Useful Info 42K

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Before the race - The previous days

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Registration requirements

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.

We remember if you want to take part in the competitive race in Italy, according to the FIDAL rules, you must meet one of the following requirements:
* hold membership of a foreign Sports Federation affiliated with World Athletic 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.
Pay attention!!!! If you do not provide us with the sport licence and medical certificate you cannot participate in the event!!!!
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Come and get your Bib number and Race bag pick up at Exposport Venicemarathon Village

One week before the race we will email you the final confirmation letter. It is the only document accepted to get the bib number and the chip attached.
IMPORTANT NOTE!!! The chip is disposable so you DON’T NEED to give it back after the race.
It is a digital letter, so DO NOT PRINT IT! Just show it to the staff from your smart phone or tablet.
The bib number pick up is at Exposport Venicemarathon Village at San Giuliano Park in Mestre – Porta Blu (Blue entrance) on:
    * Friday, October 25 from 9am to 8pm 
    * Saturday, October 26 from 9 am to 8pm. 
When getting the bib number remember to have the confirmation letter, an identity document and the missing documents if requested on the confirmation letter. If your registration is incomplete, you won’t take part in the race.

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Getting to San Giuliano Park

BY TRAM: from Venice take the tram line T1 and get off at San Giuliano stop; from Mestre Train station take the line T2,  change at Mestre Centro – Piazzale Cialdini and from here take the line T1 to Venice and get off San Giuliano stop. Trams run every ten minutes. Click here for further information.

BY CAR: from Trieste or Treviso: when you arrive in Mestre take the exit Terraglio, continue towards Venice for 6 kilometers and San Giuliano Park will be on your left, look for Porta Blu. 
From Milan or Bologna when at the toll gate in Mestre, go straight on for about 8 Km, take the exit Terraglio, continue towards Venice for 6 kilometers and San Giuliano Park will be on your left, look for Porta Blu. 
Do not park your car in the middle of the street but follow the instructions of our volunteers and use the parking lots in Porta Gialla and MARIVE.

BY TRAIN: from Venezia-Mestre train station take the tram or the orange ACTV bus no. 9 or 15.

Before the race - The race day

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Check the list!

Before leaving home or the hotel check if something is missing: 
* The documents to get the bib number 
* The proper clothes to race (suitable for the weather conditions!!!!) 
* Some dry clothes to get changed after the race

Getting to the start!!

There will be a free shuttle service to reach the start line in Stra, reserved to participants only. The organization strongly advises all participants to use said service because the start area is difficult to access by personal means of transportation.
Shuttles will leave from:
* Venezia Tronchetto
* Venezia Mestre (railway station) 

We remind you that the 42K shuttles will be marked by signs indicating the distance of the race on each single bus! Don't miss the bus
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Toilets

At the Start there will be many toilets for all participants, please respect Villa Pisani a great ancient mansion which welcomes us! Don’t wee on the walls or in the gardens of the Villa, you must use the toilets! In the start area you will find some tents as changing area.
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Kit bags for your personal belongings

When ready put your kit bag on to the appropriate baggage truck in the start area, it is easy to find the right one, just lookout for the truck number (from 1 to 6) reported on your bib and on your kit bag adhesive numbered sticker. For practical reasons, all bags will have to be handed in to the volunteers by 8:55am. A special adhesive numbered sticker (also given out by the organization) must be fixed to the front of the Kit bag on the area indicated. Bags handed in late or not to the staff in the trucks WON’T BE FOUND AT THE FINISH LINE and the organization won’t be responsible for it. 
We will transport your bag as safe as possible but the organization won’t be responsible for damages/loss that might occur, so please do not insert any valuable object or important documents.
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Warm up!

Villa Pisani opens its doors to the Venicemarathon! 
What a marvellous scenery to warm up and get ready for the marathon! Remember that Villa Pisani is an artistic and cultural heritage, respect the area and DO NOT make it dirty.
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Enter your corral

Your corral can be identified by the color of your bib number; you can enter the corral between 9.10am and 9:25am. Respect the corral you have been assigned to.
Note: Latecomers will start the race at the back of the group!

During the race

Start Area

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Ready... Steady... Go!

The start will be given at 9:40am approximately. Hand bikers’ race will start a few minutes in advance.
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Get your Energy back!

We encourage you to bring everything you will need with you during the race.
On the route you will still find refreshment points with San Benedetto water every 5 kilometers, starting from kilometer 5, from the refreshment point of kilometer 15 there will also be ProAction supplements and Palmisano biscuits and Dole fruits.

Attention: Proaction supplements will be delivered to you in a plastic glass containing only the correct dose of powder, use the water you have taken to dissolve it!

