Pain is only temporary. Jogging becomes a phenomenon in Catalonia

March 20, 2015 08:55 PM | Lydia Abellán

Jogging has, without a doubt, become a phenomenon in Catalonia. The number of marathon runners doubled from 2008 to 2013 and now stands at 57,000. In 2012, the Barcelona Marathon saw record figures with 16,000 finishers, compared to the 138 that completed the first race in 1978. The rise of running is "something spectacular" and "studies show that 10% of the population are runners and this is certainly going to grow," says Eduardo Grimal, who completed a Master’s in Sports Management. You only have to go one day to the seafront of Barcelona, to the Carretera de les Aigües in Collserola or Montjuïc, stand there for ten minutes and count the number of runners that pass in front of your eyes. But what motivates the runners and is it just a passing fad?

61st Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell starts with Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Thomas Berdych on the court

April 22, 2013 05:57 PM | Marc Ferragut

The Barcelona tennis tournament known as the Conde de Godó Trophy is an ATP World Tour 500 event and one of the most important on the clay court circuit. From April 20th to the 28th the top 10 players Nadal, Ferrer and Berdych will meet in the Catalan capital. Nicolás Almagro, Juan Mónaco or rising stars like Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori are also on the list. Marcel Granollers and Marc López will compete in the doubles tournament on the clay of the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona.