Cursa dels Nassos – End the year on a sporting high running in Barcelona

Let’s face it, 2016 has been an interesting year across the globe and one which many will willingly kiss goodbye to. Why not end on a high with Barcelona’s 10K Cursa dels Nassos on December 31st?

On the last day of each year, Barcelona’s streets buzz with anticipation for the eagerly anticipated Cursa dels Nassos which sees the city become awash with shades of fluorescent Lycra as residents and visitors to the city gather together for this spectacular sporty affair. The race (not to be confused with Sant Cugat’s Sant Silvestre Barcelonesa race which operates on a smaller scale outside the city), is a hugely important fixture on the Catalan calendar and is the second largest of its kind in Spain. The unusually named event honors a legendary figure who is said to have as many noses as days of the year. According to folklore, the noses man (home dels nassos) sheds a nose every day, leaving him with only one nose on New Year’s Eve for when he finally leaves his house. The Cursa dels Nassos is a must for anyone interested in running and welcomes an impressive 14,000 runners (maximum) from over 50 countries every year.

Although the Cursa dels Nassos is a pretty speedy affair (11 athletes completed it in under 30 minutes last year), anyone over the age of 16 can take part by simply registering online and turning up on the day. There is also a race category for people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and wheelchair users. The route starts on Selva de Mar street in the Sant Marti district of Barcelona and takes runners through some of the most beautiful parts of the city. The Cursa dels Nassos is an undeniably brilliant way to spend the last day of the year and, with a 17:30 start time, it leaves you plenty of time to put your glad rags on for the evening’s celebrations.

The tradition of running on New Year’s Eve began in 1925 when a journalist in São Paulo (Brazil), inspired by a night race he had seen in Paris, decided to hold his own event. The race was named La Corrida de São Silvestre de São Paulo. It started at 23:40 on December 31st and finished in the early hours of January 1st 1926. Over the years the race gained in profile until Spaniard Antonio Sabugueiro decided to replicate it in Madrid, creating what is now known as San Silvestre Valle.  Nowadays, similar events are held across Spain in cities such as Beasain and Vitoria.

So, if the Cursa dels Nassos whets your appetite for running and all things Lycra, you’ll be pleased to know that there are loads of organised races taking place in Barcelona during 2017.

Barcelona running events during 2017

  •  February 12th 2017 – eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona

This is Barcelona’s second largest running event which saw 12,493 participants last year and is also open to wheelchair users. Water stations are placed approximately every 5 kilometers and there are bag storage facilities available. Note, there is a maximum completion time of 2 hours 45 minutes, so if your approach to running is slow and steady or you are new to the sport, this might not be the one for you!

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  •  March 12th 2017 – Zurich Marató de Barcelona

This marathon started in 1977 and is fast becoming an important fixture on the international running calendar for its flat and scenic route around the beautiful city of Barcelona. There are water points, massage services and showers available to runners and refreshment stations available around the course.

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  • May 7th – Cursa de Bombers

This 10 kilometer race is a hugely popular event organised by Nike Running and the city of Barcelona which accepts up to 20,000 runners – of which there are usually around 400 firefighters. Traditionally the race involved relay teams of four firemen where each member ran a 2.5 kilometer leg of the route in full firefighting gear weighing up to 20 kg to compete against other teams of firefighters. The Cursa de Bombers is an unmissable event for runners on the international athletics calendar and has been awarded the Bronze Label from the IAAF International Athletics Association.

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So, with the Cursa dels Nassos and so many running events on offer in the city, make this New Year’s Eve and 2017 your year to get running!

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

New Year's Eve in Barcelon
Torre Agbar | Photo By Daniel Daranas

 

New Year’s Eve Barcelona 2014New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is legendary, with the country’s wonderful traditions wrapped up in the setting of this beautiful, historic city. While you’re romping around the town waiting for the clock to strike midnight it’s encouraged that you’ve adorned yourself in red undies. Cava, a delicious Spanish champagne, is the midnight drink, which accompanies the twelve grapes everyone is to eat with the twelve chimes of the clock. The tradition of grape-eating is meant to bring you a great year ahead. Beware though, it’s much harder than it sounds to stuff twelve seeded grapes in your mouth in just twelve dings of the clock! Locals tend to take a late supper at home before congregating with the public in various places, be it a club, street, or beach to celebrate the countdown. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish that many people will serve in celebration of the holiday. This dish is typically served as a rice and seafood dish cooked slowly. Hailing from Valencia it is typically referred to as Spain’s national dish, and is a wonderful communal meal to eat with friends and family. After a late meal there are many options for celebrating New Year’s Even in Barcelona. The Plaça d’Espanya is a popular spot, especially among visitors. From 23:30 until the New Year hits there will be live performances including the famous Castellers – the human castle builders. The fountain waters and fireworks show makes for quite the spectacule.

The Torre Agbar is another famous New Year’s Eve in Barcelona sight to see. This landmark becomes a beautiful light show worth checking on December 31st. For an incredibly traditional New Year’s Eve in Barcelona you’ll want to get tickets to the Tablao de Carmen, one of the top flamenco clubs in the city. Get your tickets soon for a late dinner and a flamenco show. Another classic Barcelona way to celebrate the upcoming 2015 is to head to one of the many beach clubs. The temperate climate in the city makes the beach a favorable choice for welcoming a brand new year. There are clubs lining the beachfront in Barcelona, so you’ll have a wonderful variety of places to go. New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is a fantastic time to experience some very unique and celebrated Spanish traditions. The city’s most famous attractions are in full effect in preparation for one of the biggest holiday celebrations the city sees. Barcelona, while full of breathtaking views and rich stories, is also full of people who know how to dine and party well when the occasion calls for it. There are more celebrations planned than can be counted, and the city’s charming locals and enthusiastic visitors are sure to make it a memorable time. If you’re considering visiting the city to celebrate the New Year check out some of the available bizFlat properties in prime locations for all your holiday festivities. You’ll feel right at home on Barcelona in one of these charming, comfortable apartments or villas. There are options for everyone, whether you’re visiting with your whole family, your sweetheart, or a group of friends.