The running tradition is well-known in Barcelona as this activity ranks top on a national level for all the participants. Even at an international level, Barcelona's reputation as one of the sportiest cities is well-known, valuing aspects such as the celebration of important sporting events including athletic races which are available for those who love practicing all kinds of sports.
One of the most emblematic running events in Barcelona, the Zurich Marató, is about to celebrate a new edition. At 08:30 in the morning on Sunday, March 12th, more than 20,000 participants will begin to race through the 42 kilometre tracks and 195 metres that make up the test, with the aim of reaching the finishing line.
Just like in previous years, the 39th edition of Zurich Mataró will have its finishing line in Reina María Cristina Avenue. The participants will have the opportunity to take a splendid tour around the city and enjoy some of the most emblematic places along the way.
In this edition, Zurich Mataró will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. For this test, the event will be attended by the six Olympic male and female marathon medalists who took part in the games at that time.
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At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the men's medals were won by the North Korean athlete, Young-Cho Hwang (gold), Japanese Koichi Morishita (silver) and German Stephen Freigang (bronze). In the women's race, gold was won by Valentina Yegurova from the so-called Unified Team, silver by Japan's Yuko Arimori and bronze by Lorraine Moller from New Zealand. At the 2017 Zurich Mataró, all of these medalists will compete on Saturday in the traditional Breakfast Run, which commemorates the last four kilometres of that legendary race.
To achieve goals, the 39th edition of the Zurich Marató has the objective of trying to beat both the men's test record, which dates from 2010, and the women's test record, dating from 2012. In view of this objective, the test will have 30 Elite athletes from the African continent and a series of "hares" to accelerate the race.
For the first time in the history of the test, half of the enrolled runners are foreigners, with an increase in female participation, which has now risen from 18 per cent to 20 per cent.
For participants with more modest pretensions, the Zurich Marató has some additional incentives in the Pavilion 8 of Fira de Barcelona, where they can take a photo with the background of their choice and attend an exhibition about the history of this marathon.