After the marathons of Berlin, Paris and London, Barcelona is the 4th more popular marathon in Europe nowadays with its more than 20.000 participants.
There are several the factors that favor this privileged position of the Barcelonian marathon, but specially the quality of the services to the runner, a monumental route that passes through the main tourist attractions of the city, the parallel activities that are organized during the whole weekend or the festive atmosphere of the streets the day of the race.
With the pass of the years, the Zurich Marató de Barcelona has followed as ascending line of participation, reaching the 20.000 participants in 2016 for the first time. Last March this number was surpassed again with participants from 87 different nationalities and 50% of foreigners. To this record it was added, moreover, the record of feminine participation, with more than 4.000 women (representing 20% of the total of participants)
At the same time, the neuralgic center the prior days to the marathon, the Expo Sports, the fair of outdoor sports of reference in South Europe, with more than 150 booths dedicated to the world of Trail, running and triathlon, offers to the runners and visitors the possibility of knowing the last innovations of the sector. A space of more than 18.000 square meters, which includes moreover a polyvalent zone with playful activities during the weekend, with the purpose of dynamiting the fair thanks to the program of conferences related to the world of the sport, presentations of products in exclusive or a children zone.
The services to the runner have been one of the priorities of the organization. This way, the race has several water station points or more than one animation point per kilometer, with music groups that encourage to the runners and entertain the wait of the citizens.
To all this, it must be added the attraction of Barcelona as an exceptional tourist city, having a very good gastronomy and a fantastic climate during the whole year, with an extended cultural offer for the entire family.
In addition, the Zurich Marató de Barcelona stands out for its solidary versant. Last edition it managed to collectmore than 86.000€. A set of factors that make of the Zurich Marató de Barcelona, the most popular marathon in Spain and the 4th one in Europe, thanks to its more than 16.000 finishers in the last edition of the race.
Next 11thof March 2018, Barcelona will return to join thousands of runners to take part in the 40th edition of the Marathon of Barcelona.