Barcelona Marathon

Barcelona Marathon 'could put runners through their paces'

People staying in Barcelona hotels should get their running shoes on and head to the gym if they want to train in time to participate in the city's annual marathon.

The Barcelona Marathon was first run in 1977 and since then ahs established itself as something of an institution that is bound to put competitors through their paces and test their speed and stamina as they travel through the city.

In 2010 it will be taking place on March 7th, so people may still have the opportunity to start training if they want to participate.

They will have to be up bright and early however, as the action begins at 08:30 local time 0n Avinguda Maria Cristina, which is named after Maria Cristina, Queen Consort and Queen Regent of Spain.

Although the first runners begin to cross the finish line at around 10:40 local time, those who are perhaps not as speedy have up to six hours after the start of the event to complete the challenge.

It will also be split into several sub-categories to divide contestants depending on their age and ability.

Nearly 10,000 people registered for the Barcelona Marathon in 2009, compared to just over 4,000 in 2006.

If you're heading to the Barcelona Marathon this year, we strongly advise that you book your hoteles Barcelona as soon as possible, given the huge popularity of the event.

Experience LA at Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair 2010


Fans of American culture and art have the opportunity to see a showcase dedicated to all that Los Angeles has to offer at the Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair 2010.

Set to take place between February 17th and 21st 2010, the event will be held at the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos 1 (IFEMA), which is within easy reach of the wide array of Madrid hotels.

The organisers explained that the showcase is set to attract a range of people from the artistic sector, from gallery owners, private collectors, aficionados and those who are simply keen to take a look at the works on display.

A total of 17 galleries will showcase work dedicated to the city of Los Angeles, which the coordinators of the event describe as one of the global epicentres of the modern art scene. The galleries will be curated by Kris Kuramitsu and Christopher Miles.

Media set to be used at the event include sculpture, painting, installation, photography and video.

Online resource WhatsOnWhen notes that tickets for the event are on sale now and that a number of different packages are available. Passes range in cost from €32 (£28.49) to €66 and a number of concessionary deals are also on offer.

Jessica Reading, head of marketing for LateRooms, commented: "Demand for Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair is always significant and we recommend that anyone considering attending should book their hoteles Madrid as early as possible."

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