On your marks, get set, go! Thousands of runners from all over the world– both professionals and aficionados – will do just that at 08:30am on Sunday 19th November, for the beginning of this year’s Trinidad Alonso Valencia Marathon. And thousands of locals and visitors alike will be cheering them all along the way. Here are our tips to make the most of a great sporting day.
Valencia is a great place for running. Its flat layout by the sea, ample green areas and mild weather provide the perfect conditions for runners. In November, runners taking part in the Valencia Marathon can expect temperatures between 12 and 17 degrees Celsius, ideal to get the best marks. And those watching can enjoy the sun too, as well as the stunning setting for the race and other special activities planned for the occasion.
Where to watch the Valencia Marathon
The City of Arts and Sciences is, without doubt, the place to be on Sunday morning. It is here that both the Marathon and the parallel 10K race will start and finish. After completing a route through several districts in the city, runners will cross the line by the arches of the imposing Principe Felipe Science Museum. How is that for a grand finale?
Families can, of course, enjoy the Science Museum, or the nearby Hemisferic IMAX and Planetarium or the aquarium at the Oceanografic while they wait for the runners, or after the race. Besides, there will be different activities set up for children throughout the weekend, including a mini-marathon on Saturday 18th or the chance to have a go at paddle surfing on the lakes of the complex. For adults, there will be live music on Friday and Saturday. And there is also a Paella Party on Saturday to ensure that runners are well nourished!
Those who prefer to avoid the crowds at the City of Arts and Sciences can choose many other spots along the 42.195-kilometre route to watch the runners:
- Veles e Vents (Km 3): Watch the race as it passes by the Marina of Valencia and enjoy a morning stroll on the beach. Then return to the iconic building for lunch at its rice restaurant, La Maritima, or the Michelin starred La Sucursal.
- Mestalla (Km 11 and 17): Although there is no match on this weekend, sports fans could take the opportunity to visit the Valencia CF club shop or book a tour of the stadium. The Marathon route also runs close to the Levante UD stadium (Km 13).
- Serranos Towers (Km 27): Don’t miss the view of the runners crossing the Turia riverbed towards this magnificent medieval gateway, as the race enters the historic city centre.
- Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Km 29): You don’t need to miss out on sightseeing in the old town. Visit the Cathedral and La Lonja before watching the runners pass by the City Hall.
- Calle Colon (Km 39-40): Still shopping to do? There are plenty of shops in the area to kill the time while you wait for the runners. Top it up with a nice coffee at the Colon Market afterwards.
- Turia Gardens: The race will run, at different points, along both sides of the Turia Gardens, between the Serranos Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences. A great place to spend Sunday!
After the race…
It is time to replenish your energy (even cheering can be hard work!) More than 40 restaurants in the city are offering special menus for the runners and their companions. And even top chefs like Quique Dacosta (El Poblet), Alejandro Platero (Macel Lum) or Diego Laso (Momiji) have joined in. Or try the healthy options on offer at La Bernarda or Bar & Kitchen at the Tapineria Market.