Zurich Marató Barcelona
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There’s no two ways about it – running is popular in Barcelona these days. It seems as though not a weekend goes by here without a big run or power walk taking place. But the Zurich Barcelona Marathon is the daddy of them all; increasingly attracting runners from abroad, it has taken its place in the list of the world’s most popular 42km challenges. The route zig-zags its way across town and, for those not concerned about breaking their PB, offers a checklist of the city’s main landmarks, including the Camp Nou, the Arc de Triomf and a selection of Gaudí creations. In an effort to make this an inclusive sporting event, there are numerous entertainment points along the way, including music and dance performances. If you haven’t yet signed up for this alternative tour of Barcelona, here’s your chance – 14,200 runners took part in 2014, but the organisers say that numbers could go above 17,000 this year.