Challenge Barcelona-Maresme, the long distance triathlon in Spain, which takes place on 30 September, reportedly has a total of 1,400 participants across 30 nationalities registered thus far. A total of 1,800 athletes are expected on race day, with a significant number of spectators, projected at 35,000 by the race organisers.
Challenge Barcelona-Maresme was distinguished by the Spanish Triathlon Federation (FETRI : Federación Española de Triatlón), as the best triathlon in Spain in 2010 and 2011. This year’s event has incorporated a new circuit that crosses 15 municipalities of Maresme from Santa Susanna to Montgat.
The Maresme area is seen as ideal for family holidays as well as racing, since ideal temperatures prevail throughout the year, thanks to the Mediterranean climate.
The start and finish of Challenge Barcelona-Maresme are located in the tourist capital city of la Costa del Maresme, Calella. This town has a 3 kilometre beach and countless beautiful places to visit. The Maresme region is close to two international airports, Barcelona and Girona.
The swim is in the crystal clear waters of the sea while the predominantly flat three lap cycle heads along the coastal road towards Barcelona as far as El Masnou with closed roads. The flat four lap run heads along the beach front and loops back through the seaside towns of Pineda de Mar and Santa Susanna before finishing on the beach in the heart of Calella.
Challenge Barcelona-Maresme is part of the Challenge Family series that features 13 races across three continents.