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23 de June de 2021

The Zurich Marató Barcelona is back

This year, if you run, you have already won

  • The Zurich Marató Barcelona opens registrations for the edition 2021, to take place next November 7.
  • The organization presents the main points of this edition to make it the best in history.

The Zurich Marató Barcelona 2021 faces the last 5 previous months to its celebration with optimism and with the desire to recover the sporting and festive character that characterises it. To this end, registrations open today for those runners who want to take part next November 7.

On March 14, 2020, everything stopped. The Zurich Marató Barcelona had to be postponed due to Covid and months of training and thousands of dreams vanished. At that moment, a very different race started; the one that would test the capacity of flight, resilience and sacrifice of the human being.

More than one year later starts the countdown to celebrate one of the most special editions in history. The Zurich Marató Barcelona returns with more strength, enthusiasm and excitement than ever next November 7. And it returns with several novelties that will be noticeable since the moment in which the participant registers.

New image, new marathon

To begin, a new website and a new image inspired by the emblematic design of Pla Cerdà, main protagonists of the graphic language of the race, which, now more than ever, will be unified with the marathon. The Zurich Marató Barcelona shows an exclusive typography that intends to capture the character of a race that has, in its 100% urban route and that passes through the main tourist points of the city, one of the strong points of the race. This way, Barcelona has the priority as main source of inspiration.

2021 novelties

The organisation has specially worked in three basis areas: attention to the runner, staging and sustainable measures. Participants are the more important for the organization, which has always tried that they live in Barcelona a magical experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The services to the runners, from the collection of the bib number at the Expo Sports, the previous atmosphere to the start, the numerous water station points every 2,5km from Km. 5 onwards or the animations along the route, are essential factors.

Likewise, the next edition will have a new staging that aims to give participants the epic feeling of a race at the level of a marathon. The start and finish point of the race, in the Avenue María Cristina, will have some novelties that will, undoubtedly, excite participants even more, combining the practical immediacy of new technologies with the particular experience of each participant.

One of the priority objectives of the Zurich Marató Barcelona is to minimize the impact that the race may have on the environment. With the main purpose of turning the great sporting event into an act of respect towards the city, its citizens and environment, specific actions will be carried out to make a sustainable race. Measures such the t-shirts of the participants, made with 100% recycled polyester, the disappearance of plastic in the water station points, several containers to recycle that will be distributed at key points along the route, the use of electric cars to support the race or the commitment to the carbon footprint, are the best proof of this.

COVID Measures

The organization will focus on the security of runners by taking all the necessary measures to protect their health. The positive evolution of the vaccination campaign and the decrease in the impact of coronavirus in society suggest that the Zurich Marató Barcelona will return to be into one of the most popular and festive sporting events of the city. The race will be adapted to the measures established by the Health Authorities at that moment.

David Escudé: Sports Councillor of Barcelona’s City Hall sais: “We open inscriptions to take part in one of the most magical experiences you can have in the city of Barcelona: running the Zurich Marató Barcelona. After the cancellation of the 2020 edition, Barcelona will return to be a world reference in running next November 7, and we will take a step towards the recovery of the sporting normality in the city”.

Juan Porcar, Chairman of RPM-MKTG sais: “The Zurich Marató Barcelona continues to evolve. After all the anguish that Covid 19 has caused in our society, we start full of enthusiasm and ideas that will transform the next edition into a party of emotions and experiences. Moreover, we desire that the Zurich Marató Barcelona of this year 2021 will be a great tribute to all the people who have suffered so much due to the pandemic. And also to all those professionals and volunteers who have helped us in this tragedy with their huge effort and sacrifice”.

Zurich Marató Barcelona awaits the arrival of the runners next month of November. The objective is clear: to return to provide participants with a magical experience along the 42 km of route. A circuit with its own character and identity, result of the legacy of a city admired all over the world for its diversity, gastronomy and cosmopolitan culture. An opportunity to run in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

And this year, if you run, you have already won!

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