The Barcelona Marathon: ready, steady, GO!

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If it's a big physical challenge you're looking for, why not sign up for the next Barcelona Marathon?

Barcelona marathon
Where?

metro: Espanya (L1 L3)
Plaça Espanya

When?

11th March 2018

How much?

from 61.5 euros

Why?

to make like an Olympian

The 40th edition of the Barcelona Marathon will be held on 11th March 2018. Over 20,000 runners are expected to take part, with around half coming from outside Spain to participate. Could you be one of them?

  • A great way of training for the marathon is to do the Barcelona Semi-Marathon first, held in February every year. Click here for more information.

A spectacular route

The marathon route starts in Plaça Espanya before heading off towards the stadium at Camp Nou, Avigunda Diagonal, Passeig de Gràcia, Sagrada Familia, the Agbar Tower, the Forum, Plaça Sant Jaume les Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya, Via Laietana and Plaça Colón, before returning to the starting point at Plaça Espanya.

The totally flat route stays within the city, taking runners past all of Barcelona’s most emblematic sights – which are very helpful in letting you know how far you’ve come and how much further you have to go!

Sign up for the Barcelona Marathon

Cost

If you decide to take the plunge, it’s best to sign up quickly – the longer you wait, the more it will cost you.

  • €61.50 for the first 10,000 participants
  • €73 for numbers 10,001 – 17,000
  • €84 otherwise

How to sign up

Sign up using the online form on the official marathon website.

Registration is open until 5th March 2018. If you miss the deadline, you’ll just have to wait until next year!

Events and activities

A number of bonus activities are on offer for all marathon participants.

Breakfast Run

The Breakfast Run, a free 4km event, will take place on Saturday 10th March 2018 at 9.30 am. Starting from Plaça Marqués de Foronda, it covers the last section of the course used at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

  • Only 2000 places are available, so try to arrive early! Registration for the Breakfast Run will be held at Expo Sport (Fira Barcelona, hall 8) on 9th March, from 10am to 8pm.

Participants will be rewarded with a free meal after the event.

Prefer a calmer training session? Try a run along the Carretera de les Aigües, a mountain trail which offers suberb views over the city.

Pasta party

After the Breakfast Run comes the Pasta Party! The day before the marathon, 10th March, from noon til 4pm, participants are invited to meet some of the other runners from a spot of collective carb-loading. The Pasta Party is held at Expo Sport.

Each runner is allowed to bring a friend, who will also be served.

On the day: practical information

Collecting your number

Numbers can be collected on 9th and 10th March 2018 from 10am to 8pm at Expo Sport, Fira Barcelona hall 8. You’ll need to present confirmation of your registration along with an ID card or passport. Don’t forget to collect your number during the assigned period, or you won’t be able to participate.

Cloakroom

A cloakroom will be available from 6.30am on the day of the race in Fira Barcelona italian hall.

Start and finish times

The marathon starts at 8.30am. The first runners are expected to get in at around 10.40, with a maximum authorised race time of 6 hours.

Ready? Steady? Book!

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?