The event notches up its 40th edition and keeps the same circuit which has worked in recent editions, taking in the city’s main tourist attractions. The route stays entirely within the city and sees elite athletes taking part, including last year’s surprise winner, Jonah Kipkemoi.
Four athletes who took part in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 will also be running in this year’s event: the rower Natàlia Via-Dufresne, the walker Jesús Ángel García Bragado, the basketball player Tomàs Jofresa and the water polo player Dani Ballart.
The course signals a weekend where sport and athletics take centre stage, with acts programmed for all sectors of the public.
The Expo Sports fair is being held in hall 8 of the Montjuïc trade fair venue on 9 and 10 March. This is one of Europe’s most important fairs for athletics, mountain running and triathlons. Admission is free and nearly two hundred exhibitors will be taking part.
On 10 March young children have the chance to take part in the Kids Race being held in Av. Reina Maria Cristina, while adults can gear up for the main event by taking part in the Breakfast Run. This 4 km event retraces the final section of the marathon route from the Barcelona Olympic Games.
On the same Saturday, the Expo Sports fair will be holding the Pasta Party, serving pasta dishes to runners taking part in the marathon the following day.