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The Marató de Barcelona of 2009 will be taking place on March 1st.The race will start at 8:30 am, with an approximate running time for the first runner of 2 hours and 15 minutes, and with an expected record of participants.Open to athletes of all nationalities, licensed or non licensed.
The race will start and end in the Avinguda María Cristina on the Montjuich Mountain and it will goe through some emblematic sights of the city like the Barcelona Futbol Club Stadium (Camp Nou ), Several important Modernist buildings and works from Gaudi, Casa Batlló, Casa Milá (La Pedrera) and La Sagrada Familia, from Puig I Cadafalch , Casa Amatller, Palau Baro de Quadras and Casa de le Punxes, and from Domènech I Montaner, Casa Lleo Morera, Casa Macaya and Hospital de Sant Pablo, the classic Arc the Triomf by Vilaseca i Casanovas or the well known cOlumus Monument at the end od the Ramblas; with a visit to the Gothic Neighbourhood, passing by the Cathedral, the City Town Hall, Las Ramblas and the Drassanes building; passing by the new icons like Jean Nouvelle’s Torre Agbar, Herzog & Meuron Forum Building, the Towers of the Olympic Vila and the new Gas Natural office building by Miralles Tagliabue or the Calatrava bridge. Going also through some of the nicest Avenues like Diagonal Avenue and the Gran Via de las Corts Catalenes in different sectors, the old beautiful boulevards of Passeig de Gracia, Passeig de Sant Joan and Passeig de Lluis Companys or the new Passeig de Litoral close to the beaches of Barcelona
The official distance of 42,195Km long, certified by the Catalan Athletics Federation, through an authorised commission of the IAAF will be a journey through the old the present and the future of the city of Barcelona
As it has happened in the previous editions of the Barcelona Marathon, the day before the celebration of the race there will be traditional Pasta Party. An event that takes place at the Marató Expo, offering pasta dishes to all the persons that will participate in the Marathon the next day.
The Winner of the last edition, Marató de Barcelona 2008, in men's category was Kenyan runner Hosea Kosgei with a time of 2h.14:42, and in women's the Ethiopian runner Mihret Tadesse, who finished the race in 2h.42:12.