The agreement was signed virtually at lunchtime today, in a ceremony attended by David Escudé, City Councillor, Susana Closa, Manager of the Barcelona Institute of Sports and Maria Salamero, head of Communication and Sustainability at Aigües de Barcelona.
Aigües de Barcelona will be present at the Cursa de la Mercè 2020, distributing 3,000 bottles of water to runners taking part in the fun run. The water will be distributed from a single refreshment point along the route, located as runners arrive at the Mar Bella municipal sports centre, and supplied in fully biodegradable cups. A volunteer wearing a face mask and gloves will be on hand at the distribution point to turn water supply taps on and off.
This year’s run has a different format and is being held on 19 and 20 September as part of the festivities for La Mercè. The run will have two formats: in-person and virtual.
The physical version follows a new 10 km route, with two laps of a 5 km circuit starting at Av. Litoral/Carrer de Josep Pla and ending up at the athletics track at the Mar Bella municipal sports centre. Participants will be split into eight reduced start groups of 375 runners, over two morning sessions on 19 and 20 September.
In the virtual run, each participant will take part individually at any time on these two days without being restricted to any particular route, accompanied by an app developed for the occasion that will record their route using geolocation technology.
This format will consist of three distances (2 km, 5 km and 10 km). Participants can take part anywhere in the world and even walk the distance if they can’t run it.
As usual, the run will be a solidarity event, but with a difference: all money raised through registrations (€5) will go to TV3’s and Catalunya Ràdio’s La Marató, which focuses on Covid-19 research on this occasion. That is why, more than ever, the 42nd La Mercè Fun Run will be a festival of solidarity open to everyone.