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Saturday 20 September 2014

Ever wanted to... try the Mitja Marato de Barcelona?

Published 18/08/2014 | 00:00

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The half-marathon is getting closer

The Mitja Marato de Barcelona is a half-marathon that is held in the city every February/March, and is the next largest and most popular running event in the city, second only to the Barcelona Marathon.

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This event offers participants the opportunity to run through the heart of the city of Barcelona, famous for its architecture, with a vast array of tourist attractions and things to see and do.

Running enthusiasts from the four corners of the globe flood to the famous Catalan city every year to take part in this popular race.

Racers and runners of all ability levels and ages, from beginners to professionals, are attracted to this enjoyable event, which has a friendly yet competitive atmosphere.

There are five male and female age-categories to enter: those born in '92-'93 who have already turned 16; those born between '89-'91; those born between '76 and '88; those born between '61 and '75; and last but not least, those born in 1960 or earlier.

It is also worth mentioning that the half-marathon has a category for wheelchair athletes, and that this category has been growing in numbers over the past four events.

This is a particularly attractive event for those with an interest in running as their form of fitness and those with an appreciation for different cultures and heritage.

Unfortunately, due to the time of year the race takes place, there won't be 'beach weather', as the city is situated on the Mediterranean. However, on the other hand, the lower temperatures of this time of year allow for a more comfortable racing experience, and no need for acclimatisation, which may be the case if it were held in the height of summer.

Race entrants are expected to pick up their bags containing their chips and race numbers on the Thursday or Friday before the race, while there will be changing rooms available to race participants between 7am and 12 noon on the day of the race in the Municipal Sports Centre Estacio del Nord.

Places are limited for this race, so the earlier you book, the greater chance you have of ensuring you get a place.

High

Running through one of the most attractive cities in

the world.

Lows

Chance of poor weather at this time of year.

Date

February 15, 2015

Course

The race route takes participants through the streets of Barcelona. The route is 21km in length and takes racers from the Arc de Triomf by the old town to the Plaça Catalunya.

From here, racers venture down the renowned Ramblas and along Avenida del Parallel. From here, the route follows into the modernist Eixample district, before returning to the Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella, further along the eastern side of the Eixample district to the Torre Agbar, which is a big tourist attraction due to the striking nature of the building.

The course then takes runners along the Diagonal before the fòrum, and along the beach again at the Parc de la Ciutadella, towards the Arc de Triomf, where the finish line is located.

How to get there

Return flights from Dublin for a week's stay next February currently sit at the €155 mark.

Where to stay?

Accommodation is always plentiful in Barcelona as it is one of the major tourist cities.

There is an abundant types of really good accommodations to choose from to match every budget.

Contact

Web: www.mitjabarcelona.com. Phone: 902 431 763

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