Valencia’s Marathon has for years been attracting an increasing and more international number of runners, and its younger sister, the Divina Pastora street race is now notching up similarly favourable statistics.
Already 11 years old, the race, which involves ten 5 kilometre runs through different parts of the city, had as many as 45 different nationalities in its last edition.
The 19 European nationalities that ran last time came from Spain, Germany, Austria, Belorussia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Rumania and the Ukraine.
From across the pond have come runners from the USA, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.
From Africa there have been runners from Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Morocco and Senegal and from further east China, South Korea and Indonesia.
In previous years there have been competitors from Andorra, Algeria, Belgium, Chile, India, Macedonia, Nepal, Syria and Mali
Innovations include a section for younger runners under 12, and the competition will continue throughout the year until November.