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33,000 people will run for ALS at the 44th El Corte Inglés La Cursa Race

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33,000 people will run for ALS at the 44th El Corte Inglés La Cursa Race

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  • Favourites to take a place on the podium include Xavi Tomassa, Carles Montllor and Bilal Ziadi. In the women’s category, Meritxell Soler, Cristina Silva and Douae Ouboukir.
  • The Race will take place this Sunday with the same route as last year, starting at Avenida Diagonal and the finish line at Plaza Catalunya

This Sunday, 5 May at 9 am, 33,000 people will run the 44th El Corte Inglés La Cursa Race in favour of the Fundació Catalana d’ELA Miquel Valls, which focuses its research on the fight against ALS and accompanying those affected by this disease and their families. This race is confirmed as a benchmark in equality in the athletic events calendar with a rate of female participation that is very similar to that of men. The organisers are also extremely satisfied with the varied age range of participants, a figure that exemplifies the festive, popular and vital nature of La Cursa Race.

Favourites include Xavi Tomassa, runner-up in Catalonia in the Marathon and champion in the Masters 35 category at the Zurich Marathon Barcelona 2024. Carles Montllor, who took second place in Spain over 50k in 2023. He also won silver in the European 2022 team 50 km race and has set the best half-marathon time with 01.05:3s; and Bilal Ziadi, who came in 4th in 2023. In the women’s category, favourites to take the victory include Catalan athlete Meritxell Soler, winner of the Cursa de Bombers and who is preparing for the Paris Olympics (marathon), along with Cristina Silva, winner of last year’s El Corte Inglés Race, and Douae Ouboukir, Cross champion in Catalonia.

The race will start at 9 am from Avenida Diagonal, in front of El Corte Inglés Diagonal, and will pass through Francesc Macià and Plaza de Cinc d’Oros to Paseo de Gràcia. From there it will turn onto Calle Aragó and again onto Calle Viladomat, following the Gran Vía to Calle Marina. In a small change this year, the race will continue along Calle Casp to the finish line in Plaza Catalunya.

Contributing to sustainable development and improving public mobility, this year Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is collaborating in the 44th edition of the El Corte Inglés La Cursa Race. When they pick up their numbers, participants will be given a single ticket valid for both underground and buses to travel on the day of the race. Individual travel tickets have been made available to runners and will be handed out while stocks last.

US brand Under Armour is once again the official sponsor of the El Corte Inglés La Cursa Race. Specialising in sports fashion and equipment and following the success of last year, Under Armour has once again produced a limited edition charity T-shirt and proceeds will go to the Fundació Catalana d’ELA Miquel Valls. Priced at €18.99, T-shirts can be bought at El Corte Inglés Portal de l’Àngel and Diagonal.

Once again, the El Corte Inglés La Cursa Race will have 30,000 litres of Veri water and 20,000 litres of Aquarius Zero available for all participants as these brands are committed to sport and charity.

More than one thousand people are involved in the organisation, from El Corte Inglés, RPM, Guàrdia Urbana, Institut Barcelona Esports, Federació Catalana d’Atletisme, Creu Roja and Voluntaris 2000, all ready to make sure the race runs smoothly. This Sunday, 5 May, Barcelona welcomes La Cursa Race!

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