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Marathons and Running Events in Spain 2017

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 2017.  
 

1. EDP Bilbao Night Marathon 2017

In October, the ninth 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. For 2017, attendance numbers are meant to hit an all time high, beating the 11,000 runners from 44 different countries of 2016.   
 
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.
 
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 10th, 11th and 12th of March the Menorca Epic 360º Trail returns, a 156km 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 19th 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.
 
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 34.5 hours to finish.
 

3. Canarias InfinityXtreme 2017

In October, 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 400 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.  
 

4. The Valencia 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 November 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. 
 

5. Ibiza Full and Half Marathons

On the 8th of April, the first ever 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.
 
For the inaugural race, 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 Half Marathon will be held on the 30th April, starting in the town of San Jose and ending in Ibiza city. Registration is already open for both the half and full marathons. 
 

6. K42 & K21 Mallorca Adventure Marathons

On the 19th of March, the K21 & K42 Mallorca Adventure Marathons return. These races give competitors the best opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the mountain trail which runs through the Sierra de la Tramuntana mountain range. This mountain range was declared a Cultural Landscape by UNESCO in 2011 and boasts the best views of the Mediterranean Sea.
 
The race has three sections with different difficulty levels. The first is the "Vertical Kilometre", a time trial with an average gradient of 15%. Runners climb up the mountainside to La Finca de Galatzó, which is a 1,400 hectare estate that sits on the top of the mountain at an altitude of 1027 metres.
 
The K42 Adventure Marathon is the main race and it passes over the peaks of S'Esclop (927 metres) and Galatzó (1027 metres), it then descends to sea level and ends in Peguera Beach. 
The last section of the race crosses Peguera Beach, it’s 21 kilometres of milder terrain and without a doubt a pleasant way for competitors to end a hard race.
 
During the K21 & K42 Marathon weekend, there are also a number of other activities to enjoy including photographic exhibitions, conferences, film screenings, children’s animations and sport presentations, so this event is family-friendly and there is the potential to create a family holiday to Mallorca around this race.
 

7. Ultra Run Sierra Nevada 2017

Registration has already opened for the Ultra Run Sierra Nevada, which will be held on the 14th and 15th of July. More than 1200 runners from over 30 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. 

8. The Fornells Half Marathon, Menorca

The Fornells Half Marathon returns for its fifth 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.

9. The Malaga Marathon

At 9am on the first 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 appear more frequently as runners near the finish line.
 
There’s also a shorter race called the "Carrera de los Boquerones", a 5 kilometre circuit which starts and ends at the Paseo del Parque. It’s open to the general public, but participation is limited to a maximum of 3000 people.
 
If you’d like to visit Malaga, start training and preparing for the full marathon, the Malaga Half Marathon takes place on the 20th of March and also passes through the main sights of the city. There is a maximum capacity of 7500 runners and registration closes on the 12th of March. 
 

10. 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, 2000 of the 2500 places were already reserved.
 
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.
 

This year, the Tenerife Bluetrail will be held on 10th June and has five different divisions: the 97km Ultra, the 66km Trail, the 43km Marathon and the 20km Half Marathon. For athletes with reduced mobility, there is the shorter 4km Bluetrail.

Download the Tenerife Bluetrail route

11. EDP Rock 'n' Roll Madrid 2017 Full and Half Marathons

On 23rd April, the fortieth 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 starting point of the Madrid Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is located at the usual point by the Cibeles Fountain. The route crosses the main monuments of the city, including the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace or the Casa de Campo and finally, 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.
 

There are three different divisions: the 42km Marathon and the 21km Half Marathon, both with a maximum capacity of 15,000 participants plus a shorter race of 10km with a capacity of up to 7000 runners. Registration is mandatory and closes on the 9th of April, so register early to avoid missing out.

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

12. Wings for Life Run, Valencia

The Wings for Life Run is a global event held in more than 30 countries around the world all on the same day. This is a unique race, because there is no goal. Instead, the objective is to last as long as possible without the “catcher car” catching up to the runners.
 
At 1pm on the 7th May, the Wings for Life runners will leave the starting gate and 30 minutes later the catcher car will follow, chasing them all until there is only one runner left.
 
In Valencia, the 20km route extends through the city and then continues south, through El Saler and Les Gavines, finally ending in Cullera. The registration fee is €25, but as it’s a charity race all proceeds go to the Wings for Life charity which focuses on spinal cord injury research.
 
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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