Remember to drink abundantly, especially if the day is quite hot and to eat properly during the race.
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Freshen up!

IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANTICOVID PROTOCOLS, NO SPONGING POINTS ARE PROVIDED. We therefore advise you not to throw away the bottle of water taken at the refreshment point but to use it to cool off.
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Do not leave rubbish around!

WE COUNT ON YOU! 
While running throw sponges and bottles in the recycle bins placed on the course!!!!! Not doing it could cause disqualification!
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Timing

The Evodata chip is attached to the bib number. Timing stations are located at km: 5, 10, 15, half marathon (21.097 km), 25, 30, 35, 40 and finish line. You will be timed the net time which is the real time you take to complete the 42.195 km. Don’t remove the chip or you won’t be timed!
NOTE!! The timing chip is disposable this year, so you DO NOT NEED TO give it back after the race.
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Race course

The start is located in Stra (a small country town about 25 km west of Venice), at the beginning of "Riviera del Brenta". The first part of the route snakes in a beautiful landscape rich in vegetation and in marvelous Venetian villas facing on the waters of the river Brenta.
The marathon goes through the center of Marghera and Mestre, where you can see the new cultural center M9, then runs for more than 2 kilometers inside San Giuliano's Park and gets to Venice via the Ponte della Libertà (Freedom Bridge: a flat and straight bridge long about 4 kilometers). The race proceeds in the renewed harbor area of Venice and reaches the city center for the last kilometers, which are simply unique and unforgettable. Marathoners run next to the Giudecca Canal to Punta della Dogana, where they cross the Grand Canal on a floating bridge, especially built for the race. Passing through St. Mark’s Sq., by the Campanile and by the Doge’s Palace, the marathon route gets to the finish line located in Riva Sette Martiri. The race course is flat and fast except for three short parts where it is a bit uphill. Be very careful, in Mestre-Venice there will be in some point the tram rails. In the last three kilometers you will have to cross 14 bridges which are covered with wooden ramps in order to allow hand-bikers and wheelchairs to take part in the race as well. It is almost all asphalted except for a short track in Venice where you run on big rectangular stone slabs.
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In case of withdrawal from the race

Should you need to withdraw from the race do not panic; there are several sweep buses, ambulances and medical motorbikes that follow the race and which will assist you; in case of need, they will take you to the gathering points for withdrawn runners. They will be located in Venezia Marghera (km 23.5 approx.) and San Giuliano Park (km 30 approx.). Withdrawn athletes will be further taken to Venezia Tronchetto where will board a ferry (the first one will be at 12.20pm) to get to the finish area, retrieve their kit bag and meet up with family and friends.
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Complete the race within the time limit

The maximum time to pass at the half marathon mark (Km. 21.097) is 2h45’.
The maximum time to pass at the 30th Km mark is 3h50’.
The maximum time to finish the marathon is 6h00’.
After these times the Organizing Committee cannot guarantee the complete closing of the race course.
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Home straight

Caution!! Please do not let your kids go inside the race course as it could be dangerous for their safety.
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The finish-line

Congratulations you’ve crossed the finish line!
After the finish line you will find the technical area with all the post-race services.

After the race

Il post arrivo

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Collect your kit bags and your Personal Belongings

At the finish line you can get your kit bag that you left few hours before at the finish line, to get it, check the numbers outside the tents and show your bib number to the staff.
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Final refreshment

The delivery of the final refreshment bag with San Benedetto water, ProAction supplements, Palmisano biscuits, Coldiretti and Dole fruit, Morato snack and Bavaria beer to toast your race.
There you will also find the location of the photographers who will immortalize your success.
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Family reunion

The finish area is closed to public and the entrance is allowed only to athletes. You could meet your family who are in Venice and support you just after the restricted area in Giardini della Biennale.

Go back to the Mainland!

To go back to the mainland from the finish line there are free services for athletes.
 * Motorboats from Venezia Giardini to Venezia Tronchetto will be at athletes’ disposal from 12:40pm. 
 * Bus shuttle service will take you afterwards from Venezia Tronchetto to the railway station in Mestre or to the start area in Stra.
To support runners, companions can buy tickets to join the athlete, limited to the motorboat service, at the price of 3 Euros at the InfoPoint at Exposport Venicemarathon Village or at 5 Euros directly when boarding the motorboat, subject to availability.

PAY ATTENTION!! The only free service at athletes’ disposal is the one arranged by the organization. Should you board ordinary-line-boats, the organization won’t be responsible for that and you will need to buy the tickets!
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Any other question??

Should you need any further information, email us or contact us on the social networks, we are at your disposal.