Valencia is not all about lying around in the sun drinking sangria, although Valencia is certainly about that too. Some people actually work up a sweat at least once a year by participating in the Valencia Marathon, which has been running (get it?) since 1981.
Known as the Divina Pastora Marathon of Valencia, and largely thanks to the efforts of SD Correcaminos (The Roadrunners), the 42.195 kilometre race has now become firmly established on the international sports calendar as an essential event for runners worldwide.
Both the starting and finishing lines have been relocated to the City of Arts and Science complex, so that the race is not only about sweat, pain and suffering, but is also an architectural event.
The race is held in November, when the temperature averages between 12-17 degrees, and in 2015 the marathon took place on the 15th of that month.
You will not need to be told that the Marathon dates back to 490 BC, and its origin is supposedly connected with the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to inform the city of Athens of a Greek victory over the Persians.