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The Barcelona Triathlon is changing its format this year and switching back to its traditional autumn dateIt is being held on 9 October and the registration period is already open! As usual there will be three levels of difficulty: Olympic (1,500 m swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running), Sprint (750 m swimming, 20 km cycling and 5 km running) and Supersprint (350 m swimming, 10 km cycling and 2.5 km running). All the distances can be covered individually, in pairs or in relay teams. Since 2008, the Barcelona Triathlon has become one of the major triathlons in the world, in terms of the participation of elite athletes and general competitors. Participants in the competition's eight previous editions have included world-class athletes and the best Catalan competitors, including Javi Gómez Noya, Ivan Raña, Cesc Godoy and Mario Mola. Nearly 5,000 competitors are taking part in the race.
The Barcelona Sports Institute has opened entries for the 38th Cursa de la Mercè, the Mercè festival 10K which will be held on Sunday 18 September, starting at 9.30 am. The registration process will remain open until 12 midnight on 11 September or till the number of entries reaches 17,000. Entries are also open for the adapted 2 km run, which is for people with disabilities or reduced mobility who cannot do the 10 km run In this case entries will close on 9 September.
The 38th Cursa de la Mercè will be the first race on the 2016-2017 calendar which counts towards the Challenge 10K. Once again there is a solidarity entrance fee of 5 euros.
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The Barcelona Sports Institute is promoting a "Singular Sports" campaign designed to raise awareness of these sports and where you can do them in Barcelona. The aim is to offer a range of lesser-known sports that you can take up in Barcelona. We kicked off with fencing, archery, horse riding, aeromodelling, rugby, stand-up paddle surfing, then track cycling and now it's the turn of climbing. We've been to the CEM Climbing La Foixarda to learn more about the facilities and the advantages of this municipal sports centre. Don't miss the eighth special feature in this series on the lesser-known sports people do in Barcelona!
During this summer season, the Vies Braves will liven up the city's sea routes. Barcelona has four sea routes that are specifically for swimming and snorkelling . Starting from two municipal sports centres, Espai del Mar and Centre Esportiu Mar Bella, users will be able to enjoy a spot of swimming while exploring the city beaches with the Nova Mar Bella, Mar Bella, Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià itineraries. The Vies Braves are a network of sea and open-water routes where people can do sports, leisure and educational activities.
Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Antifascist People's Olympics, which should have been held in Barcelona in 1936, in the week running from 19 to 26 July. These were meant to contrast the values of popular sport and antifascism to those of the Berlin Olympics organised by the Nazis. Unfortunately, they were never held, because the Spanish Civil War broke out on the day they were supposed to open. Barcelona is commemorating this important date with a series of events, notably the exhibition in the Open Camp sports park (at the Lluís Companys Stadium), which pays tribute to this historical sports event.
Barcelona City Council has launched a campaign intended to show the vital role that the 129 municipal sports centres play in giving a structure to the various neighbourhoods and encouraging people to take up sport. The campaign, characterised by highly skilled instructors, a very broad range of sports and prices adapted to various social groups and diverse families, also aims to publicise all the specialist centres offering sports that are hard to find in the city and the dozens of minority sports that can be pursued here. With the slogan “Municipal sports centres. Open to everyone”, the IBE is emphasising the fact that anyone can find a municipal sports centre near where they live. The campaign also includes putting 600 banners on the main city streets, on which passers-by will be able to read messages such as “129 sports centres waiting for you open-mouthed”, “1,300 instructors capable of arousing the sportsperson in you” and “200 prices, so anyone can do sport”.
29/07/2016 - 08:03
Municipal sports centres. The City Council's government commission has approved new social rates for the city's 39 municipal sports centres (CEM), with subscriptions for the 2016-2017 financial year.
29/07/2016 - 08:02
Cursa de la Mercè The Barcelona Institute of Sports has opened the registration period for the 38th Cursa de la Mercè race, which is being held on Sunday 18 September, starting at 9.30 am.
29/07/2016 - 08:01
Sport for everyone The eighth edition of '"Un estiu fantàstic" ends today, after five intense weeks of sport and leisure activities for children and young people.
28/07/2016 - 08:01
Marine itineraries. The snorkelling sessions in Barcelona's marine itineraries, run by Vies Braves, start next Wednesday, 3 August.
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