Marathons and Running Events in Spain 2019

In the last few years, running has experienced a huge boom in popularity due to the recent fitness zeitgeist which has taken over social media and much of popular culture.
Marathons, half marathons, races and obstacle courses of all types are popping up all over the world and more and more people are taking part. Spain is swiftly following suit and has some great international scale events across both the mainland and the islands.    
Most of these races pass through Spain’s breathtaking natural landscapes, which, paired with the temperate climate of the winter, spring and autumn months, make this environment perfect for running.
Would you like to join in? Stay in Spain and discover the best marathons and races of 2019.  
 Valencia Marathon

1. EDP Bilbao Night Marathon 2019

In October, the eleventh edition of the EDP Bilbao Night Marathon will take place. Participators can test their skills across the huge spread of the city and at the same time, see it’s most prominent landmarks. In 2018 the number of attendance numbers was at an all-time high with at total of runners of close to 12,000 from 54 different countries.   
The EDP Bilbao Night Marathon is part of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation’s (RFEA) official calendar and as it’s the biggest marathon to be held at night, the finish is particularly spectacular with celebrations and a firework display.
Bilbao Night Marathon
The Bilbao night marathon offers runners three different difficulty levels: the full marathon, the half marathon and a 10km race called the “Pirate Race” which is aimed at the general public. The run offers competitors of all levels the chance to discover a new and unique perspective of the city. 

2. Menorca Cami de Cavalls Epic 360º Trail  

On the 8th, 9th and 10th of March, the Menorca Epic 360º Trail returns, a 157km team event divided into three stages. Each stage of the race passes through a different stretch of both coastal and inland Menorca, allowing runners to enjoy the beauty and variety of the natural landscapes on this island.
On the 17th of May, the Compressport Menorca Camí de Cavalls Trail begins and is one of the longest and hardest races in Europe. Runners can test their abilities as well as their limits whilst traversing the coast of this beautiful Mediterranean island. Along its 185km runners will pass paradisaical beaches, beautiful panoramas and incredible ravines.
Menorca Camí de Cavals Trail
The starting gate is located in the Plaça dels Pins, Ciutadella and the race is split into two different start times, one at 8:30am and another at 2:30pm. For runners beginning at 8:30am, the allowed race time is 40 hours, while runners leaving at 2:30pm will have 34 hours to finish.
Menorca Cami de Cavals Trail

3. Canarias InfinityXtreme 2019

In July, the InfinityXtreme race takes place in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife and is one of the hardest sporting events in the Canary Islands. The event consists of two tough obstacle course style races and is reserved only for the strong and the brave.
This race consists of two difficulty levels: the InfinityXtreme Sprint, which requires runners to complete one lap of a 5km obstacle course in less than an hour and the InfinityXtreme Radical, where runners complete two laps of the same circuit (10km in total) in two hours or less. 
There is space for a maximum of 550 participators in each race so if you’d like to take part, it’s important to register as soon as possible. Due to the international popularity of this race, there’s also an additional programme of activities which attracts a huge audience.  
InfinityXtreme Tenerife

4. The Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Marathon

The Valencia Marathon first took place in 1981 and has been held every year without fail since then. The mainly flat route and mild December temperatures create optimum running conditions and make this race extremely popular with runners of all abilities. 
Both the starting and finishing gates of the marathon are located in the spectacular City of Arts and Sciences, undoubtedly a unique location to enjoy the race and all the activities that are organised for the occasion. The last few metres of the race pass over the footbridge which crosses the outside pools and is a pleasant way for tired runners to end the race. 
Valencia Marathon

5. Ibiza Full and Half Marathons

On the 6th of April 2019, the third edition of the Ibiza marathon will be held. The race will begin in the afternoon, in the city of Ibiza and will pass through some of the most interesting locations on the island, until it reaches its end point in Santa Eularia des Riu.
It’s expected that around 3000 runners from multiple nationalities will participate, attracted by the optimal island conditions and environment. In order to cater to a wider audience, there will also be a sports fair called Touribisport and a shorter-distance race going on at the same time.  
The Ibiza 12k will be held on the same day of the full marathon, starting and ending in the town of Eularia des Riu. Registration is already open for both races. 
On the 28th of April 2019 the Ibiza half marathon will be held starting inland in San Jose with the finish by the coast in the city of Ibiza. The registration for the half marathon will open on the 1st of November 2018.
Running in the Balearic Islands

6. Ultra Run Sierra Nevada 2019

Registration has already opened for the Ultra Run Sierra Nevada, which will be held on the 12th and 14th of July. More than 1300 runners from 35 countries took part in last year’s incredible event.

The starting gate could not be better situated than in the historic centre of Granada under the gaze of the Alhambra, the route then weaves through the mountain range to the Pradollano ski resort. 

