Around the world, both amateur and professional athletes are preparing for the annual Barcelona Half Marathon on February 8th 2009 at 09:00 local time, which gets the Spanish city warmed up before the yearly Full Marathon takes place in early March.
The organisers of the event - which is also known as the Asics Mitja Marato de Barcelona - explain that the 2008 event was massively popular, attracting a record number of participants.
Some 3,660 people took part in it - over a thousand more than in 2007.
As such, the maximum number of athletes able to take part in the competition in 2009 has been increased to 4,500.
"The Half Marathon, at a distance of 21.097 kilometres, is for many athletes the ideal setting for a training session," Pere Alcober i Solanas, one of the organisers, notes.
People staying in hotels in Barcelona next spring have plenty of time to register if they fancy lacing up their running shoes and taking part in the event as registration is open until February 3rd at 20:00 local time.
Anyone with enough speed and stamina to finish in the top three stands to win prizes ranging from 400 to 1,000 and a trophy, while all participants will take home a souvenir T-shirt.
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