The 37th El Corte Inglés Run Race, leader in Europe in chip control
The 37th El Corte Inglés Run Race starts a new edition full of innovations which take this historic event to a higher level in terms of quality. Aiming to offer stricter control and rigour to the race, the organizers will supply each runner (without a yellow chip) with a bib number that incorporates a chip. This bib number, which is personal, non-transferable and to be used only once, allows the participant to get an exact reference of their running time, thanks to the different controls established along the route. This innovation places the El Corte Inglés race as the athletic event with the highest number of participants and the most time-controlled in Europe; and only surpassed on a worldwide level by the Hong Kong Marathon, according to data from the prestigious Dutch company which controls the timing for sports events, My Laps Sports Timing.
The 37th El Corte Inglés Run Race will take place on Sunday 12th April at 9.30 am. The participants will run the 10.766 km route, through the main streets of Barcelona. As each year, this traditional circuit, certified by the Federació Catalana d’Atletisme, will, as usual, go through the Olympic Stadium (Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc); and, this year, this stage of the race has special significance. Because, in this thirty-seventh edition, it is 25 years since the race passed through the stadium for the first time on 27th May 1990. An anniversary which makes this year's race even more celebratory.
The starting point is in Passeig de Gràcia / Gran Via, where there will be several corrals, according to time records, for the most competitive athletes running with their own yellow chips. These athletes can only register (free of charge), through the official race website (cursaelcorteingles.cat) until Thursday 9th April or until 10,000 runners have enrolled. All registered athletes will be able to pick up their bib number on the 10th and 11th April on the second floor of El Corte Inglés in Portal de l’Àngel. In the 2014 edition, a total of 7,516 athletes took part in this category, 24% (1.782) of whom, were women. Regarding the rest of the participants, more than 51% were women, that is, 34,003 women out of the 65,910 participants running without a yellow chip.
The El Corte Inglés Run Race is the most multitudinous of all those included in the Challenge BCN10k and for this reason, the organizers will place a control at the 10-kilometer point so the athletes can confirm their timing at this point close to the finish line positioned, as always, in Plaça Catalunya. Those runners, who finish the race, having passed through all the control points established along the route, can receive a diploma and the trophies awarded according to different age groups and categories.
Free register on-line
Register starts on Tuesday 3rd March through the website cursaelcorteingles.cat and will finish on Thursday 9th April at 10 pm. All those runners (without a yellow chip) who choose this more environmentally-friendly option, can receive important incentives. Those who prefer it, can also register free of charge at the stands next to the different El Corte Inglés and Hipercor stores in Catalunya, until the day before the race.
During the registering period, El Corte Inglés in Portal de l’Àngel will increase their service of footstep analysis, situated on the second floor of their store. By means of a treadmill and a camera connected to a computer, the programme analyses the athlete's footstep. The results obtained help improve the runner's performance. They also recommend the best footwear to prevent future injury. This service is completely free of charge and can also be requested by making an appointment in advance through the website runacademy.es.
Run Academy is a running club, linked to El Corte Inglés, which offers information, promotions and different services to all its members. For the 37th El Corte Inglés Run Race, all those registered on their website will have the opportunity to train and share impressions and advice with the winners of the 2014 edition, just a few days before the event takes place.
You are the first in the race
With this slogan, for the first time in its 36-year history, the El Corte Inglés Run Race has used an all-encompassing campaign to promote the event on the 12th April. Different profiles (boy and girl runners, the adolescent girl, the young hipster and the 'grandfather' sportsman) are the image of an edition that is trying to identify itself with each and every one of the people who run through the streets of Barcelona for a variety of reasons. It is the gratitude of the organization to the 2,109,050 people who, in the thirty six years of the race, have participated in this event free of charge. The motive is no other than to enjoy the traditional athletic celebration that this day represents, with a clear message: “You are the first in the race”.
Since 1993, many personalities from the world of sport or culture have supported the race, giving, in an uninterested way, a message of support to the biggest charitable event in Europe. This year, the FC Barcelona player, Gerard Piqué; captain of the RCD Espanyol, Sergio García; the actor and presenter Quim Masferrer; Europe's best waterpolo player 2014 and player for the Club Natació Sabadell, Maica García; the world record holder in 50 metre butterfly stroke, Rafa Muñoz; and the winner of last year's edition of the race, Hasna Bahom, have been chosen to promote the present edition. All of them have shown a special interest for this traditional sporting celebration and for the solidarity, which have become part of the cultural heritage of the citizens of Barcelona and Catalunya.
