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  • Presentation

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 ( 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 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

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”.

Committed Supporters

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")

Social awareness

The most charitable race, 30 years helping social institutions and non-governmental organizations

Institut Guttmann - Neuro-rehabilitation Hospital ( is the associated entity which will benefit from all the promotional material that the El Corte Inglés Run Race provides them with, to publicize the great work they are doing. This institution is a point of reference for surgical treatment and complete rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain damage or other neurological disability.

Opened in Barcelona in the year 1965, the Institut Guttmann was the first Hospital in Spain devoted to caring for patients with spinal cord injuries. Later, this hospital extended their work to other seriously disabling pathologies of the central nervous system, especially traumatic brain injury and severe strokes in young people. Nowadays, they have at their disposal a modern and practical building of more than 17,000 m2, specially designed for the work it has to carry out and which opened in Badalona in the year 2002.

The Institut Guttmann has become one of the most advanced hospitals and of international reference in its specialization. This has been possible thanks also to their institutional culture, their own working methods based on a rehabilitation that is complete, intensive and personalized, and a decided interest in innovation and quality care, its instructive and investigative potential, the personal and professional treatment from all the team, made up of more than 400 professionals, and more than 20,000 patients they look after, as well as their strong social commitment. Throughout 2015, therefore, they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.

This charitable aspect to the El Corte Inglés Run Race began in the 1986 edition, thanks to the support it gave to Sport Aid – Everyone runs for Africa. Since then, the event has joined together with many charitable initiatives to highlight and increase the work carried out by entities like Manos Unidas (1994 and 2006), Creu Roja (1996 and 2008), Unicef – Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (1999), Metges Sense Fronteres (2000), El Casal dels Infants del Raval (2007), Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down (2009), FERO la Fundación de Investigación Oncológica (2010), Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer – Catalunya Contra el Càncer (2011), Fundació Banc dels Aliments (2012), Fundació Ictus, malaltia vascular (2013) or Ulls del Món (2014).

The El Corte Inglés Run Race joined the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 1992, and the celebration of events like the 150th anniversary of the local police - Guardia Urbana (1993), The 10th Police and Firemen World Games (2003) or The Universal Forum of Cultures (2004), are also four good examples of this union between the race and the city where it takes place.

Celebrities in La Cursa

  • 2015 / 37th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Hasna Bahom, Maica García, Sergio García, Quim Masferrer, Rafa Muñoz, Gerard Piqué.

  • 2014 / 36th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Albert Om, Gerard López, Laura Ester, Marcel Granollers, Nadu Jubany, Ona Carbonell.

  • 2013 / 35th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Pedro Rodríguez, Jordi Alba, Joan Verdú, Ricky Rubio, Joel González i Anni Espar.

  • 2012 / 34th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Xavi Hernández, David Villa, Joan Verdú, Laia Sanz i Sergio Dalma.

  • 2011 / 33rd a Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Jorge Lorenzo, Toni Elías, Marc Márquez, Natalia Rodríguez, Ferran Adrià, Ainhoa Arteta.

  • 2010 / 32nd Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Pedro de la Rosa, Alberto Contador, Carme Ruscalleda, Tricicle, Jordi Labanda, Josep Baselga.

  • 2009 / 31st Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Ricky Rubio, Bojan Krkic, Mauricio Pochettino, Marc Coma, Pol Amat, Mireia Belmonte, Judit Mascó.

  • 2008 / 30th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Rudy Fernández, Ernesto Valverde, Erika Villaécija, El Canto del Loco.

  • 2007 / 29th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Leo Messi, Frank Rijkaard, Ferran Corominas, Marc Gasol,El Sueño de Morfeo.

  • 2006 / 28th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Deco, Luís García, Fran Vázquez.

  • 2005 / 27th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Upa Dance, Freddie Ljumberg, Maxi Rodríguez, Rudy Fernández, Carlos Kameni, Beatriz Luengo, Maxi López, Ismael Prados, Samuel Eto'o, Andy García.

  • 2004 / 26th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Frank Rijkaard, Victor Valdés, Jordi Cruyff, Mauricio Pochettino, Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Dejan Bodiroga, Nani Roma, Sete Gibernau, Dani Pedrosa, Gemma Mengual, David Bisbal, Estopa.

