Barcelona Half Marathon
Sunday 11 February 2018
Official Partner of the barcelona half marathon and 10k with running crazy

The Weekend:
Barcelona, just saying the name makes you want to burst in to song! This great Catalan capital has become a top European tourist attraction. The 1992 Olympic Games showed what a flair for organisation the Catalans have, and they have carried this forward to all aspects of tourism. Luckily sporting tourism and particularly running have also been well featured. We offer several races to Barcelona during the year, but it is perhaps the Half Marathon that is set to become the most popular over time. Now here is your chance to join in.

What is included:
•  Met at Barcelona International Airport (or Estacio du Nord for those flying in
  to Girona/Reus)
•  Transfer and return to/from hotel
•  A good class hotel conveniently located hotel
•  Guaranteed Race Entry
•  Reception Meeting/Map of City/Explanation of course
•  Goody Bag, Race Number, and Timing Chip delivered
•  'T-Shirt' and Medal
•  Full Results Service by E-Mail
•  Pasta Meal night before race (optional)
•  After race Get Together and meal (optional)
•  CD-Rom Video souvenir of race (optional)
•  Race Support
•  Spectator Support
•  Services of a Running Crazy representative

The Race:
The Barcelona Half Marathon has had to take second place to the new Barcelona Marathon which was reborn in 2005. However it is a great race and looks set to become popular with local runners and foreign guests as it establishes itself.

The Course
The Barcelona Half Marathon route is a flat, fast course that takes in many of the City's sights. It can best be described as a figure of 8 - which is great for spectators and supporters. Starting at 9-00am it is still cool and the first 10 miles of the course are along many of the City's wide boulevards with shade from tall buildings a feature. The last 3 miles is along the coast road and then back in to the city to finish.

The following charities have groups running here:

Spectators and Supporters:
We know how important spectators and supporters are at these events. We provide a supporters package at no extra charge. We will advise where on the course are the most advantageous spectator positions, and how to get there easily and in time for the race. More often than not we will take you there and join you for a cup of coffee and have a few surprises planned whilst awaiting the first sight of the runners! All our hotels are comfortably furnished with TV and entertainment facilities - many have spas, pools and saunas too

Charity Runners:
'Running Crazy' are delighted to welcome runners who are raising sponsorship for registered charities. We know that the great feeling of accomplishment when completing the race, feels even better when you are helping others in to the bargain! See our Run for Charity link to choose a charity that you can help. Many charities listed there will provide special runners packs including sponsorship forms and tips, and also charity running vests. Just contact them with your details and tell them you intend to run with 'Running Crazy' on their behalf. In addition we will provide you with a 'Running Crazy' Certificate confirming your achievement and result, and also a special commemorative prize. Just specify the charity name in your 'Application'.

Accommodation:
'Running Crazy' have secured two or three hotels in the race start/finish area. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis, and the hotels are a minimum of a good 3* (many are 4*). All hotels are located close to the Metro lines, which is good for your sightseeing days. We will provide guidance as to travel in Barcelona.

The Weather:
February in Barcelona over the past few years has proved to be a very mild climate.
•  Average Sunshine Hours per day: 8
•  Wet days in a month: 7
•  Average Temperature: 12 to 18 degrees Celsius

Entertainment
First and foremost as the Half Marathon race course is a 'figure of 8', you will be able to locate yourself at a nice pavement café to watch the start of the race, and see the runners pass at the 7 mile mark.   Leisurely and entertaining morning for you!

Barcelona is a top tourist attraction - there is so much to do here. Part of the weekends events will automatically take in sights such as the 'Magic Fountains', the Palace at Montjuic, and 'Las Ramblas'. However there is the Gaudi architecture, the great 'Nou Camp' Football stadium, the unfinished 'Sagrada Familia' church and the non-stop non-finish night life. We know some of the best places and will be pleased to give you a suggested itinerary.

Groups:
Barcelona is a great City to share and is therefore ideal for Clubs or for Training Partners to get together. It may also make travelling more convenient and enjoyable.

There are discounts for larger groups (20+), but even a group of just 10 will qualify for an additional prize for the first or last to finish (you decide).

