Barcelona Marathon started as the Catalunya Marathon in 1978, and was renamed in 2005. The event will be held on March 7th, 2010.
The route, which changes every year, leads runners past many of the city’s historical landmarks. This magnificent Mediterranean city has a history that goes back to the Roman Empire and was home to the world-famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi is the originator of numerous spectacular buildings in his native city. The marathon course leads runners past several of his works such as La Pedrera and Familia Sagrada church. The marathon starts and finishes below the green hills of Montjuïc Park.
The course is advertised to be flat, but it contains some long inclines. The hilly parts are mostly situated in the beginning of the route, but the scenery makes up for the relative toughness of this part of the course.
The number of entrants is increasing rapidly each year. Usually, almost half of the marathoners are visitors from abroad. For more information about the race and how to register, check the Barcelona marathon website.
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