The Ultra Run Sierra Nevada has four different divisions: the 100km Ultra, the 62km Trail, the 40km Marathon and the 6km Urban. 

Ultra Run Sierra Nevada

7. The Fornells Half Marathon, Menorca

In April 2019, the Fornells Half Marathon returns for its seventh year, becoming more and more established as a mandatory race for all those who are passionate about running. This race is perfect for competitors to discover the incredible nature of Menorca in a different way.
The Half Marathon is 21 kilometres, leaves from Es Mercadal and crosses El Camino de la Tramuntana before ending in the village of Fornells. The whole route offers fantastic views and the gentle Mediterranean breeze surely eases the way. To get to Es Mercadal, special connecting buses are set up from Fornells and bus tickets can be reserved when race tickets are purchased online. 
There is also a shorter, urban circuit of 10 kilometres which starts and ends in the beautiful fishing village of Fornells.

8. The Malaga Marathon

At 9am on the second Sunday in December, the starting gunshot of the Malaga Marathon will be fired, considered by many to be one of the best marathons in Spain. Its route is quite flat and straight and passes through the main points of the city: the historic centre as well as the port and promenade.
Many runners praise the work of the marathon organisers. Each year, improvements to the race and its facilities are made, according to the opinions and suggestions of both runners and spectators. The Malaga Marathon has a number of food stalls, five of them with medical assistance, which appears more frequently as runners near the finish line.
Malaga Marathon
If you’d like to visit Malaga, start training and preparing for the full marathon, the Malaga Half Marathon takes place on the 24th of March and also passes through the main sights of the city. There is a maximum capacity of 7500 runners and registration closes the 14th of March. 

9. Tenerife Bluetrail

The Tenerife Bluetrail is the highest mountain race in Spain and one of the hardest in Europe. There must be something particularly special about this race because, within the first three weeks of registration in 2018, 2000 of the 2700 places were already reserved.
Tenerife Bluetrail
Perhaps its popularity is due to the fact that this unique race starts at sea level, then rises up 3500 metres and crosses beautiful volcanic landscapes, until it reaches the highest peak of Spain, Mount Teide. Or perhaps it’s because Tenerife’s night sky has been awarded the Starlight certification for its quality, offering runners a wonderful and unique panorama of the universe.
Tenerife Bluetrail

For 2019, the Tenerife Bluetrail will be held on 8th June and has four different divisions: the 97km Ultra, the 66km Trail, the 43km Marathon and the 20km Half Marathon. For athletes with reduced mobility, three shorter routes have been created: 1.2km, 3.7km and 8km.

Full information about the Tenerife Bluetrail

10. EDP Rock 'n' Roll Madrid 2019 Full and Half Marathons

On 28nd April, the forty-first edition of the Madrid Marathon, better known as the EDP Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Marathon is expected to be the most prolific edition in the marathon's history, with up to 37,000 competitors taking part.
The route has changed from last year and in 2019 the starting point of the Madrid Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is at Paseo de la Castellana. The route crosses the main monuments of the city, including the Puerta del Sol, the new stadium for Atletico Madrid and finally ending at Fuente de Neptuno next to El Parque de El Retiro. Along the way, runners will pass stalls stocked with various supplies as well as live music, which makes this marathon one of the most vibrant in Spain.
EDP Rock´n´Roll Madrid

There are three different divisions: the 42km Marathon (maximum capacity: 15,000 participants), the 21km Half Marathon (maximum capacity: 17,000) and a shorter race of 10km (maximum capacity: 7000).

Download the EDP Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Full Marathon route

11. The Sherry Marathon, Jerez de la Frontera

If running is your passion, but you also wish to discover and enjoy other cultures while on a racing trip, then this event is for you. The Sherry Marathon held in Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia offers the interesting opportunity to combine sport with visits to the numerous ancient bodegas that tell the story of the sherry wine region's capital, and it's rural traditions. In 2019 this special marathon, the third of its kind, will be held on the 28th of April.

The route itself runs through the city streets just for the first kilometres and will take you through Jerez's impressive countryside, a landscape made of sweet slopes and infinite vineyards soaked by the warm Andalusian sun. To let you delve even more into the wine culture that impregnates this land, you will also be given the possibility to chose between water and a glass of sherry during the race's stops!

Besides the full marathon, a shorter 10km route has been prepared. The programme includes several activities to allow participants to discover Jerez's attractions.

Sherry Marathon - Jerez de la Frontera

As you can see, in Spain there are running events to suit all tastes and abilities, from mountain races and coastal trails to urban circuits and obstacle courses. Runners can push their personal limits whilst discovering the beauty of Spain’s cities, countryside, mountains and beaches.
If you want to run, be a part of the excitement, explore Spain and break your own records do not hesitate to register as soon as possible.

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