01 July 2016, 7am
Palma de Mallorca Marathon
Sun 16 October 2016
A new record entry of more than ten thousand runners are expected to line up at the start of the 13th edition of the Palma de Mallorca Marathon on 16 October. They can choose to run 10km, Half Marathon or the Marathon.
Palma is one of the main tourist destinations in Europe and its marathon is very international: around 70% of the participants are foreigners. The brand new two-lap city course will take runners on a scenic tour past the most beautiful monuments of the city centre, The Palma de Mallorca Marathon includes many varied side events which will appeal to all the family (a Breakfast Run, the Palma Kids Run, a Post Race Party, the Expo…). Runners can enjoy special entry and discounts for the main museums, activities, free guided visits, etc.
This year’s race features several improvements. The Expo and the Race Pack Pick-up area has been redesigned and also the 10km race will now start 40 minutes later than the Marathon and Half Marathon, in order to offer a less crowded running experience. There are four animation points along the route to enliven proceedings.
A striking feature of the race is that there are more participants coming from Britain and Germany than from Spain. But there are also a lot of people from countries like Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium and many more; which makes the Palma de Mallorca Marathon a global run.
On the Saturday afternoon the Obra Social “La Caixa” Palma Kids Run is expected to attract about 2,000 children. And before that, on Friday morning, the Breakfast Run will be held in order to attract participants to the Expo in the Parc de la Mar and let them relax before the competition. This area will be open on Friday and Saturday from 11.00-19.00. A novelty planned for this year is a touristic and gastronomic route featuring typical Spanish “tapas” with a stop at the Expo area.
Runners also get the chance to enjoy free touristic guided routes and discounts to many of the city’s museum. Palma de Mallorca Marathon and the Fundación Vicente Ferrer have developed a partnership aimed at raising funds to support solidarity projects in India.