Spain is one of the most successful nations in running and athletics in Europe!

Especially on the middle distance and on the long distance, up to the marathon, Spain's runners celebrated many international successes in the past, even if other sports are in the foreground in Spain.

In addition to soccer, many other ball sports, such as handball, volleyball, field hockey, basketball, futsal and water polo are very popular in the parliamentary hereditary monarchy. Cycling and tennis also have a great tradition. After the Tour de France, the Vuelta is one of the biggest cycling stage races in the world.

In the cities of Spain there are also some big running events, which are also internationally recognized.

The biggest running events in Spain

If you want to run a marathon in Spain, you have several options, such as the Marato de Barcelona and the Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Marathon in spring, the Mallorca Marathon in autumn and the Maraton Valencia and the Maraton de Sevilla in winter. This means that throughout the year you have the chance to run in a major marathon event in Spain.

Spectacular finish at the Valencia Marathon

The Valencia Marathon at the end of November or beginning of December is traditionally the last marathon of the year worldwide, with world-class times over the 42.195 kilometers. An example pleases: in 2020, Kenyans Evans Chebet and Peres Chepchirchir triumphed with 2:03:00 hours and 2:17:16 hours respectively, both times that made it into the top 10 all-time worldwide. The highlight of the course is the finish, which was set up on a wooden walkway over a pond by the Ciencias Principe Felipe Museum. 

Sightseeing in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world anyway. A somewhat different sightseeing tour through Barcelona would be a start at the Barcelona Marathon. The course is a little bit profiled, but at least you get to see almost all the sights of the city. A few examples: You're guaranteed to pass Camp Nou and the Sagrada Familia on the 42.195 kilometers. The marathon in Barcelona has around 15,000 finishers every year - a top figure in Spain.

The Seville Marathon, which attracts around 10,000 marathon runners, also has top time potential. A great atmosphere is guaranteed at the Madrid Marathon. The marathon has about 300 meters of altitude, but the good atmosphere along the course will make you feel light as a feather. The field of participants is similar in size to Barcelona, with 15,000 marathon starters. In addition, a half marathon and a 10-kilometer race will also be held.

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The fastest half marathon in the world

Valencia and Madrid are the hotspots of two incredibly fast half marathons. In the spring, nearly 15,000 athletes compete in the "Medio Maraton Madrid." The fastest run the 21.1 kilometers here in just over 60 minutes. The Valencia Half Marathon is even faster. Better said, it is the fastest half marathon on the planet. In the women's race, Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei ran a world record of 64:51 minutes in 2017. A year later, compatriot Abraham Kiptum did the same with 58:18 minutes. In 2020, Kandie Kibiwott of Kenya achieved the first half marathon time under 58 minutes on our planet with 57:32 minutes in Valencia. A year later, Letsenbet Gidey from Ethiopia ensured the first time under 64 and even under 63 minutes in the women's race with 62:52 minutes.

The completely flat course leads through the old town. The finish line is at the port of Valencia.

Mallorca is not only a vacation paradise

The island of Mallorca can be visited not only for leisurely beach vacations, but also for sports activities. The best example of this is the Palma de Mallorca Marathon. There is hardly any other marathon outside Germany, to which so many runners from Germany compete. At the beginning of the year, another marathon will be held on an island in the Canary Islands, the Gran Canaria Marathon. In addition, there is also a triathlon race in Mallorca with the IRONMAN 70.3. Other well-known triathlons are the Challenge Peguera-Mallorca, the IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella, the IRONMAN Barcelona and the IRONMAN Lanzarote. Lanzarote also hosts the Lanzarote Marathon towards the end of the year. This is one of the most beautiful marathons in the world.

Into the adventure

Don't feel like going to the big city and want to climb as high as possible? In Spain you have enough possibilities. A number of mountain runs and trails are sure to raise a few eyebrows among athletes. The Transvulcania on the island of La Palma, for example, is one of the world's largest ultratrails. The trail run has a length of around 75 kilometers. More than 1,500 athletes take on this challenge every year.

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A mountain marathon that no mountain runner should miss is the Zegama Aizkorri Maratoia in Zegama. On the 42.2 kilometer course, almost 3,000 meters of altitude will put you in your way. The event is part of the Golden Trail Series. A third spectacular trail is the Salomon Ultra Pirineu. The ultra run has a length of more than 100 kilometers.

All Running Races in Spain (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2022 in Spain

Juan Muguerza Cross Country Race

 
Icon Date | 12:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Elgoibar
Icon Competitions 10,796 km / 7,621 km

Maraton Del Meridiano

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue El Hierro
Icon Competitions 42 km (2.600 Hm) / 27 km / 18 km / 9 km

Maratón Murcia

 
Icon Date | 21:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Murcia
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Transgrancanaria HG

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Icon Competitions 128 km (7.500 Hm) / 65 km (3.200 Hm) / 42 km (1.000 Hm) / 30 km (688 Hm) / 17 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote

 
1
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Playa Blanca
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz

Spartan Race - Mallorca Sprint and Super

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Palma de Mallorca
Icon Competitions 4 Stunden / 13 km (25 Hindernisse) / 5 km (20 Hindernisse)

Challenge Salou

 
1
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Salou
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz / Kurzdistanz

Ibiza Marathon

 
Icon Date | 16:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Eivissa
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 20 km / 12 km

Mallorca Triathlon Portocolom

 
Icon Date | 08:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Portocolom
Icon Competitions MItteldistanz / Olympische Distanz

Half Marathon Magaluf

 
Icon Date | 17:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Magaluf
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 1,609 km

Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Mogan
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz

