The Zurich Marató de Barcelona or Zurich Barcelona Marathon takes place once a year in the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It takes place every March and is distance of 42.195 km and the next edition will take place on March 16th 2014.
It began in 1978 as the Catalunya Marathon but the name was changed in 2005 to the one it is now. In 2010 the race was won by Jackson Kipkoech Kotut from Kenya. It was the fastest marathon run ever in Spain at 2:07:30 hours. That year over 10,000 participants had entered every event.
The race finished at Plaza Espanya at the base of Montjuic which is loacated in the Sants-Montjuic area across from the bullfighting arena. The races passes by Camp Nou then reverts back to Plaza Espanya, then it moves onto Sagrada Familia in the northeast near the beach. It goes around where the old part of the city is, to the shore then all they way back to Plaza Espanya where it started. The route has many straights separated by sharp angled turns.
One of things that has to be dealt with when it comes to the Barcelona Marathon is the issue of where to rent a flat in Barcelona. Many of the athletes need somewhere to stay and end up looking online for Barcelona vacation rentals.
Although, the runners come from all over the world, many of them organise in advance to rent a flat in Barcelona together. This is a great thing in the way of sportsmanship and building camaraderies with their competitors.
Many of the athletes competing go to ShBarcelona to have a quick and easy time finding a place rather than searching for agency signs saying, “rent apartment in Barcelona.”
The marathon brings in thousands of non-competing tourists to Barcelona and where to have them all is just as much of a factor. The Barcelona Marathon has been one of the Catalunya’s greatest traditions. It’s an event nearly 40 years in the making and hopefully will continue for another 40 years to come.