MARATHON OF BARCELONA
Sport is good for your health. We encourage you to participate in the barcelona Marathon this March 15th, 2015.
We recommend that you have a medical check-up before starting to train regardless of whether you take regular exercise or not. We also recommend not starting the specific training programme if you have not been physically active for some time. If this is the case in the weeks leading up to the start of the training programme it is worth getting back to the training routine progressively.
Following a planned training programme is important for participating in the competition in good health, avoiding injuries and thus meeting your objective.
During your preparation consistency is very important in the training as is observing the recovery periods.
SPECIAL EVENTS DURING THE MARATHON
1. Breakfast Run
The start will take place in the Plaza Marqués de Foronda (behind the Magic Fountains) at 9:00h. The race is free of charge and the bib is collected in the Expo Sports.
A maximum of 2.000 bibs will be given out .
The route will cover the last kilometers of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games Marathon (4,195km) and will pass some of the most emblematic sights of the city.
Participation is open to everyone.
2. Pasta Party
Zurich Marató de Barcelona, we celebrate the traditional Pasta Party. An event that will take place at the Expo Sports, we will offer pasta dishes to all the persons that will participate in the Marató the next day.
With this portion of pasta, we are providing the participants with hydrates of carbon necessary to face the big day of the Zurich Marató de Barcelona, and it becomes an act of fraternity between all the participants. From 12:00 Am to 4:00 Pm.
HISTORY OF MARATHON
Born on December 3th 1938, Miquel Pucurull i Fontova responds to the profile of what we all understand as a popular runner. The grandfather, as many people know him in this world, came into contact with the races of distance in 1979 through an article written by Ramon Oliu, the founder of the Marató de Catalunya, in which he advised how sedentary people had to do it to start running. He was 41 years old, overweight and had stopped playing basketball 12 years ago, his first sport. A few months after starting to train, in March 1980, he dared to run a marathon in the third edition of the Marató de Catalunya, which first took place in the streets of Barcelona.
Since that day he has run 43 marathons and he has completed 41. He has done the Zurich Marató de Barcelona 28 times, first in 1980 and the last one in 2010. His best record in a marathon is 3h14 (Donostia'89), but he also has a mark of 1h25 in half marathon (Sitges'90) and he feels very proud of his 4'54'' in 1,500 meters on track (Saragossa'86). In the Marató de Barcelona, his best mark (3h21) was made on March 18th 1990, the same day that his daughter Elisenda, who was an elite marathoner, won the women's race.
Miquel Pucurull was also one of the initiators of the platform Marató de Barcelona, which was created when the race was discontinued in 2005, and since his return in 2006, he is a member of its Promoting Committee and its Senate.