  • 2003 / 25th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Luis Enrique, Bonano, Javier Clemente, Toni Jiménez, Àlex Corretja, Albert Costa, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyà, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Operación Triunfo (Beth, Joan Tena, Toni Santos).

  • 2002 / 24th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    José Corbacho, Santi Millán, Marc Colomer, Javier Saviola, Alberto Lopo, Valero Rivera, Toni Elías, Toni Velamazán, Operación Triunfo (Gisela, Natalia, Alex), Carles Puyol, Pau Gasol, Tricicle (Carles Sans, Joan Gràcia, Paco Mir).

  • 2001 / 23rd Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Antonio Canales, Gervasio Deferr, María Vasco, Gerard López, Gabri, Juan Carlos Navarro, Roger Garcia, Toni Soldevilla, David Meca.

  • 2000 / 22nd Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Plats Bruts (Joel Joan, Jordi Sánchez, Mònica Glaenzel), Manel Estiarte, Xavi, Kluivert, Paco (Santi Millán), Quique De Lucas, Raúl Tamudo.

  • 1999 / 21st Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Joan Creus, Abelardo, Ronald de Boer, Frank de Boer, Sergi Barjuan, Phillipe Cocu, Els Pets, Jordi González, Santi Villas, Xavier Grasset.

  • 1998 / 20th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Andreu Buenafuente, Oriol Grau, Fermí Fernández, Luis Figo, Enric Masip, Mari Pau Huguet, Nicolas Ouedec, Àlex Corretja, Toni Soler, Albert Om, Rosa Andreu.

  • 1997 / 19th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Carlos Moyá, Mauricio Pochettino, Paco Morán, Joan Pera, Abel Antón, Fermín Cacho, Sasha Djorjevic, Vitor Baía, Carlos Sáinz.

  • 1996 / 18th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Theresa Zabell, Martín Fiz, Jordi Villacampa, Conchita Martínez, Arturas Karnishovas, Jim Courier, Toni Jiménez, Jordi Lardín, Sergi Barjuan, Albert Ferrer.

  • 1995 / 17th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Montserrat Caballé, Joan Manuel Serrat, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Ronald Koeman, Pete Sampras, Magic Jonson.

  • 1994 / 16th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    Sergi Bruguera, Gemma Nierga, Susana Grisó, Fina Brunet, Xavier Sardà, Hristo Stoichkov, José María Bakero, Miguel Indurain, Judith Mascó, Dr. Josep Corbella, Juan Antonio Samaranch.

  • 1993 / 15th Cursa El Corte Inglés

    José Luis Doreste, Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi", Johan Cruyff, Lloll Beltrán, Xavier Escaich, Joan Viudes, Màgic Andreu, Emilio Sánchez Vicario, Josep Guardiola, Reyes Sobrino, Àngel Marín, Pasqual Maragall, Jordi Pujol.




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26 / 3 / 2015

La Cursa El Corte Inglés, on the way to become the largest and most rigorous race in Europe

The 37th Cursa El Corte Inglés is going to be the athletic meeting with the most number of participants and the most rigorous in Europe. This is indicated by the rate of inscriptions, which stood at 43,560 people, at 10.00 hours on today Thursday 26th march.
Following this progression, the Cursa would overcome other races like La Parisienne or European Rock'n'Roll Series, an integrated circuit with several European cities with the participation of 60,000 people.
With the incorporation of the bib number chip for popular athletes (no yellow chip), the organization gives better quality control and rigor to the Race. The bib number chip, personal, non-transferable and single use, gives riders an accurate reference time due to various controls located along the route. In order to get the diploma and the different trophies awarded per category, it is necessary to finish the race, having passed through the different time controls established along the route. Participants must be registered at all time controls.
Free Registration will remain open on the web until Thursday 9th April at 22:00. Among total participants, almost 60% of them have registered online.

19 / 3 / 2015

La Cursa El Corte Inglés joins the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Institut Guttmann

La Cursa El Corte Inglés joins this anniversary in which Institut Guttmann ( will benefit from all the promotional material that the El Corte Inglés Run Race provides them with.
The Neurorehabilitation Hospital is a reference institution in the medical and surgical treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury or other neurological disabilities. It was the first hospital in Spain dedicated to the care of patients with spinal cord injury. Later, this hospital was extended to other severely disabling diseases by central nervous system, especially head trauma and severe stroke in young people. Currently, it has a modern building in Badalona, inaugurated in 2002.
This solidarity slope of the Cursa El Corte Ingles was born in 1986. Since that edition, the race has joined many social and charitable initiatives to disseminate and promote the work done by different social entities.
Registrations are increasing apace. Today at 11.00 am a total of 32.462 people have already registered.

