Lisbon is a city of life, history and architecture. It is also surrounded by some stunning nature, leading it to be a top destination for runners from around the world. Our guided running tours of Lisbon showcase the best that the city has to offer, from the old town to trail running. Lisbon is also home to a host of great running races.
In contrast with the city centre itself, much of Lisbon’s coast and riverside allow for long, flat running routes, making it an ideal city for running races. With beautiful scenery and several IAAF Gold Label races, racing in Lisbon provides a good opportunity to hit your fastest time. Below are some of the best Lisbon running races in 2019 and the start of 2020.
Main Running Races
Date: October 20th 2019
Known for its amazing scenery, the entire route of the Lisbon Marathon runs alongside the sea and river. It starts in the coastal town of Cascais, just west of Lisbon, and continues along the coastal road until the finish at Praça do Comércio in Lisbon.
The Half Marathons
Dates: October 20th 2019, December 6th 2019, March 22nd 2020
There are three major half marathons in Lisbon each year. Each has its own charm, but all are fast, flat and scenic. The next one, taking place on the same day as the marathon, starts at the Vasco da Gama bridge. At 12.3km long, the half marathon gives runner the chance to run along one of Europe’s longest bridges. Following the bridge, the route takes in the historical city before finishing with the marathon at Praça do Comércio. Register here.
In December is the Half Marathon of the Discoveries. It starts and finishes in Belem and is a family friendly race. It is smaller than the other two and weather conditions tend to be kinder for running. Although not as big an event as the others it is definitely worth checking out.
The EDP Meia Maratona will take place on March 22nd 2020 and crosses the famous 25 de Abril bridge.
The mini marathon is designed for all and participants can choose to walk or run the course. Starting with the half marathon at the Vasco da Gama bridge, it follows a scenic route and finishes at Parque das Nações.
Date: 22nd Sept 2019
Running alongside the River Tagus, the Corrida de Tejo is a historic 10km race near Lisbon. Whether you are a seasoned runner, intermediate or beginner, this is a great race to take part in. With a flat course, it is also a good opportunity to hit a personal best. There are several free training sessions in the month leading up to the race for runners of all levels.
Date: 13th October 2019
In support of the Make a Wish Foundation, this race organised by the Millennium BCP Club aims to raise awareness of the importance of exercise. Two training sessions will be held in September. The race itself starts in Belem and has events ranging from 50m to 10km.
Date 28th December 2019
The Saturday after Christmas sees Lisbon’s version of the Saint Silvester Road Race, a race that started in Brazil and has spread around the world. It is a 10km race, and with some hills, is a bit more challenging than many other Lisbon races. There are shorter distances available for children. A great way to end the year!