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(English) Five Unmissable Open-Entry Races in Barcelona

By | 15 March, 2018 | 0 comments

Races in Barcelona: one of the most popular cities for runners, an activity that’s winning over more and more fans with each passing year. The city’s sea-level altitude and huge variety of options for runners make Barcelona the perfect city to enjoy a run.

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All throughout the year, there are lots of racing events open to the public taking place across the city. Here, we’ll tell you about the five unmissable events of 2017, so all you need to do is sign up, enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and make the most of the joy of taking part in one of the most on‑trend sports in Barcelona.

Cursa de Bombers

A race that has already taken place 19 times before, organised by Barcelona’s fire brigade. Part of the Challenge BCN 10K, Barcelona’s own 10k runners’ league, step up to the challenge of taking part in one of these fantastic league races. There are no steep slopes on this medium-difficulty run.

Cursa de la Mercè

One of the races with the highest number of runners in all of Barcelona, this route brings together more than 12,000 participants. The 10k course follows the city’s wide streets and broad avenues, especially at the beginning, so the high number of runners won’t affect your progress. The race is organised to a very high standard and the proceeds from registration fees go directly towards the city’s charitable projects.

Cursa de la Dona

This women’s race is the biggest female sporting event in Europe. The race takes place in 8 cities across Spain, with Barcelona being the last stop on the programme. Solidarity and a desire to have fun are a must for enjoying this popular race. Anyone can take part in this low‑difficulty 8k race, where you won’t encounter any nasty hills along the way.

Jean Bouin

Known as the oldest race in Spain, it first took place way back in 1920. It’s a fun run that welcomes runners of all ages, from school children to retirees, on a route that takes in the beauty of the city. It is divided into two races, a 5k and a 10k, both with a flat circuit without any technical difficulties.

Cursa dels Nassos

A race organised by Barcelona City Council, it is regarded as a second San Silvestre, after the ever-popular San Silvestre Vallecana. This race is supported and developed by the Agrupació Atlètica Catalunya, bringing 10,000 runners together on 31st December for the wonderful 10k event. Don’t be surprised to see plenty of runners in fancy dress as they kick off the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Now that you know all about the fantastic open-entry races you can’t afford to miss in Barcelona, we hope you’ll consider combining running and sightseeing the next time you’re here, where you can stay at one of our hotels in the heart of Barcelona.

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