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Be part of this one-of-a-kind race designed for all types of running enthusiasts, which will take place on 22 September 2019. Not only is this your chance to participate in a legendary downhill marathon event, but it is also an opportunity to witness those (or have a go yourself!) attempting to break the yet-to-be-broken 2-hour marathon barrier!
The prime backdrop of the World’s Fastest Marathon is the dramatic, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Sierra Nevada National Park (Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada), which covers over 86,000ha in Spain’s Andalucia region. This mountain range is, in fact, the highest point in continental Spain.
The route begins above the ski resort town of Pradollano. The starting line is positioned at an altitude of 2,605 meters (8,546 feet) above sea level. From here, runners will dash down a paved route that makes a sweeping, serpentine-like descent through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The entire route is almost 100% downhill (less than 1km is without decline) with an altitude drop of 1,938 meters (6,358 feet) and an average descent of 4.6%, ensuring running tempos remain high.
The halfway mark is located at an altitude of approximately 1,700 meters (5,577 feet).
The finish line is positioned at Celador Del Paseo Del Salon, a beautiful park in the center of Granada.
Race Officials reserve the right to make adjustments to the route, as necessary. View the route here.
Permanent residents of Spain and Gibraltar can opt for "race only" entry by presenting a permanent residency permit or a Spanish passport. Upon receiving your race entry, we will contact you to request copies of your official, government-issued documentation.
If you have additional questions about “race-only entry” for residents and Spanish passport holders, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.