12 / 3 / 2015

37a Cursa El Corte Inglés, almost has 20.000 registered

In only 9 days, 19.690 people have already registered for the event on Sunday 12th April.
From March, 3 until today at 11 am a total of 19.690 runners have already registered to the 37a Cursa El Corte Ingles. 59% of registrations have been done online. 3.571 of them are runners with yellow chip, while the rest will use the new chip number that organization has introduced this year, in order to offer a more rigorous time testing.
This makes the Race El Corte Inglés the athletic event with highest number of participants and the most time-controlled race of Europe as well as the second worldwide.
In this edition, Institut Guttmann - Hospital de Neurorehabilitació ( is the associated entity to be disseminated by La Cursa El Corte Inglés. This year, Institut Guttmann celebrates its 50th anniversary.

3 / 3 / 2015

Presentation 37a Cursa El Corte Inglés

Today, the 37th El CorteInglés Run Race has been presented. It will take place on Sunday 12th April at 9:30 am through the main streets of Barcelona. The starting point will be in Passeig de Gràcia/Gran Via.
This edition is full of innovations, one of the most relevant is that each runner (without a yellow chip) will have a bib number that incorporates a chip, that allows the participant to get an exact reference of the running time.
Register on-line starts today 3rd March through the website and will finish on Thursday 9th April al 10pm.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.
A la cursa el 1er ets tu.


Can we just enroll 10,000 participants ? The number of yellow chip runners is limited to 10,000. For runners without yellow chip there is no limitation.

I've registered myself in the race but I have not received the confirmation email. What should I do ? Check your spam folder, the confirmation email could be there. If it is not there, wait 24 hours. If it still does not arrive, send us a message, but don't register yourself again.

Should I pay to participate in the race? No, the Carrera del Corte Inglés is free.

Can minors run the race? The minimum age to participate in the chip mode is 14 years old. All children under 16 need the permission of one parent and must be accompanied by an adult.

Where can I buy a yellow chip? The yellow chip is personal. You can buy it in sports stores. In this link you have a list of centers in Barcelona and Catalonia where you will find them:

Where and when can yellow chip runners pick up the number? The numbers for runners with yellow chip will be allocated according to the registered mark. Runners can pick it up at the second floor of the Corte Ingles Portal del Ángel since 10 to 11 April. Do not forget your registration sheet and/or your DNI. You can provide registration sheet via mobile.

What about non yellow chip runners? You can pick your number up in the centre you prefer until 11 April at 21.30 h. You have to carry the registration sheet.

Can I pick up the number of a friend or familiar? Yes, whether they run with yellow chip or not, providing their registration sheet and their DNI.

Are there blocks in the starting line? Yes, the starting line is divided into blocks and runners will access depending on the number. Runners with yellow chip will depart from the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia with Gran Via. The other participants will depart from Plaza Catalunya.

If I have chip, in which block will you place me? Yellow chip runners' mark have already been registered automatically. So, we will place you in the appropriate block depending on your mark.

Can I bring a stroller ? No, you can't access to the blocks of the starting line with any wheel device, nor carts , nor handbikes or wheelchairs, etc.

What if I miss the yellow chip at home? You will run in non yellow chip mode, so remember to carry it!

May I know the time I have done if I do not wear the yellow chip? With the bib number chip, you will be able to know the time I´ve done, it will be informed in your diploma.

If I do not carry yellow chip, will I appear on lists by position? There´s no list by position, but with the bib number chip you will be able to know exactly your time and you position, it will be informed in your diploma.

When will I get my diploma? Between 27 April and 9 May at the same centre you picked up your number and in centre Portal de l´Àngel if you registred in the stand of Pl. de Catalunya. You have to carry your registration sheet o the number. You can also take another runners' diploma if you have their registration sheets.

Mayor Greetings

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia and one of the world capitals of sport, fully supports sporting events like the Cursa El Corte Ingles, the crowdest urban athletic career in Europe and second in the world.

