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Zurich Marathon Barcelona

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Tradition for sports

The origin of the Zurich Marathon of Barcelona really comes as the continuity of two smalls marathons made in the years 1978 and 1979 in the town of Palafrugell. These first two races and the first edition of the Barcelona Marathon were born as an initiative of the popular athletic pioneer and chemist of prestige Ramon Oliu, who returned to Barcelona after spending a long season in the United States where he was already accustomed to running marathons. He ran in New York, and was surprised that the few races that held in Barcelona were not easily accessible for everyone who wanted to participate.

Oliu then decided to organize a popular marathon on his own and it was in 1980 that the Barcelona Marathon celebrated its first edition. The avenue of María Cristina was the starting line, the same place from where the runners currently depart. Curiously, in the moment of the spectacular departure of the runners, then City Mayor Narcís Serra and Deputy Mayor Pascual Maragall had the idea of requesting an Olympic Games for Barcelona and from that moment, it began the work for the project Barcelona 92. Therefore, in a way the Marathon of Barcelona of 1980 set the precedent to receive the famous Olympic Games of the year 1992, this is why this year is part of the agenda of commemorative activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Barcelona 92.


This year is celebrated its 39th edition on March 12 at 8:30 am leaving from Av. Maria Cristina. The route passes through known areas of the city such as Plaza España, Camp Nou, Diagonal, Paseo de Gracia, l’Eixample and the Ronda Litoral to finish also in Av. María Cristina; Will have a time limit of 6 hours to complete the circuit and it will have different supplies so that the participants can recover a little of the exercise. In addition, this year the Barcelona Marathon plans to implement measures to minimize the impact of sports activity on the environment and collaborates with the crowdfounding and solidarity platform migranodearena.org so that the athletes can collaborate with some of 1,500 NGOs and non-profit organizations found on this website. It is an activity open to all the public whose registration they can do easy and quick on the official website of the event.

From our hotel in Paseo de Gracia we invite you to enjoy this wonderful sporting event that has become a precedent of athletics in our Olympic city.