This year the Barcelona marathon, which took place on March 12th and was the 39th edition of the race, also marked the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, which was an important landmark in Barcelona’s modern reinvention of itself as a leading tourist destination and emblematic post-industrial city.
The Barcelona marathon is a true city run. The start line is just off the central Placa D’Espanya, with a backdrop of the Font Magica ornamental fountain, and beyond that, Montjuic hill. From Placa D’Espanya, the route charts a clockwise circuit that passes many of the city’s sights, including FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium; Passeig de Gracia, an upmarket shopping street; the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s most famous work; the seafront; and the Gothic Quarter of the Old City. Most of the route is on wide boulevards, and is largely flat, with a few moderate gradients.
To see how our two athletes got on, on the day check out the full results can be found here