The 43rd La Mercè Fun Run returns to fill the streets of Barcelona with sport, inclusion and solidarity

19/09/2021 17:58 h

Martín Roig

On Sunday, 19 September, Alejandro Rodriguez Pritchard (00:30:32) and Cristina Silva Feliu (00:34:48)
were the absolute winners of the 43rd La Mercè
Fun Run. Starting and finishing at Avinguda Maria Cristina, and with a 10 kilometre route, the
race passed by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. They were joined
on the men’s and women’s podiums by Miguel Risco Bermejo and Marc Cunyat Carballal, and
Berta Cabanas Tirapu and Rebeca Súarez González, respectively.

The race, which is part of the “La Mercè més esportiva” programme of events
put forward by Barcelona City Council, went ahead in line with all the
safety and prevention protocols, and had 6,000 participants in its in-person event and over 400 in the virtual version, in this case on free routes of 5 or 10 kilometres. At the same time,
the adapted 2 kilometre race was held, designed for people with intellectual
disabilities or reduced mobility, thus guaranteeing a completely inclusive race,
which everybody can enjoy.

The awards ceremony was attended by the First Deputy Mayor, Jaume
Collboni, and the Councillor for Sports, David Escudé, who expressed his satisfaction that
“after a very complicated year and a half, with many limitations, we sports lovers
are beginning to look to the future with excitement. This La Mercè Fun Run proves that, with
responsibility and safety, we can gradually resume the sporting activity that has always
distinguished our city as a benchmark”.


A 100% solidarity race

100% of the money raised from registration fees for the 43rd La Mercè Fun Run
will go towards this year’s edition of La Marató de TV3 i Catalunya Ràdio, which will be broadcast on 19
December, and will be dedicated on this occasion to mental health.

It will specifically focus on a number of very common health problems, which affect one in
every four people at some time in their lives and have a significant impact
on the social life, health and quality of life of these people and those around them.


“La Mercè més esportiva”

Coinciding with the Barcelona Festa Major, the City Council invites the public to follow or
take part in a diverse programme of activities and competitions, called “La
Mercè més esportiva” As well as the race held this morning, today is also the final day of the
Estrella Damm Barcelona Master World Padel Tour, which has been taking place throughout this
Week at the Palau Sant Jordi.

And, over the next few days, other notable events will take place. On 24 September, the Festa del
Fitness at Moll de Bosch i Alsina, and the Jornada Inclusiva (Inclusive Day, at Passeig de Gràcia, both
organised by the City Council. Other significant events are also taking place, such as the 93rd
Barcelona Port Swim Crossing, on 25 September, and Extreme Barcelona, on the 25 and 26 September, at the
Parc del Fòrum.