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#09 | Races you can't miss in Spain in 2023
The year 2022 has been more than positive for running lovers. After two complicated seasons due to Covid-19, normality has returned to popular races and unique environments have once again been enjoyed in both mountain and asphalt events.
2023 is going to be even better: there are already confirmed races that you should not miss. It is difficult to choose among so many good options but from WONG we made a list of ten unique races that you should consider running this year.
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February 19, 2023
The Seville marathon is known for its flat course, which makes it one of the best events to try to beat your personal best. The setting is magnificent: the Plaza de España, La Giralda or the Maestranza as the main places through which the participants will run. On Saturday the 18th, the day before the marathon, you can participate in the 5k Breakfast Run, a test in the center of the city that will allow you to stretch your legs and meet many other marathoners.
22-26 February 2023
The first challenging test in the mountains is the Transgrancanaria. The longest modality, the Classic, consists of 126 kilometers of route with a total positive difference of about 7,000 meters. It starts on February 24 at 11:59 p.m. and a total of 30 hours are given to complete it. There are other options with shorter routes such as the Advanced (80Km), the Marathon (45Km) and the Starter (24Km). All of them go through fantastic landscapes.
March 19, 2023
If asphalt marathons are your thing, the Barcelona marathon should be a date marked on your calendar. Its urban circuit passing through buildings such as the Camp Nou, the Sagrada Família, Arc de Triomf or Casa Batlló make it a very special test. A total of 35 pacemakers will be ready to help you achieve the time you have set for yourself. In the 2021 edition, up to 15,000 people registered.
April 1, 2023
If you want to run in one of the Balearic Islands, we recommend the Ibiza marathon. It begins at 4:00 p.m. on a spring day. It starts at the Port d'Eivissa and continues through rural areas until it reaches Santa Gertrudis, a symbolic place that marks the half marathon. It continues through rural areas with views of the sea and the finish line is at Platja de Santa Eulària des Riu.
April 2, 2023
The 23rd edition of the San Sebastián Marathon will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2023. If you have not yet been to the capital of the province of Guipúzcoa, this is the perfect excuse. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful 21-kilometer tests of the season as it has a route that includes places such as La Concha beach or the Buen Pastor cathedral. 8 pacemakers await you to help you improve your personal best.
April 14, 2023
The weekend of April 14 to 16 takes place in one of the most important events for the lovers of Trail Running, the Ultra Sierra Nevada. There are different modalities, the "Extreme" being the hardest due to its 158 kilometers of route, cumulative drop of more than 15,300 meters and its time limit of 29 hours. The second option is the "Ultra", which is 100 kilometers of ascent with a maximum time to complete it of 23 and a half hours. The medium version is the 60 kilometer "Trail" and you can also participate in the "Marathon" or the "Half".
April 23, 2023
If you are looking for an asphalt marathon in April, another great option is the Zurich Rock 'n' Roll Running Series to be held in Madrid. Almost 40,000 participants of more than one hundred different nationalities are expected. In addition, you can also run the distances of Half Marathon and 10 Kilometers. This event is characterized by the festive atmosphere and by a route that never ceases to surprise, with buildings as emblematic as the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral or the Cuatro Torres.
June 10, 2023
For the most seasoned in mountain races, a special challenge is presented to you with the Travesera de los Picos de Europa. It is the most prestigious event in Asturias, which has a challenging route through the three massifs of Los Picos. It is an UltraTrail of just over 74 kilometers and with a cumulative incline of 13,145 meters. The previous weekend there is the Traveserina, with a distance of 45 kilometers and 7,000 meters of accumulated incline.
October 21, 2023
Another unique experience is the one offered in Bilbao during the weekend of October 20 to 21, 2023. The race starts on Sunday at 8:00 p.m., making this event the only urban night marathon in the country. You can also run the distance of 21 kilometers and 10 kilometers. During the test, the city is filled with stages where music accompanies the protagonists of the day.
November 12, 2023
If you don't attend the San Sebastián Half Marathon, you have another chance to discover the area thanks to the Behobia - San Sebastián, a race with a lot of history. On November 12, 2023, the 58th edition of an event that began in 1919 will take place. Almost 30,000 runners flood the streets every year in a setting with an incomparable atmosphere. It lasts 20 km, and it is recommended that you run with family or friends and celebrate with some good pintxos later.