The running races season in Barcelona begins with a combination of charity and sport, a healthy and fun way to help those in need. Do you want to be a supportive runner? Join the race!
The Sagrada Família Mile – May 14th
Do you want to run while you are enjoying one of the most unique monuments around the world? Then you have to sign up for the Sagrada Família Mile, a race that takes place on a circuit around the most famous Gaudí’s temple. You can choose between two categories; the mile (1,609 meters) and the 3 miles (5,179 meters).
If you just want to take part as an observer you can pop into the area or enjoy the live streaming on Catalan public TV, TV3.
Family run- May 21st
If you enjoy running as a family, there are Barcelona running races for all audiences, the Family Run; Race on wheels for people with mobility handicaps and baby strollers, races for children from 3 to 14 years old and another race for adults who want to run by themselves
Also at the end of the race there is a performance of the children’s TV show Club Super 3 and a party to say goodbye until next year’sFamily Run. If you prefer, you can also take part as a volunteer and help in the collection that will be destined to Aremi Association, which provides help and advice to people, especially children with physical disabilities.
DIR-Guàrdia Urbana Race – May 28th
At the DIR-Guàrdia Urbana race you can run from the mountain to the sea through the Diagonal Avenue. The race is organised by the DIR gym chain with the collaboration of Barcelona police and Barcelona City Council to achieve a very clear objective: to promote the practice of physical exercise among people of all ages.
In addition, you must know that 0.50 euros of each inscription will go to Ictus Barcelona Foundation, an entity that gives support and advice to people who have suffered this type of cerebral infarction.
Run fun for ELA – June 4th
We go a bit further through the calendar to talk about a race which is not so well-known but it is as important: The Sant Adrià fun run for the ALS (known as Sansi race), a rare disease that affects 6-8 people per 100,000 each year, which means a total of 120,000 new cases every year worldwide.
In this case 2 euros of each registration go to the Miquel Valls Foundation and the ELA Network. Both entities work to improve the lives of patients with this disease and to obtain finance for its research.
AFNE race – June 4th
In 2003, United in Ethiopia (AFNE) was founded, a non-profit organization created by adoptive parents of Ethiopian children. For 4 years, the association has organised a run to raise funds for different causes in the African country through the Muketuri mother-and-child center; Construction of wells, school supplies, vaccines…
If you want to support this cause, you can start by signing up in the race and enjoy a tour around Collserola, the mountains next to Barcelona.
Near Twentytú hostel you will find the Besòs Maresme run, an event which is part of the celebration of this neighbourhood festivities. In addition of being a meeting point for all participating runners, the race organises a collection point for food and children’s hygiene products that will go to the supportive dining room of Gregal cooperative, which helps the neediest neighbours in the area.
From Twentytú we also want to do our bit to help and often organise charity events such as the Solidarity Open Night last December, whose benefits were destined to the Fundació Catalana de Síndrome de Down. If you want to help us, check out our social media 😉