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Bilbao Night Marathon 2024

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The event in a few words

Located in the north of Spain 🇪🇸, Bilbao is known for its quality of life, charm, history, and magical atmosphere 🧙‍♂️. You're in luck: this beautiful Basque Country city is hosting the 16th edition of the Total Energies Bilbao Night Marathon. It's in this exceptional location that you'll experience an unbelievable sporting adventure. This night 🌙 marathon is a must-attend event for all road running enthusiasts and those looking for a new, unique experience in a festive 🎉 atmosphere. In the middle of October, as temperatures cool and winter approaches, we invite you to warm up 🔥 at the Bilbao Night Marathon with an extra hot vibe 😏. As the sun sets and the moon makes her debut, it's the midnight runners who will carry you through the night 😈.

Let us tell you more about your evening's agenda: for those who love partying all night, we have the marathon for you. But if big nights out aren't really your thing, how about a joyful and cheerful outing? 😁 Join the half-marathon for an explosive atmosphere 💥. More of an early bird? No worries, you can still participate in the 10 km run, which also promises plenty of surprises 🎁. The race will take you through the city's landmarks along the Rìa de Bilbao. Your nocturnal journey will reveal the illuminated beauty of Bilbao 🌃 from a new perspective. Your route will include the city's main sites and streets: Guggenheim, Euskalduna, Gran Vía, Teatro Arriaga, Old Town, City Hall, Torres Isozaki, Calatrava Bridge. Starting at the San Mamés stadium, your race will begin like a true champion! You'll make turns and pass multiple landmarks such as the Iberdrola Tower, a skyscraper standing at 165 m tall, the monument to the Sacred Heart Jesus, and the modern art museum Guggenheim.

A unique feature is that the 42 km, 21 km, and 10 km starts at the same time, immersing all runners in the celebration! 🥳 You won't be alone in the streets; this event brings together and unites the locals who come out to cheer on the participants and enjoy the numerous festivities. It's more than just a race; it's a genuine festival taking place in the city of Bilbao 😍. Spain, being a hotspot for party-goers, means the organizers have gone all out for this event, inviting you to a true sporting celebration. Even before you cross the starting line, you can catch a concert 🎤 with an incredible energy for an explosive start 🧨... And when we say explosive, we mean it... Yes! A fireworks display 🎆 will kick off before you begin your race. If this doesn't give you the best conditions, we don't know what will ‼️

In this grand Spanish city, you'll immerse yourself in the Iberian culture in an ideal setting. Cosmopolitan Bilbao also leads in innovation with its art museum Guggenheim 🎨 and remarkable architecture worth more than just a glance 👀. After exploring the historic center of Siete Calles, we recommend visiting the grand Théâtre Arriaga 🎭, the Mercado de la Ribera, or the Palacio de la Diputación. You're also not far from the beach 🏖️ for an autumnal stroll. Furthermore, the Basque cities are renowned for their delicious cuisine. We suggest trying the Bacalao pil-pil or à la Vizcaína made with cod or the Txangurro based on crab, a seafood delight 🦀.

4 reasons to join this race

A Unique Experience 😎
This event welcomes runners from the 5 continents 🌍 every year to take on the night race. The Bilbao Night Marathon offers you a one-of-a-kind adventure in an exceptional setting.
The Fire 🔥
As you can guess, an electrifying atmosphere awaits you before, during, and after your race. The agenda includes fireworks 🎆, concerts 🎤, music performances 🎵, and other surprises along your path. You'll party the Spanish way! 💃
For Everyone 🏃‍♂️
With varied distances including a marathon, a half-marathon, and a 10 km, there's something to test your endurance or showcase your athletic talents 💪. From the seasoned athlete to the curious onlooker, there’s something for every taste and especially for every level 🤞.
Discover the City 🗺
A course that takes you through the city of Bilbao and lets you discover key locations with a loop layout for double the fun ✨.

A distance for every taste

  • Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • 300+ runners in the last edition

A few more words

Ready to race through the night? 🌙 The marathon, known as the ultimate road race, is one of the most coveted events for runners. Experiencing a marathon is intense, but running it at night is simply astonishing! Let's dive into what awaits you on this unique course. Just a heads up: your route will involve quite a few back-and-forths and loops. So, you can bet you'll know Bilbao like the back of your hand by the end of the race.

This urban circuit will take you through the streets of Bilbao. You'll kick off at the esplanade of the San Mamés stadium, starting your race like a champion. Your first kilometers will lead you to Plaza Moyua. At the roundabout, you'll take the fourth exit towards the Rìa, the river that flows through Bilbao. Once you reach Deusto, one of Bilbao's eight districts, you'll make a U-turn at San Inazio and head back down Avenue Madariaga.

You'll cross the river again and veer towards the Parque Doña Casilda, skirting around the Euskalduna Palace. After following the Rìa, you'll pass the Iberdrola Tower, located in the Abandoibarra district and the Guggenheim Museum. You'll circle back towards Casco Viejo, another district of Bilbao, then head back down to the river to return to Deusto. You'll follow the same route to go back to Casco Viejo. Once in front of the Guggenheim Museum again, you'll part ways with the half-marathon runners and head back towards the Euskalduna Palace.

