In this post I have given you the explanations of all the changes that we will have in the Marató de Barcelona 2024 and what are the novelties compared to past editions.
Now it’s time to tell you from the start to the finish line what the course will be like, where it climbs, where the wind blows, and how to tackle the most demanding parts of the course. In short, an analysis of the Barcelona Marathon circuit so that you can get an idea of what you will find the day you put on your race bib.
- ANÀLISI DEL RECORREGUT (CATALÀ)
- ANÁLISIS DEL RECORRIDO (CASTELLANO)
- ANALYSIS OF THE ROUTE (ENGLISH)
But first… stretegy, map & altimetry
Analysis of the circuit
Red: hard climbs.
Yellow: false flat or easy climbs.
Green: flat or downhills.
1· Start & first meters
START TO km 1,5
Just where the more classic Cursa El Corte Inglés started, on Passeig de Gràcia between Gran Via and Plaça Catalunya, the Marató begins. As soon as we set off, we turn right and enter the very wide Gran Via, which is more or less flat with a hidden tendency to go downhill.
2· Marina & Aragò
km 1,5 TO 5
We turn left to tackle the steep climb to Marina and connect with the crossroads between Marina, Diagonal and Aragó. It will be along the latter that we will have to run on a straight stretch of approximately 3 kilometres that is a bit steep at the beginning, then it is flat for a long time and at the end it becomes a bit winding.
km 5 TO 10
We connect with València going up the short Viladomat. The beginning of València is quite demanding at times and up to the height of Enric Granados you have to take it as a climb despite having some rests. From there on, it’s between winding and very favourable until you cross Meridiana.
4· Clot – Sagrera
km 10 TO 12,5
To leave València and face the Calatrava bridge we have to go up and down a hard but very short slope, and then go to take that bridge, which is also a short and demanding climb and then downhill. From there, we have a false flat along a somewhat wide stretch of road, but narrow for the runners, which connects with Garcilaso, which is uphill and then Meridiana in a soft downhill.
km 12,5 TO 16,8
To leave València and face the Calatrava bridge we have to go up and down a hard but very short slope, and then go to take that bridge, which is also a short and demanding climb and then downhill. From there, we have a false flat along a somewhat wide stretch of road, but narrow for the runners, which connects with Garcilaso, which is uphill and then Marina in a gentle downhill.
6· Cal·làbria & Gran Via
km 16,8 TO 19
To connect with Gran Via and head back past the starting area (Plaça Catalunya) you have to take Cal-làbria, which is downhill. Then, about a couple of kilometres down this one, which is a bit winding at first and then flat.
7· Sant Antoni & Paral·lel
km 19 TO 24
This is an out-and-back stretch of roads, more or less favourable, although the end of Sepúlveda (and a bit of Manso) is a bit of a climb. This time Paral-lel goes in the opposite direction to usual, so it is quite favourable.
8· De Colón a Marina por Ciutadella
km 24 TO 27
Very flat and with the possibility of a wind (possibly in our favour), it will take us to the area opposite the finish line. We continue along this stretch without difficulties, more or less flat although not completely flat.
km 27 TO 30
It’s the opposite direction to what we’re used to, so we’re more likely to have a favourable wind at that time of day. It’s fairly flat and we avoid the #putorepecho, but from Mc Donalds to the Mar Bella pavilion it’s slightly uphill.
11· Diagonal Mar
km 30 TO 35
Taulat will now be a gentle downhill and then it’s a 5 kilometre long out and back, more or less flat, although at the innermost end (near Agbar) it’s steep uphill. The wind can be a conditioning factor and we are in one of the critical moments of the race.
11· Llull (Poblenou)
km 35 TO 38,5
Two straights, one very long and flat and the other a little shorter and just as flat except for the last 50 metres which are uphill. It is more sheltered than the coast, so the wind may not have as much of an effect, although it could blow against us.
12· Marina a Pl. Urquinaona
km 38,5 TO 41
Marina is more sinuous than it seems, it starts with a slight downhill slope, but from Pujades onwards it climbs steeply up to the Meridiana roundabout. Then we cross the bridge and go down to start a stretch of false flat with breaks along Ausias March to Urquinaona.
13· Last meters to finish line
km 41 TO 42,195
All very favourable with a slightly negative gradient (i.e. it goes down) along Ronda Sant Pere, to then reach Passeig Sant Joan, pass under Arc de Triomf and cross the finish line.
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