Penyagolosa Trail World

 
1
Icon Date | 00:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Castellón de la Plana
Icon Competitions 110 km (5.600 Hm) / 60 km (3.300 Hm)

Triathlon of Senses - Ibiza

 
Icon Date | 14:30 Uhr
Icon Venue San Juan Bautista
Icon Competitions Olympic / Sprint / Super Sprint / Kids

IRONMAN Mallorca

 
Icon Date | 07:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Alcúdia
Icon Competitions Langdistanz

IRONMAN 70.3 Alcúdia-Mallorca

 
2
Icon Date | 07:55 Uhr
Icon Venue Alcudia
Icon Competitions 1,9 km + 90 km + 21,1 km

Trail Cap de Creus

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Roses
Icon Competitions 44 km (2.200 Hm) / 23 km (1.200 Hm) / 12 km (600 Hm)

Pirene Xtreme Triathlon

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Cellers
Icon Competitions Langdistanz (Long Distance)

IRONMAN Lanzarote

 
2
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Puerto del Carmen
Icon Competitions Langdistanz

IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella

 
2
Icon Date | 07:40 Uhr
Icon Venue Marbella
Icon Competitions Langdistanz (Long Distance)

Cames de Ferro

 
1
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Sant Esteve d'en Bas
Icon Competitions 42 KM (3.000 Hm) / 10 km

Zegama Aizkorri Maratoia

 
1
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Zegama
Icon Competitions 42,2 km (2.736 Hm)

Ultra Trail Bosques del Sur

 
Icon Date | 23:59 Uhr
Icon Venue Cazorla
Icon Competitions 99 km (4.652 Hm) / 50 km (2.809 Hm)

Tenerife Bluetrail

 
Icon Date | 23:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Adeje
Icon Competitions 102 km / 67 km / 44 km / 20 km

Trail Chulilla

 
Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Chulilla
Icon Competitions 15,2 km (520 Hm)

Gran Maratón Montanas de Benasque

 
2
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Benasque
Icon Competitions 42 km (2.640 Hm) / 28 km (1.550 Hm) / 19 km (700 Hm)

Olla de Nuria - Vall de Nuria

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Vall de Núria
Icon Competitions 21,5 km (1.940 Hm)

Ultrail La Covatilla

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue La Hoya
Icon Competitions 60 km (3.500 Hm) / 37 km (2.300 Hm) / 16,5 km

Garmin Mountain Festival / Garmin Epic Trail Vall de Boi

 
2
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Vall de Boí
Icon Competitions 68 km (5.000 Hm) / 42 km (2.900 Hm) / 26 km (1.800 Hm) / 12 km (480 Hm)

Val d'Aran by UTMB

 
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Vielha e Mijaran
Icon Competitions 161 km (10.200 Hm) / 105 km (6.100 Hm) / 55 km (3.300 Hm)

Trail Vielha-Molières 3010

 
1
Icon Date | 06:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Vielha e Mijaran
Icon Competitions 43 km (4.200 Hm) / 24 km (1.800 Hm) / 11 km (700 Hm)

Montlude Skyrace - Trail - Ultra

 
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Bausen
Icon Competitions 63 km (6.100 Hm) / 27 km (2.550 Hm) / 10 km (1.060 Hm)

Trail de Higueruelas

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Higueruelas
Icon Competitions 16,2 km (520 Hm)

Mallorca 140.6

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Alcúdia
Icon Competitions Langdistanz / Halbdistanz

Salomon Ultra Pirineu

 
2
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Bagà
Icon Competitions 100 km / 42 km / 21 km / 5 km

IRONMAN Barcelona

 
1
Icon Date | 08:08 Uhr
Icon Venue Calella
Icon Competitions Langdistanz / Ironkids

IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona

 
2
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Calella
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz / Ironkids

Gorbeia Suzien Ternua

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Zeanuri
Icon Competitions 31 km (2.400 Hm) / 4,2 km (1.000 Hm)
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Palma de Mallorca Marathon

 
12
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Mallorca
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

HYROX Valencia

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Valencia
Icon Competitions 8 km

Challenge Peguera-Mallorca

 
1
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Peguera
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz / Challenge Women / Kinder

15K Donostia

 
Icon Date | 11:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Donostia-San Sebastian
Icon Competitions 15 km / 10 km / 5 km

Marato del Mediterrani

 
1
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Castelldefels
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Transvulcania

 
3
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Fuencaliente
Icon Competitions 74,33 km (4.350 Hm) / 45 km (1.884 Hm) / 24,28 km (2.097 Hm) / 7,6 km (1.203 Hm)

Bilbao Night Marathon

 
Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Bilbao
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Cross Internacional Zornotza

 
Icon Date | 12:50 Uhr
Icon Venue Amorebieta
Icon Competitions 8,7 km / 6,7 km / 4,7 km

Cross de Atapuerca

 
Icon Date | 12:25 Uhr
Icon Venue Atapuerca
Icon Competitions 9 km / 8 km / 4 km

Maraton Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Calle el Pilar
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Marató dels Dements

 
1
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Eslida
Icon Competitions 43,3 km (3.800 Hm) / 23 km (2.000 Hm) / 22,2 km (1.900 Hm)

Cross Internacional de Itálica Sevilla

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Santiponce
Icon Competitions 10,092 km / 7,91 km / 7,616 km / 5,782 km

HYROX Madrid

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Madrid
Icon Competitions 8 km

Maratoia Donostia / San Sebastian Marathon

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue San Sebastian
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Lanzarote Marathon

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Las Palmas
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 5 km

Maratón Málaga (Malaga-Marathon)

 
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Málaga
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

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