Venice is a town unique in the world and for this uniqueness it has its peculiarities, the oddest one is the high astronomical tide that every year the Organizing Committee has to deal with but the forecasts for this October 23 are pretty good. Finally the expected lap in St. Mark’s Sq. should be granted to the over 7,000 runners that next October 23 will take part to the 26th edition of the Venicemarathon.

The race organizers, that were obliged last year to prepare in less than 2 hours the alternative course (measured and certified in advance), would really like to give marathoners this extraordinary lap in St. Mark’s Sq. and this year they are very confident. Thanks to the City Council, which has authorized the passage, the dream of the Venicemarathon may come through.

The first part of the race course stays the same. From Villa Pisani in Stra the athletes will run along the Brenta Riviera, to enter Mestre where they will cross Piazza Ferretto, the heart of the town. The race course leads the runners into San Giuliano Park and soon after to the 4 km long Liberty Bridge which links Mestre to the island. Here the picturesque sights of the town start, the marathoners run close to the Giudecca Canal to reach Punta della Dogana, they cross the bridge of boats on the Grand Canal built right for the race, they run through St. Mark’s Sq. and after the lap in the square they go back towards the Palazzo Ducale and along the embankments athletes reach Riva Sette Martiri.

The thirteen bridges that runners have to face along the Venetian race course to get to the finish line will have installed special wooden ramps on them to help athletes to run through and at the same time they will make Venice more accessible for people with wheelchairs. This project carried out in collaboration with the City Council and the Port of Venice will grant accessibility to the most important places not only for the marathon time but till Carnival time.

The Venetian course will be safer this year as a life raft will be used as water-ambulance and 4 water motorbikes will be in connection via radio with the canine units spread along the course and ready to act in case of need. The S.I.C.S. - the Italian School of Water Rescue Dogs is the largest National organization dedicated to the training of dogs and their handlers for water rescue. It was founded in Milan in 1988 and the Venice section is the reference for Veneto and Emilia Romagna. Since three years ago they have been in service in Caorle and Porto Santa Margherita and they rescued 6 peoples.