sporting culture. This open competition brings together more than 2000 children and over 11000 people taking part, all of whom value daily training, a sense of achievement and reaching personal goals.
Sport is also celebrated over Christmas with the popular “Cursa dels Nassos” (The Nose Race) which is held on the last day of the year and covers 10 km of the city. This race forms part of the Challenge 10K and the Championship League races and is organized by the Barcelona City Council. It has become one of the most famous races in the city and last year broke records with a huge number of people completing it in less than 30 minutes.
With the opening of the first and unique brand store in Barcelona, the French brand, Salomon, is holding a grand opening on 7th November in Rambla de Catalunya no. 54. From this date, visitors and customers of the store will be able to enjoy the #PlayBarcelona experience, in which they are invited to meet athletes and brand ambassadors, along with workshops and activities. A whole “Time to play” philosophy, so that sports and open-air activity enthusiasts have a meeting place in the heart of the city. After opening stores in Andorra and Madrid, this is the third, unique store of Salomon in the Iberian peninsula. Salomon specializes in footwear and winter, mountaiin and trekking equipment.
Barcelona has become the first major European city with its own Olympics museum, the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport. The museum is located on Montjuïc hill, and offers a unique experience of the Olympic movement and sport. The city's passion to sports reached its pinnacle with 1992 Barcelona's Olympics.
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