Runs, Marnaton, Triathlon, Ironman… Dates of sporting events in Barcelona

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Barcelona plays host to sporting events all year round. On your marks... get set... pick your event!

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Barcelona isn’t only a party city, it’s also a major location for sporting events. A whole range of competitions are organised throughout the year. Read on for an overview of what’s on offer in Barcelona.

Marathon and Half-marathon

The Marathon is an iconic run, covering just over 26.2 miles.

If you don’t know why the marathon is the length it is, let us enlighten you! Legend says that Philippidès, a Greek messenger, ran from the city of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC. Bursting into the assembly, the messenger delivered the news, before collapsing and dying. The distance between the two cities was 26.219 miles, or around 42 km.

More and more amateur runners are taking the marathon challenge. If you don’t feel up to going the full distance, there’s also the half-marathon option, just over 13 miles or 21.097km.

  • The Marathon (Zurich marató)
    • Distance: 26.219 miles/42.195 km.
    • When? 11th March 2018
    • How much? from €61.5
    • Sign up: click here
  • The Half Marathon (edreams mitjà marató )
    • Distance: 13.108 miles/21.097 km.
    • When? 11th February 2018
    • How much? from €24.95
    • Sign up: click here.
  • In Catalonia, the name of the biggest sponsor has to feature in the name of the event.

The Color Run: run the rainbow!

The Color Run Barcelone

The Color Run is a totally unique experience. The aim here isn’t so much to win as to have some serious, colourful fun!

  • Distance: 5 km
  • When? 19 November 2017
  • How much? from €20, or free, depending on the event
  • Sign up: click here

The Marnaton: swim, swim like a fish!

clown fish This competition is held in water. The aim of the marnaton is to swim as fast as possible over a distance fixed by the organisers (2km, or a 4 x 500m relay).

  • Distance: around 2km
  • When? 5th May 2018
  • How much? 
    • around €30 for adults
    • around €10 for children
  • Sign up: Registration is not yet open for 2018.

The triathlon: mixed disciplines

Can’t choose between swimming, cycling and running? The triathlon might be for you! There are three categories: olympic distance, Sprint or Super Sprint, each covering different distances.

  • You’ll need to provide your own bike for the second stage.
  • Distance:
    • Olympic distance: Swim 1500 m – Cycle 40 km – Run 10 km
    • Sprint: Swim 750 m – Cycle 20 km – Run 5 km
    • Super Sprint: Swim 400 m – Cycle 10 km – Run 2.5 km
  • When? 7 October 2018
  • How much? from €33 (in 2017)
  • Sign up: click here

Ironman: Triathlon plus!

Ironman Barcelona

Triathlon not hard enough for you? The Ironman also combines swimming, cycling and running. As with the marathon, there’s also an “intermediate” version, Ironman 70.3 (the distance in miles).

  • Ironman:
    • Distance: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, then a marathon (26.2 miles)
    • When? 7th October 2018
  • Ironman 70.3 (intermediate):
    • Distance: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, then a half-marathon (13.1 miles)
    • When? 20th May 2018
    • How much? from €250
    • Sign up: click here.

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Marianne, "the sporty one", joined our group for a brief but fun-packed two-month stint. Taking a break from her studies in France, she came to Barcelona to help others find out about her favourite spots. Her favourite part of the experience? Visiting new and original places every day and getting right to the heart of Catalan culture.