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Monday, 23 November 2009

Run, Barcelona, run

Want an original, and healthy, way to see Barcelona? Why not run through it. Throughout the year the city organizes a series of sporting foot races which go by the city´s major tourist places. Here are a few of those races:

The Jean Bouin is now a time-honuored Barcelonatradition; it has been going on since 1920. The main circuit goes through the iconic Montjuic, Ciutat Vella (Old Town), and the Paseo Martímo (The Maritime Passage). But don´t even think about this one unless you are in great shape. There are various other categories and circuits (some as short as one kilometre). The Jean Bouin takes place on November 29 from 9:00 to 3:00 hrs. Enrolment is open until November 24.

The Nassos-San Silvestre race is an original way to usher out the old year. This New Year´s Eve the tenth edition will take place which, unlike our other races, is basically flat and takes place near the sea. Although they say the most important thing is playing the game, winning this one isn´t all that bad since the grand prize is 1,000 Euros and the second place is 600 Euros. Everyone above the age of sixteen, both men and women, are welcome to participate.

The Barcelona Marathon is coming up, but you still have time to start training for this 45-kilometer race which is getting more and more popular every year. The next rendition will take place on March 7 at 8:30 in the morning. The starting point is the Plaza España, the finish line is in Monjuic. Along the way runners see the Camp Nou (the soccer stadium), Gaudi´s La Pedrera and la Sagrada Familia, the Agbar Tower, Plaza Catalunya, and the Ramblas among other architectural icons. You can sign up for 45 Euros before December 20, 55 Euros before December 31, and 65 Euros before February 21 when enrolment ends. You can do it all on-line.

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