Prices
Our all inclusive prices are extremely competitive - from as little as just £99/€119/US$169 for the weekend - we know we cannot be beaten on price   - and our runners continually tell us that they receive so much more on a 'Running Crazy' weekend break. All our 'resort races' offer half board accommodation, and for our 'Big City' races we know all the best value places to eat, drink and have fun. Indeed we book these for our pre-race and after race gatherings, meaning groups and individuals can just sit back, relax, make new running pals and let us do any worrying. No tourist traps for our clients! We know these races and places inside out, and will advise on what to see and do over the weekend, provide directions and maps - all very useful when on a tight timescale. All you have to do is run!

Closing Date
6 weeks before the event, or sooner if "Sold Out" applied to Index page.

What to do next:
If you fancy competing in the Barcelona Half Marathon, simply complete the relevant 'Application Form' (Individual or Group) and press 'Send'. Further details will be sent to you by return of E-mail including travel tips, a full price list, and payment arrangements.

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BARCELONA HALF MARATHON - TESTIMONIALS

Linda Kellie - Women's Running Network, Wigan
The support and organisation from 'Running Crazy' at the Barcelona Half Marathon was great! Airport transfer, hotel and general support surpassed my expectations! I have run in Europe previously having made all my own arrangements........but doing it this way removed all the stress and messing about collecting race numbers etc. On the whole I cannot recommend the company enough, and I am looking forward to the next time.

Geraldine McKay - Children in Crossfire Charity - Ireland
A big thank you for all your efforts for us as a group in Barcelona. We had a super time and that was largely down to the 'Running Crazy' team. We had no worries at all, and that was class. I think I slept for Ireland after the race but it was all worth it. Many thanks again.

Janette Kilgour - Newcastle
Thanks for a wonderful time in Barcelona - I look forward to joining you on another tour soon.
Thanks again.

Lisa Valence - Isle of Wight
Thank you so much for what you did for us. We all had a great weekend in Barcelona. I know that Julie has already mentioned Malta for us for next year - it sounds great!

Stephen Oatley - Isle of Wight
Hi Malcolm and Helen thank you for a fantastic weekend in Barcelona, we enjoyed are stay and you both made everything flow so smoothly. We are already planning are 2011 half marathon. See you again.

Julie Cocks - Isle of Wight
Hi Malcolm. Thanks for everything re the Barcelona half Marathon on Feb14th. Absolutely loved it, and everything went smoothly. Will definitely use you again and hopefully soon.

Steff - London
Barcelona Half Marathon was a fantastic race. Malcolm and Richard provided very useful pre-race information and really knew their stuff. The hotel was ideally located for the race start and they were great support before, during and after the race!

Chris Beresford - Cornwall
Barcelona race was great (First Sub 2 1/2). Hotel clean and quiet, well located for the start. Good to have all the hassles taken away!!

Les Basham - Stowmarket Striders, Suffolk
Another excellent trip with Running Crazy to Barcelona. Very well looked after by Malcolm and Richard. Looking forward to the next one! If you're looking for a weekend away with a race thrown in I thoroughly recommend Running Crazy.

Phelim O'Neill - Crossmaglen
Thank you to Malcolm and Richard for a well organised hassle free weekend in Barcelona. The hotel was great and well placed for the city centre and the start and finish of race. Your recommendation of restaurants and bars were spot on. Can't wait to pick my next trip. I would recommend to all runners whatever your standard maybe.

Conor McElduff - Carrickmore, N. Ireland
Just back from Barcelona with Running Crazy. Great weekend. Well organised trip by Malcolm. Many thanks Malcolm. You made the whole experience totally hassle free which provided for stress free weekend. Thanks again. Highly recommended.

Carol Green - Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
First time with Running Crazy and definitely not the last. Thank you Malcolm and Richard for such a great race experience. Great hotel in a brilliant position. It was the little extras that made it too - picking up our numbers/bags, the support along the route (much appreciated) and photo's you gave us on the train - oh and the chalk messages on the road in the last mile really made me smile. Thanks again.

Kevin Bradley - Suffolk
Excellent weekend in Barcelona - great 1/2 marathon - first time with Running Crazy - will definitely travel with you again.

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