After completing this first loop, you'll embark on a second one! Well, you get the idea, we won't draw it out for you! 😉 Your finish line will be at the Guggenheim Museum. After that, all that's left is to rest and hit the hay 😴.

As you can see, the setting for this marathon is quite unique and unconventional 🙂.

  • Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • 2,000+ runners in the last edition

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The half-marathon is a great event to test your endurance over a relatively manageable distance 😉.

Like the marathon runners, you'll start at the esplanade of the San Mamés stadium. Your first few kilometers will take you to the Plaza Moyua. At the roundabout, remember to signal, then take the fourth exit towards the Rìa, the famous river that flows through Bilbao. You'll reach Deusto, one of Bilbao's eight districts. After that, you'll make a U-turn at San Inazio and head back down Avenue Madariaga 🏃‍♂️.

You'll cross the river again and veer towards the Parque Doña Casilda to go around the Euskalduna Palace. Following the riverbank, you will pass by the Iberdrola Tower, in the Abandoibarra district, and the Guggenheim Museum. You will head up towards Casco Viejo, another district of Bilbao, before heading back towards the river to return to the Deusto district.

Time to turn around! You'll then follow the same route back to Casco Viejo. The finish line will be at the Guggenheim Museum. That's where you'll finish your night race, with stars in your eyes! 🤩

  • Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • 2,000+ runners in the last edition

A few more words

The 10 km course is perfect for seasoned athletes 💪 and those curious about night races 👀. This distance offers you the chance to set a new personal best or simply embrace the adventure! 🎖️

Your route follows the same paths as the other runners 🏃. Your journey also starts at the esplanade of the San Mamés stadium, where you too will get a proper send-off! The first few kilometers will lead you to Plaza Moyua. At the roundabout, follow the crowd. Make sure not to miss the exit; it's the 4th one you'll need to take! You'll continue heading towards the Ria, the river that flows through Bilbao. You'll reach Deusto, one of Bilbao's eight districts, and make a U-turn at San Inazio to head back down Avenue Madariaga.

After crossing the river again, you'll veer off towards the Parque Doña Casilda, circling around the Euskalduna Palace. Following the Ria once more, you'll pass by the Iberdrola Tower in the Abandoibarra district. Soon after, you'll find yourself at the end of your journey near the Guggenheim Museum. There, you'll watch the half-marathon and marathon participants press on, while you can continue enjoying the evening's festivities 🎉.

The devil's in the detail

  • For the marathon:

Until September 22, 2024: €46

From September 23 to October 3, 2024: €50

  • For the half-marathon:

Until September 22, 2024: €27 

From September 23 to October 3, 2024: €33

  • For the 10 km / "Pirate Race":

Until September 22, 2024: €20

From September 23 to October 3, 2024: €26

The marathon and the half-marathon are open to athletes of all nationalities, whether affiliated or not, aged 18 years on the day of the event.

The "Pirate Race" is open to athletes of all nationalities, whether affiliated or not, starting from 16 years of age (on the day of the event). Minor participants must fill out a parental consent form when registering online.

Race bibs must be collected on Friday, October 18, 2024, from 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and Saturday, October 19, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Simply go to the EUSKALDUNA Palace at the following address: Abandoibarra Etorb., 4, Abando, 48011 Bilbo, Bizkaia.

The start for all three races will be at the San Mamés stadium at 7:00 PM.

There are several facilities on site:

  • Locker service: there are separate men's/women's lockers, accessible from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, located in the ZUBIARTE shopping center. You will need to present your race bib to gain access.

  • Cloakroom service: the service is accessible from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and is located in the ZUBIARTE shopping center, at -1. You must place your belongings in the official bag provided when you pick up your race bib. Inside, you can leave all your personal items. To identify the bag, you must put the official numbering card in it. You will find this in the envelope with your race bib.

  • Shower service: the service is accessible after the race from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM, located at the Deusto sports center, on Jon Arróspide Street 1. You will need to present your race bib to gain access.

In accordance with the rules set by the RFEA and World Athletics for marathon events, the organization commits to providing refreshment zones with:

  • Water every 2.5 kilometers.

  • Starting from km 7.5, refreshment every 5 kilometers with POWERADE.

  • Starting from kilometer 25, every 5 km solid refreshments and BIOFRUTAL gels.

When you go to pick up your race bib, you will be entitled to:

  • A technical race T-shirt

  • An XL sports bag

After the race, you will be entitled to:

  • Your medal

  • Your race completion certificate

You can contact the organizers by email: info@totalenergiesbilbaomarathon.com

  • For the Marathon: the time limit is set at 5 hours. If you exceed this time, you will have to leave the course.

  • For the Half Marathon: the time limit is set at 2 hours and 45 minutes. If you exceed this time, you will have to leave the course.

  • For the "Pirate Race": the time limit is set at 1 hour and 45 minutes. If you exceed this time, you will have to leave the course.

Note: Marathon athletes who reach the Half Marathon in more than 2 hours and 45 minutes and km 30 in more than 4 hours must withdraw from the race.

Once you cross the finish line, you will receive a bag containing:

  • Water

  • Aquarius

  • A surprise refreshment provided by the sponsors.

It's possible to run with only one earphone. Wearing both will lead to disqualification!

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