The starting line of the Race will be located in Roncesvalles, the origin of the French Way, from where the participants will cover 138.7 km on the first day of the event. With 10 relays during this stage, each runner will do 14 km on average. Logroño is the chosen city to spend the nights before and after this initial stage. Well-known thanks to its Pro-Cathedral of Saint Mary the Round and the popular “chiquiteo”: traditional small glasses of wine of ‘La Senda de los Elefantes’.
The second night will be spent in Burgos after finishing the 124.4 km of the second stage. Participants will do 10 relays of 12.5 km on average. The teams will arrive on a city which delights with its Cathedral of Saint Mary La Mayor, declared World Heritage. Burgos also offers its visitors a guided walk across our roots, thanks to the archaeological site of Atapuerca.
We continue our journey through the French Way on a third day that will see each participant run an average of 18 km between the cities of Burgos and León. As a reward to the longest stage of the race, the partakers will stay at a city renowned for its ‘cecina’ (a cured meat) and its gothic Cathedral with the most beautiful stained glasses of Europe or the Romanesque frescos of the Basilica of St. Isidore.
The Way continues its path through the region of El Bierzo with a 102.8 km stage which goes over key points such as Astorga, Foncebadón and, most importantly, Ponferrada, a meeting point for the pilgrims. Famous because of its history linked to the Order of the Knights, the legend has it that the Castle walls safeguard the sacred Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. On this fourth day, the relays will consist of 10 km on average.
After the climbing to O Cebreiro, on the border between Castile-León and Galicia, the participants will spend the night in Sarria, a village with more than 20 Romanesque churches scattered throughout its landscape. If you spot a ‘pulpeira’ you shall try their signature dish: octopus with cachelos (boiled potatoes), washed down with the wines from the banks of rivers Sil and Miño. An absolute delight.
The highlight of the journey will be the hug with Apostle St. James. To get there, the participating teams will have to cover around 117.6km on this last stage. Once they conclude this exciting day, the Pilgrims Mass will take place and the finishers will be given their last stamp. During dinner, apart from having the chance of tasting the amazingly rich cuisine of Santiago, the awards ceremony will be held.