Agua Veri and Coca-Cola, official suppliers for the race
The 37th El Corte Inglés Run Race, yet again, is provided with more than 20,000 litres of Coca-Cola and 50,000 litres of water from Veri which these 2 companies, committed to sport, place at the disposal of all the participants.
Furthermore, 1,300 people ensure the quality and services of the biggest and rigorous race in Europe. A large group of representatives and volunteer staff from El Corte Inglés, Guardia Urbana, personnel from the Institut Barcelona Esports and from Circulació de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, from the Federació Catalana d’Atletisme, from la Creu Roja and Voluntaris 2000 guarantee everything runs smoothly throughout the almost 11 kilometres of the race.
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2014 / 36th edition — Abderrahim El Jaafari (32'38") / Hasna Bahom (39'24")
2013 / 35th edition — Mohamed Benhmbarka (32'5") / Hasna Bahom (39'16")
2012 / 34th edition — Abderrahim El Jaafari (32'43") / Raquel Parrado (39'46")
2011 / 33rd edition — Mohamed Benhmbarka (33'12") / Meritxell Calduch (38'58")
2010 / 32nd edition — Mohamed Benhmbarka (33'04") / Louise Brown (40'13")
2009 / 31st edition — Mohamed Benhmbarka (33'23") / Meritxell Calduch (38'59")
2008 / 30th edition — Mohamed Benhmbarka (33'39") / Louise Brown (39'56")
2007 / 29th edition — Pol Guillén (33'11") / Louise Brown (38'51")
2006 / 28th edition — Pol Guillén (33'11") / Isabel Eizmendi (39'23")
2005 / 27th edition — Pol Guillén (33'41") / Raquel Parrado (41'20")
2004 / 26th edition — Roger Roca Dalmau (40'17") / Isabel Eizmendi (46'00")
2003 / 25th edition — Victor Morente Guerrero (33'05") / Wahbi Kenza (37'35")
2002 / 24th edition — Fco. Javier Caballero (32'37") / Wahbi Kenza (38'18")
2001 / 23rd edition — Driss Lakhouja (32'41") / Wahbi Kenza (38'37")
2000 / 22nd edition — Driss Lakhouja (32'42") / Eva Sanz (38'22")
1999 / 21st edition — Pere Arco (32'53") / Eva Sanz (37'46")
1998 / 20th edition — Fco. Javier Caballero (32'04") / Eva Sanz (38'00")
1997 / 19th edition — Josep Ma Roselló (33'06") / Eva Sanz (38'57")
1996 / 18th edition — Juan Ramón Muñoz (33'48") / Carme Brunet Folch (39'31")
1995 / 17th edition — Juan Ramón Muñoz (33'22") / Núria Pastor (38'32")
1994 / 16th edition — Fco. Javier Cortés (33'55") / Núria Pastor (40'23")
1993 / 15th edition — Juan Ramón Muñoz (33'30") / Núria Pastor (39'28")
1992 / 14th edition — Joan Viudes (34'10") / Núria Pastor (39'46")
1991 / 13th edition — David Pujolar (35'02") / Núria Pastor (40'23")
1990 / 12th edition — Joan Viudes (34'58") / Marina Prat (40'47")
1989 / 11th edition — Joan Viudes (31'09") / Marina Prat (36'28")
1988 / 10th edition — Joan Viudes (31'37") / Marina Prat (36'14")
1987 / 9th edition — Federico Wilmot (32'00") / Joaquima Casas (38'52")
1986 / 8th edition — Pere Casacuberta (39'41") / Joaquima Casas (39'41")
1985 / 7th edition — Juan A. Balsera (31'33") / Joaquima Casas (38'56")
1984 / 6th edition — Pere Casacuberta (29'52") / Montse Miralles (39'37")
1983 / 5th edition — Juan A. Balsera (29'43") / Joaquima Casas (39'33")
1982 / 4th edition — Antonio Cánovas (30'01) / Juanita Cañadas (38'56")
1981 / 3rd edition — J.M. Bartolomé (30'31") / Silvia Barrientos (40'28")
1980 / 2nd edition — J.M. Bartolomé (35'11") / M. Reyes Sobrino (42'37")
1979 / 1st edition — Domingo Catalán (28'47") / Antonia Griñó (36'05")