Only a few days left now until Valencia’s much anticipated 15k run, a sport event which will captivate athletic enthusiasts, most of all those who are busy preparing to tackle this half-marathon. During the upcoming weekend, 15th-17th February, the city of Valencia will dress to impress for this exceptional event, which will be celebrated for the first time in the capital of Turia.

Those who are going to participate in the competition, which starts and finishes in the port of Valencia, need to head towards Tinglado 2 in order to collect their numbers for the race which will take place on Sunday 17th February. For those who are not participating there will be a number of other events to enjoy including the Fiesta de la Tapa, a highlight that will also take place in Tinglado 2.

In the Fiesta de la Tapa, something no tapas lover should miss, 24 Valencian restaurants offer up a selection of their best tapas for just 1,50 euros each. All drinks, whether you have wine, beer, water or soft drinks, will cost only 1 euro. This gastronomical celebration will open its doors on Friday 15th at 8pm, and will stay open until midnight. Saturday will see extended opening hours from 1.30pm until 4:30pm and 8pm until midnight and on Sunday, the day of the race, the event will be open from 1pm until 4:30pm.

However, in spite being without a doubt the event which draws the most publicity (of course, on par with the race), it is by no means the only one. In the same area of the port there will be music performances by bands from the Marítimo district every day just before the Feria de la Tapa opens. At the base of team Luna Rossa, who participated in the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, you can visit the photography exhibition “Valencia abierta al mar” which will include spectacular images appreciating the historical evolution of the city and how it has expanded and improved its connection to the port. Photographs from the previous century and those depicting how the port has changed over the past years will also be exhibited. The athletes can enjoy all the novelties of their sport available in the Feria del Corredor, where all types of running equipment will be on sale together with sports drinks and a wide range of paraphernalia necessary for practicing this sport.

The Feria Marina will also take place at the Luna Rossa base, which will feature a fantastic interactive exposition about oceanographic investigation in the marine heart of the Valencian community. Here there will be workshops allowing you to appreciate the work done by the ocean investigators.

Finally, a competition to show your enthusiasm and encourage the runners will take place for spectators during the race. You don’t have to register and prizes will be awarded for things like the best fancy dress, the best juggler and the most musically talented.

Sport, tapas, music and art – what more could you ask for? All this is waiting for you this weekend in Valencia.

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