Parallel Events

The Paella Party brings together thousands of runners and their companions on the day before the Valencia Marathon, serving up the region’s most international dish (paella, a rice-based delight). This will give athletes a delicious carbohydrate boost to run the world’s best marathon.

Breakfast Run. This is a training run held on the day before the Valencia Marathon. It begins very close to The Runners’ Fair. Athletes from many countries will run the 5-kilometre circuit. The race ends with breakfast comprising traditional Valencian fare.

Valencia MAPFRE Mini-Marathon. This activity is held in parallel to the Valencia Marathon. Young children take part in it, running on the same exit bridge used by the grown-ups. The races are over varying distances, depending on the category of these ‘little athletes’.

School Marathon. This is an education initiative to give running a boost in Infant and Primary Schools, to discover the sport and to learn through play.

Through the ‘Shops also run the Marathon‘ initiative, establishments in the city’s old centre support the Valencia Marathon by holding a competition of shop-window displays, thus providing information and adding to the festive atmosphere on the day of the race.

Music & Run sets the beat and lays on music through various concerts and DJs next to the entrance to Valencia’s Runners’ Fair — which is where athletes pick up their bibs, chips, and Runner’s Bags for the Marathon and the 10-kilometre Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Race.

Rookies’ Corner is a forum in which experts drawn from various fields (training, health, nutrition, and foot-care) give talks that are full of useful tips for those running a marathon for the first time.

Running Fallero brings Valencia Ciudad de Running’s ‘Fallas’ Associations onboard for the big day. There will be a competition for the best association Marathon support points and a classification for Fallero runners in the trial. Other initiatives are held throughout the year.

Children’s Activities embody the sporting spirit found in running. The sport is a perfect excuse for holding thrilling activities in which youngsters are the stars.

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