The registration period for the physical version of the Cursa de la Mercè 2020 closes on 15 September. The run takes place this weekend, on 19 and 20 September. There are four start times on each day (8 am, 8.45 am, 9.30 am and 10.30 am), with a maximum of 375 runners setting off at each time, according to their accredited times for this distance. Participants will have to complete the 10 kilometre run by doing two laps of a 5 kilometre circuit, setting off from Av. Litoral with C/ Josep Pla and finishing at the athletics track at La Mar Bella Municipal Sports Centre.
As for the virtual version of the event, the registration period closes on 16 September. People participating in this version can run 2 km, 5 km or 10 km over the weekend (from 12.01 am on 19 September to 11.59 pm on 20 September) with no time limit, wherever they like, but completing the selected distance. Runners in this version of the event simply need to download the mobile app which will register their route via geolocalisation and which will shortly be available in Android and iOS stores.
Once the app is installed, runners can use it with the access data supplied to them in advance by email. When the moment comes to run the event, participants simply access the app, choose the distance they want to run and press the play button. The app will start to record their progress. Once the chosen distance is covered, the app notifies the user that the run has been completed and allows them to download their finisher’s certificate from the runner control panel (https://cursavirtual.barcelona/login). This same panel enables runners to download their number bib for the virtual run.
All the money raised by this year’s event will go to the Marató de TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio, which is devoted to research into Covid-19.