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Barcelona...it’s a Marathon not a sprint...

The Barcelona Marathon has been gaining in popularity over the last few years and, although not quite up there with London and New York, is increasingly being seen as a world event with foreign entries almost equal to Spanish nationals in 2009.  And if you can take your mind off the aching legs and sore nipples for more than a few minutes it’s not hard to see why, as the route takes you through all the best bits of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Marató de Barcelona takes place on March 7th 2010 and starts with a jog up towards Plaça Espanya and takes runners on a quick loop including the Nou Camp stadium before heading east along Gran Via and onwards past La Sagrada Familia.  The route then heads south towards the sea and comes back into the centre via Parc de la Ciutadella, Plaça Catalunya and La Rambla before a last dash for the finish line back where it all began 26 miles and 385 yards ago!

Those up for the challenge can register at Barcelona Marathon for a cost of €45 which not only includes the most exhausting days sightseeing of your life but the pre-race pasta party held on the evening before the race.

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