This autumn brings world-renowned sports events to the city
During October and November, Valencia will welcome athletes and sports fans from across the globe to a number of high profile events, including the 34th Full Marathon, 25th annual Half Marathon and the star-studded Valencia Open 500 tennis tournament.
Welcoming a record number of participants, this year’s Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon will take place on 15 November and represents one of the most popular events in the city’s sporting calendar. The day will include two events – a 10-kilometre run and the full, 40-kilometre challenge. Full-distance runners will travel a route that covers practically every corner of the city, finishing with a spectacular run over a 150-metre long above-water platform within the City of Arts and Sciences complex.
With more than 13,000 participants, the Valencia Half Marathon on 18th October is also eagerly anticipated. Spectators will no doubt be keen to see if any runner will smash the record of 58 minutes, 48 seconds set last year by Abraham Cheroben, in what was the fast half marathon of 2014 and sixth fastest ever run in the world.
Runners will follow the 21-kilometre route through the city centre and past iconic landmarks including the official Valencia football stadium, with the finish line located by the seafront.
This year marks the marathon’s 25th anniversary with 25 custom-designed events as well as a Falla competition. In a nod to Valencia’s famous spring festival, there will be awards given out to those falleros or falleras who can create the best atmosphere among the spectators at both the Marathon and Half Marathon events.
The Half Marathon has been awarded a Silver Medal from the Valencia International Association of Athletics Federations, marking it out as one of the best half marathons in the world. This year even the menu comes with its own accolade, courtesy of the folk at Michelin-starred restaurant Vertical who have agreed to cater for the runners.
Later in the month, some of the world’s highest-ranking tennis players will come to the city for the Open 500 tournament. Held at the City of Arts and Sciences, the tournament will run from 24 October-1 November and showcase eight of the top 30 ranking players in the world, including David Ferrer – who has won the tournament three times before – Fernando Verdasco, Nick Krygios and Tommy Robredo.
Tickets are limited edition and start at just 10 euros to ensure all tennis fans can grab a slice of the action. The newly built Centre Court facility – holding up to 3,500 spectators – is a highlight.
Valencia Open director, Juan Carlos Ferrero, said that visitors can, “enjoy a great tournament with fantastic players playing on a maximum level court and with tickets at prices to suit all budgets.”
It’s easier than you might think to get involved in the action, with a range of flights to Valencia from airports across the UK. London Gatwick offers up to four flights a day with EasyJet or Air Europa, while both East Midlands and Manchester Airports offer direct flights with Ryanair.
East Midlands also offer flights with Air France, Air Europa and Lufthansa via a variety of destinations, and travellers from Manchester Airport can take indirect flights with British Airways, Swiss Air, Air France and Iberia. Those travelling from Bristol Airport can choose from a selection of flights via various locations with BMI and Lufthansa.
- Official websites:http://www.valenciaciudaddelrunning.com/ (Marathons) www.valenciaopen.tennis (Open 500)
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maratonvalencia (Marathon) https://www.facebook.com/VCRunning (Half Marathon) https://www.facebook.com/ValenciaOpen (Open 500)
- Twitter: @MaratonValencia (Marathon) @MedioMaratonVLC (Half Marathon) @valencia_open (Open 500)