For the last 37 years the Cursa El Corte Ingles is a key event in our sporting calendar and this year, thousands of citizens will have the opportunity again to participate in this great sports festival, which runs through the center of town and passes through key points of the Olympic legacy.

Throughout its history, this sporting event has been essential to turn Barcelona into a city where running is practiced regularly in all street circuits and all hours of the day. And this is very important because the sport not only brings health benefits to people who practice it, and also values and social cohesion throughout the city.

All this is possible thanks to the collaboration of the wide network of organizations, clubs, sports federations and companies in Barcelona, and the wider public and private quality sports installations that promote the sport from grass root to high performance.

This is how, together, we continue to promote the sport capital of Barcelona, so the City Council committed to the sport as an essential element to improve the welfare and quality of life of people.

The popular character of the Cursa El Corte Inglés allows everyone to participate, no matter how old they are. And it is a great opportunity to play sports together and fill the streets of the city with a healthy activity.

I invite you to participate and continue making the Cursa El Corte Inglés of Barcelona a great sporting event of international reference.

Xavier Trias
Mayor of Barcelona


  • Start
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  • Finish
  • Provisioning
  • Creu Roja

In two and a half hours you can cover the Cursa's 10.766 km, even by walking.
distance has been officially recognized by the Catalan Athletics Federation.

Digital circuit

Discover the profile of the race

Discover the profile of the race


  1. The 37th CURSA EL CORTE INGLES is a walking race, open to everyone, which will take place on April 12th 2015. There is no entry fee.
  2. The route, certified by the Federació Catalana d'Atletisme, is 10.766 km long, around the streets of Barcelona.
  3. The starting line is at Passeig de Gràcia - Gran Via at 9.30 am. The place and the order at the starting line have to be respected.
  4. There are two ways of participating:


    1. The registration can be carried out through the website before 10 pm on Thursday 9th April, or until 10,000 people have been registered.
    2. The bib numbers, given according to the previous results, have to be collected on the 10th and 11th of April at the store in Portal de l'Àngel (2nd floor).
    3. The starting line is made up of corrals. Access to each corral depends on the participant's bib number. Participants reach the starting line through Gran Via.
    4. The minimum age to participate with a chip is 14 years. Under-sixteens must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
    5. It is forbidden to enter the yellow-chip starting corrals with any equipment that has wheels (pushchairs, handbikes, wheelchairs...).

    7. This year all runners without a yellow chip will have a bib number with a chip on the back. This innovation will allow participants to have an exact reference of the time recorded at the race.
    8. In order for the bib number chip to be read, it has to be visible at the front of the body without anything covering it. If an object covers the bib number-chip (arms, rucksack, clothing...) it won't be read.
    9. Registration can be carried out through the website before 10 pm on Thursday 9th April.
    10. Runners who register online, will be able to opt to exclusive incentives.
    11. Registration can also be carried out at any of our El Corte Inglés or Hipercor stores in Catalunya before 9.30 pm on Saturday 11th April.
    12. The starting line can be reached from Plaça Catalunya.
    13. To guarantee the safety of participants, all people with reduced mobility or those accompanying pushchairs or any other equipment with wheels, have to take up the rear positions at the start at Plaça Catalunya.
  5. All participants have to wear the corresponding bib number on their chest.
  6. Under eighteens will only be able to participate with the authorisation from one of their parents and under their responsibility.
  7. The only vehicles authorised to follow the event will be those of the organisation.
  8. The finish line will be at Plaça Catalunya and will close at 12 o'clock midday.
  9. Both the yellow chip and the bib number chip are personal and non-transferable. In order to get the diploma and the different trophies awarded per category, it is necessary to finish the race, having passed through the different time controls established along the route.
  10. El Corte Inglés will award 150 trophies to the first three athletes with yellow chips and bib number chips, male and female, according to the following thirteen age groups:
    • — Born before 1930
    • — Born between 1930 and 1935
    • — Born between 1936 and 1939
    • — Born between 1940 and 1945
    • — Born between 1946 and 1955
    • — Born between 1956 and 1965
    • — Born between 1966 and 1975
    • — Born between 1976 and 1985
    • — Born between 1986 and 1995
    • — Born between 1996 and 1998
    • — Born between 1999 and 2001
    • — Born between 2002 and 2004
    • — Born between 2005 and 2010
    • — The first classified male and the first female will also obtain el "Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona", awarded by l'Ajuntament de Barcelona.
  11. The diploma certifying the time can be picked up at any El Corte inglés or Hipercor stores from 27th April to 9th May.
  12. Apart from the organisers of the Cursa El Corte Inglés, there is also collaboration from sports and city authorities, local police Guardia Urbana, Voluntaris 2000 and the Red Cross.
  13. El Corte Inglés and the above-mentioned entities will not be responsible for any accidents or injuries caused by or worsened during the race nor for injuries suffered by participants or third parties.
  14. The fact of participating in this race supposes acceptance of these norms and the decisions taken by the organisation in those cases where the mentioned norms have not been taken into account.


