Sport, the Games, solidarity and Barcelona: all the ingredients for the La Mercè fun run

The 39th edition of the La Mercè Fun Run, which is being held this Sunday on the streets of Barcelona, was presented at the Olympic and Sports Museum on Wednesday 13 September. David Escudé, the Commissioner for Sports, and José Luis Blanco, the fun-run’s director, spoke at the presentation, providing essential information about a race with over 30 years of history. They also presented the official race shirt (see photo).

The Cursa de la Mercè fun run is a 10 km race that takes in some of the most emblematic locations in the city. Over the years, it has become a classic feature of the festival. The fun run starts and finishes on Av. de la Reina M. Cristina.

This year’s route is along the following streets:

Start Pl. d’Espanya, Av. del Paral·lel, C. Calàbria, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Pg. de Sant Joan, Pg. de Lluís Companys, C. Buenaventura Muñoz, C. Roger de Flor, Pg. de Pujades, Pg. de Lluís Companys, central area (Arc de Triomf), Rda. de Sant Pere, Rda. Universitat, Pl. de la Universitat, Rda. de Sant Antoni, C. de Sepúlveda, C. de Viladomat, Av. del Paral·lel, Pl. d’Espanya. Finish

The target: 13,000 runners

There are nearly 10,000 registered participants, with four days still to go. 69% of the enrolled runners are men, 31% are women. This shows a consolidation in the number of women participants, with a growth of two points compared to 2016. The average age of the participants is 40 (see table). A number of top-class athletes will also be taking part in the event.

The Olympic Games, present in the fun run

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this year’s race shirt bears the Barcelona ’92 commemorative logos (see photo), and participants born in 1992 will have a special race number and the chance to win a special Olympic prize, which La Vanguardia will present to the first runner born in 1992 that crosses the finish line. For this reason Miquel Pucurull, who ran the race 25 years ago, and Gina Varquer andAlbert Nogueras, who were born in ’92 and are running on Sunday, were also present.

The most supportive race

The event is becoming established as the solidarity race par excellence. Over the years, this athletics event has supported international NGOs and city associations, with the aim of becoming more than just a race.