Runners in La Concha promenade
San Sebastián is a city made for running. Added to its endless seaside promenades are the countless pedestrian areas, away from the noise of traffic, which make this a perfect city for the sport. It is an ideal setting for outdoor running enthusiasts. A sustainable city where you can combine sport and exercise with the beauty of places like the Concha, the Peine del Viento and the riverside pedestrian walkways.
In San Sebastián running is hugely popular and the numerous locals and visitors who do the sport can enjoy the many races organised in the city throughout the year. The level of participation in these races is usually very high, and in the better known events many people come from places other than the Basque Country to enjoy the enormously healthy activity.
Donostia San Sebastián Turismoa joins the Behobia-San Sebastián and Zurich Maratoia Donostia races in aiming to achieve equal numbers of male and female participants.
The objective is both clear and ambitious: to achieve 50% female participation by 2025. Currently, 26.3% of participants in the Behobia-San Sebastián race are female: while the percentage increases year-on-year, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
How are we going to do it?
We will achieve this goal through initiatives such as Desafío [Challenge, in English], which was launched alongside the Zurich San Sebastián Marathon.
Six women who wish to run in the Zurich San Sebastián Marathon 2019 have been selected, who will receive the following services:
- Race number.
- Reimbursement of travel expenses incurred by travelling to San Sebastián.
- A specialist athletics coach, who will provide each runner with their own training plan.
Why do more men than women participate in races?
Several statistics catch our eye: 44% of participants in the Behobia Txiki [Behobia-San Sebastián kids’ race] are female, as are 48% of participants in the Behobia Gaztea [Behobia-San Sebastián race for teenagers aged 14-18]. So why are only 24% of adult participants female? Various studies indicate that many girls aged between 12 and 14 stop participating in large-scale sporting events.
We at Donostia San Sebastián Turismoa wish to promote female participation in the sport. We are therefore collaborating, alongside the Behobia-San Sebastián race and the Zurich San Sebastián Marathon, in the 50/50/25 project.
We’re going to do it!
Countries with a greater tradition of large-scale races, such as the United States of America, already have 60% female participation in half marathons and have almost reached 50% female participation in full marathons, amongst other distances.
Let’s go girls!
The most popular races in San Sebastián
La Clásica of San Sebastián
The "Clásica", 15 km: October. This one of the essential dates on the sporting calendar for running enthusiasts. Every year, more than 5,000 participants register for this competition that makes its way through the most beautiful parts of San Sebastián.
Behobia - San Sebastián
Behobia – San Sebastián. November. 25,000 runners run annually in one of the most exciting popular races in Europe, with a tradition dating back half a century. A course of 20 km lined by thousands of “animators” with a spectacular run-up to the finishing line in the centre of San Sebastián.
The DKV Marathon: November. Almost 5,000 people participate in this sea-level urban marathon that makes its way through the centre of one of the most beautiful capitals in the world.