From the medical-health point of view, and even though the "EL CORTE INGLÉS CURSA", rather than being a competitive race, – mostly reserved for federated participants only – it is a popular race in which all citizens are invited to participate, it would nevertheless be useful to take into consideration a number of aspects when giving advise to any person that is not an athlete and that wishes to take part in a long distance race.

Before the race

  • We believe that every participant should undertake a proper medical check up that would make it possible to know his or her sporting aptitudes. We would further think that a medical check would be particularly required in the case of persons with a history of heart or respiratory, joint, metabolism, hypertension or other substantial medical complaints or that are over 60 years.
  • Female runners experiencing an abundant menstruation are advised not to participate in the race.
  • Runners should eat a light meal 3 or 4 hours before the race. The meal must be especially rich in complex carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, rice, muesli, etc.). It is not necessary to consume a protein rich diet. It would be advisable to avoid fats and an excessive sugar intake.
  • It would be advisable to have a hot bath and a massage and to stretch the night before the race.
  • Rest well the night before the race. Do not take tranquilizers.
  • Have a light breakfast 3 or 4 hours before the race. It must be especially made up of fluids and carbohydrates (for example, tea and toast). Avoid fat and proteins. Sweets and sugar are not advisable. Drink only decaffeinated coffee, if you have any coffee at all.
  • Ensure a proper body hydration. Drink water in little sips up to the time of the race. Remember that alcohol dehydrates.
  • Try to empty your bowels before the race.
  • Wear comfortable and light shoes and clothes, in accordance with the weather.
  • Apply a coating of vaseline to your inner thighs and nipples to prevent rubbing.
  • Watch your feet. In case of doubt, consult a foot specialist.
  • Try to warm up and stretch before the race.
  • Do not participate in the race if you feel unwell (high temperature, generally feeling unwell, flu symptoms, weakness, cold, vomits, diarrhea, etc.).

During the race

  • Run at your own pace. Do not start too fast, as you shall only tire sooner. Should you experience during the race intense fatigue, muscular or joint pain or aches, nausea, vomit, a feeling of empty headedness or instability, chills or, specially, chest pains or breathing difficulties, it would then be preferable to stop, rest and, should you latter decide to continue, do not ever do so because of excessive and badly interpreted self-esteem as this could cause you to stop indefinitely after the next few steps. Do not ever try to be a hero at the expense of your health. Above everything else, listen to the messages that your body sends you. It is not shameful to abandon when things are not going well.
  • If you feel out of breath, slow down or stop altogether. Relax and press down with the flat of your hand on the painful area. Breathe deeply and relaxed.
  • Avoid sudden sprints, especially towards the latter part of the race.

After the race

  • At the end of the race do not stop suddenly, move around and continue running slowly or walking, during five to ten minutes. Remember that the body needs a cool down period to enter into repose mode. Massage yourself and stretch.
  • Leg pains due to the race itself may be successfully treated through the application of ice. Should you have to empty out any blisters that you may have in your feet, open them up at a single point and leave the dead skin to protect it; under no circumstances must the skin be removed.
  • Attend the medical service at the end of the race if you feel unwell.
  • Have a hot bath or shower followed by a rest period when you return home.
  • The meal following the race must be light (rich in carbohydrates, fruit and lots of fluids). Wait at least two hours before eating. Wait longer if you suffer from nausea or vomits. Eat slowly and sparingly.
  • Running slowly during a period of between 15 and 30 minutes the same day of the race aids a fast recovery.
  • Drink frequently, specially water, with small sips, during several days after the race.
  • Have a massage if muscular pain persists after several days. Attend a specialized physician if you still feel unwell several days after the race.

Miscellaneous remarks

  • Abundant menstruation. May be the cause of anemia in several cases. It would be advisable to consult a doctor, who shall then properly value all analytical and clinical data.
  • Carbohydrates. It is the most important food for long distance runners. They can be found in potatoes, rice, cereals, pasta and wholemeal breads.
  • Alcoholic beverages. Alcohol dehydrates. One pint of beer produces more urine that the volume of fluids drank. Drink only non-alcoholic beverages. Drink enough water to ensure that your urine has a light yellow color and is abundant.
  • Smoking. Smoking is toxic, regardless of whether cigarettes, cigars, pipe or low nicotine cigarettes are smoked.
  • Warm up exercises. They help to increase heart beat speed and increase the temperature of the muscles before the most intense aerobic stage. Start with a few gymnastic exercises, then jump on the spot and finally run slowly during 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Cooling down. We have already said that many accidents take place after an intense exercise stage. It is necessary to spend 5 to 10 minutes cooling down. Cool down over a long period if you have ended the aerobic stage of the exercise with a sprint. To cool down run slowly, moving around and walking until your heart speed has descended to some 120 beats per minute or less than 100, if you are over 50 years old.
  • Food. To ensure that you consume all the essential food, eat a combination of foods from the following five food groups: 1) cereals and bread; 2) milk and milk based foods (skimmed); 3) fruits and vegetables; 4) meat, fish, etc.; 5) fats and oils (reduce your animal fat intake substantially and consume vegetal fats). Consult an expert if you would rather have a vegetarian diet.
  • DIABETICS AND ASTHMATICS. They must carry their required medication with them.

Advise prepared by Catalonian Association of long distance running Doctors, With the cooperation of the Red Cross.

  • The organizers of the World Day for Physical Activity recommends accumulating 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
  • Take care of you, do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day: walking at a good pace, climb stairs, use public transportation, dance, play with your kids, walk the dog ... The 30 minutes can be divided into periods 10 minutes. Children and young people need to do 60 minutes a day of physical activity.

More information

Chip and number chip

Yellow Chip

Registration of athletes with chip will end when we reach 10,000 registered athletes.

Consult the clasification of runners with chip:

The Barcelona event, in spite of its festive and multitudinous nature, has never renounced precision and control in all of its organizational aspects and it has always been under the guidance of the Catalan Athletics Federation (Federación Catalana de Atletismo).

In this way, the Cursa El Corte Inglés combines the festive participation of the general public with the rigorous and intensive practice of amateur sports. More than ever the event is open to all kinds of participants and it also facilitates the presence of those amateur athletes that require certain control measures in their sporting practice and that are not usual for the ocasional athlete.

The official time, used for classification, is between the firing of the start shot and the moment the participant crosses the finish line. However, participants with a chip can get their real time, that is calculated from the moment they leave the start line and when they cross the finish line, but this will not be considered as their official time.

The start for athletes with a yellow chip has been created with a box system. Runners access boxes depending on their number. Runners will access the start line from Gran Vía.

Number Chip

This`year all runners will perfomed the race with a chip.

All runners without a yellow chip will have a bib number with a chip on the back. This innovation will allow participants to have an exact reference of the time recorded at the race.

In order for the bib number chip to be read, it has to be visible at the front of the body without anything covering it.

Tips to ensurethatthe chip is readcorrectly:

  • Put the back on your chest so that your number is visible to everyone.
  • Use 4 safety pins in the corner of your back.
  • Do not cover your number with a jacket, backpack...
  • Be careful not to cover your number when you take a look at your clock, specially when crossing the finish line
  • Do not bend the number specially where the chip is located
  • Do not remove the foam from the number chip


Both the yellow chip and the bib number chip are personal and non-transferable.

In order to get the diploma and the different trophies awarded per category, it is necessary to finish the race, having passed through the different time controls established along the route.

Participants must be registered at all time controls.


In compliance with the Organic Data Protection Law 15/1999, we inform you that your personal data are incorporated into a commercial file managed by El Corte Inglés, S.A., with the purpose of sending commercial communications. You may wish to exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition of their personal data by post to El Corte Inglés, S.A., Calle Bolivia, 234, 08020 Barcelona, by email at, indicating the reference LOPD.


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