The race is run over a distance of 42.195 km and is open to athletes of any nationality, whether they are federation members or not. Since the race was first held in 1978, the Zurich Barcelona Marathon has climbed to fourth position in the European ranking.

The secret of its success: the route is reasonably flat and from its starting and finishing line at Avinguda Maria Cristina, it passes by some of Barcelona's main monuments and most iconic landmarks, including the Torre Agbar, the Pedrera and the Sagrada Família. People who prefer cheering the runners on rather than competing themselves will be glad to know that there are 41 cheering points along the route, which also provide entertainment for the spectators, with music (of all kinds, from Venezuelan rock to percussion), folklore and traditional dance groups.

Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina