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The 20th European Athletics Championships will be held in Barcelona from July 27 to August 1,2010, under the auspices of the European Athletics Association and the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation. The opening ceremony will be Monday, July 26, and the competitions will be in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in the Olympic complex of the Montjuich Mountain except the road tests of Racewalking and Marathon which will run on urban street circuits in central Barcelona. More than 1,200 athletes from Europe from the 50 member countries will compete in these days in 24 and 23 disciplines in men and women.
The circuit of the Marathon of the 20th European Athletics Championships Barcelona will be totally urban and alongside some of the main icons of the architecture of the City. The race will be almost completely flat (6 to 27 meters over sea level); the departure and arrival will be on the Passeig de Picasso, at the side of the Parc de la Ciutadel.la. Athletes will pass through the interior of the Arc de Triomf , and through the Rondas to reach the Plaza de Catalunya and continue to get to the Plaza Universidad; then turn into Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes till Passeig de Gràcia going up to Aragon Street, near the Casa Batlló, and come back down through the same Boulevard to the Gran Via, and from there to descend through Marina leaving the Agbar Tower on the left going to the twin towers in the Olimpic Port; from there close to the seafront to bind first Ciutadella Park and through the Paseo de Colon reach the monument of Columbus and return through the same Avenue to the Parc de la Ciutadel.la.