Venicemarathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Ranking and it is worldwide recognized and Bronze Label certificated by IAAF, and Gold Label by FIDAL.
The race route is unique: - start line in front of Villa Pisani, Riviera del Brenta; - run in Venice, crossing the floating bridge set up for the race, through Piazza San Marco, by the Campanile and Palazzo Ducale... Venicemarathon is a race that continues to fascinate runners and spectators for decades.
If you run with tourist-sporting goals in the not agonistic race it will be enough to register online and then sign and upload the Venicemarathon liability waiver form.
• hold membership of a foreign Sports Federation affiliated with IAAF and in this case you have to provide Venicemarathon with a copy of the association license or a self declaration in which you declare that you are affiliated with a sports club;
• get the FIDAL Runcard and provide Venicemarathon with a copy of the medical certification which allows you to take part in competitive races according to the Italian law.
2020 entry fees
• 65€ from 4001 to 6000 entries
• 70€ from 6001 to 7000 entries
• 80€ from 7001 entries
Registration fee includes:
• Medical assistance
• Refreshments along the course
• Goody bag
• Official programme and information publications
• Rent of timing chip
• Results by e-mail
• Finisher's commemorative medal
• Pre-race transportation from Venice Tronchetto or Mestre to the start area
• Personal clothes transportation from start to finish area
• Post-race transportation from the finish area to Venice Tronchetto, Mestre or start area
Venicemarathon is held every year on the fourth Sunday of October. Future editions: 24th October 2021.
The exact start time will be decided the day before the race, according to organization needs and TV broadcasting.
average low: 7°C / 44°F
Venicemarathon Expo Village will be located in Venezia Mestre, inside the San Giuliano Park.
• Friday from 10am until 8pm
• Saturday from 9am until 8pm.
How to get there: directions will be included in the confirmation letter.
No bib pick-up on Sunday morning before the race. No bib sent at home before the race.
Bib numbers distribution
Bags for personal belongins
Note! Other types of bags will not be accepted.
Thanks to the chip applied to the back of athlete's bib number, sensors will record the actual time in which each runner finishes the race.
Intermediate times will be also recorded at the km: 5, 10, 15, 21.097 (half marathon), 25, 30, 35 and 40.
Times and rankings will be available in real time during the race on the web site www.venicemarathon.it
Venicemarathon Pacing Team
Pacemakers are your guardian angels during the race!
A group of athletes are at your disposal and will help you to finish the marathon record in given time.
To run 42 kms you need muscles, heart and head, and they will help you to keep them together and find the motivation in case a small crisis comes up. Together you will reach the finish line. A goal you have shared, with effort, satisfaction and emotion. We especially like to give you this opportunity: we want your marathon to be truly unforgettable. So give yourself a time goal, look for your pacer and get ready to follow his balloon. Trust them, because you have 42K to do together, and let them bring you to the end of this marathon.
Along the route
Runners will find 2 personal sponges in the race pack. They should carry the sponges with them during the race and soak them in the fresh water tanks available every 5 km, starting from km 7.5. Additional sponges will be available in the starting area, but not along the course.
For competitors who withdraw, pick-up buses will carry them to the first-aid stations (placed at km 23.5 and 31).
Maximum time - km 30: 3h50'
Maximum time - finish: 6h00'
After these times the organization cannot guarantee complete closing of the race course.
Beyond the finish line, athletes will find: the medal delivery area, the refreshment station, the bags pick-up area, restrooms and toilets.
Showers will be available at the Palasport dell’Arsenale located few hundred meters from the finish line.
To go back to the mainland from the finish line there are free services for athletes.
Stra (VE) - Villa Pisani
Venezia - Riva Sette Martiri
42,195 kilometers / 26,224 miles
Distance measured and certified by AIMS/IAAF.
There is no half marathon race. The race is only on the full marathon distance
The start of the 42K is from the Queen of the Venetian Villas, Villa Pisani, which exceptionally opens the gates of its park to welcome the marathon runners before the start.
The first part of the course, along the Riviera del Brenta develops through a landscape rich in history, art and culture, characterized by many ancient Venetian Villas overlooking the river.
Then the race course goes through the centre of Marghera and Mestre, and here it passes through the new museum of the 20th century, M9, a new workshop of technological and interactive knowledge, with its colourful buildings which host the museum halls. The course snakes over 2 km inside San Giuliano Park, where the 10K starts, and reaches Venice by the “Ponte della Libertà” (a flat and straight bridge of almost 4 km).
The race enters the renovated port area and reaches the historic centre where you experience the most special and unforgettable part of the race. You run alongside Canale della Giudecca to Punta della Dogana, where a pontoon bridge built specifically for the race allows you to cross the Grand Canal.
Passing through Piazza San Marco (high tide permitting ...), near the Campanile and the Doge's Palace, the course reaches the finish line located in Riva Sette Martiri.
The Venicemarathon course is basically flat and fast. There are just a few difficulties, represented by 3-4 short slopes (100 meters or so) between the 25th and 35th kilometer.
In the final part of the marathon course (last 3 kilometers), runners will face 14 little bridges over Venice's canals. Wooden ramps are put in place to prevent athletes from running on the steps.
There are no cobblestones on the course (apart from the last 100 meters before the finish line). In the final 3 kilometres the running surface will be mainly made of large rectangular stone slabs.
The course is entirely closed to traffic and every kilometer is marked.
Riviera del Brenta, with several 18th century mansions along the course (in particular the impressive "Villa Pisani" at the start). Zattere, a 2-km-long embankment next to the Giudecca Canal, where athletes run close to the water.
The Bridge over the Grand Canal, a 170-meters-long bridge which is built just before the marathon and dismantled the night after.
Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale, historical Venice landmarks.
Finish line in Riva Sette Martiri, in the picturesque waterfront of St. Mark's Basin.
PRIZE PURSE 2019
|Prize||Additional Bonus||Prize||Additional Bonus|
|1°||€ 5.000||€ 3.000 (Time sub 2h12')||1ª||€ 5.000||€ 3.000 (Time sub 2h29')|
|2°||€ 3.000||€ 3.000 (Time sub 2h12')||2ª||€ 3.000||€ 3.000 (Time sub 2h29')|
|3°||€ 2.000||€ 3.000 (Time sub 2h12')||3ª||€ 2.000||€ 3.000 (Time sub 2h29')|
|4°||€ 1.500||€ 1.000 (Time sub 2h12')||4ª||€ 1.500||€ 1.000 (Time sub 2h29')|
|5°||€ 1.000||€ 1.000 (Time sub 2h12')||5ª||€ 1.000||€ 1.000 (Time sub 2h29')|
|6°||€ 500||€ 1.000 (Time sub 2h12')||6ª||€ 500||€ 1.000 (Time sub 2h29')|
|MEN - Race time under:||WOMEN - Race time under:|
||€ 10.000 (1st only)||2h23'37''
||€ 10.000 1st only)|
The prize money for the Overall Category is reserved to all athletes licensed to FIDAL or to a IAAF Foreign Federation.
The additional time bonuses of the "Overall Category" will be combined with the Prize Money and they will be paid to the first 6 finishers in the right order with a recorded time sub 2h12' for men and sub 2h29' or 2h30' for women.
All payments will be due by March 31, 2019, and in any case after the anti-doping test results are published. Besides all payments will be subjected to the declaration no. 342/2000 of the Italian Law.
If you're an athlete who ran a marathon in the last 3 years with times of less than 2h30’00" for men or 3h00'00" for women and are interested in running the Venicemarathon contact us as soon as possible. There are different types of facilities to see you at the front row start in one of the most beautiful marathons in the world.