Next Sunday the Venicemarathon will be the great appointment for many from Stra to Riva Sette Martiri in Venice. The participant cap of 8,000 was reached. The race will be broadcasted on La7. Alex Zanardi will run again to support his Bimbingamba new project. In the International field Tadese Tolesa Aredo- winner of 2011 edition - will be back in the marathon. Among women Eticha and Bedada are the favorites.

Venicemarathon was introduced yesterday to the press inside the charming rooms of the Venice Casinò.

This edition will remain in the history of the marathon for its numbers. The participants are 8,000; 12,000 the number of the participants at the Family Runs: the two non competitive races in Mestre and Dolo which will take place on Saturday morning; almost 50,000 Euros of funds raised at the 2011 edition offered to the three charity projects supported by the marathon (Run For Water – Run for Life, Bimbingamba and Run To End Polio), and a record has been registered on the economic effects, in fact the marathon of last year produced  economic impacts for 7,448,476 Euros on the host economies.

The race course has not been changed and this year runners will pass again through St. Mark’s Sq. but this is just one of the highlights of the race course as it is all very picturesque starting from the Brenta Riviera to reach Riva Sette Martiri with the spectacular and unique bridge which leads athletes through the Grand Canal from Punta della Salute to Giardini Reali of St. Mark. In case of high tide in St. Mark’s Sq. the alternative race course has already been measured and certified by IAAF.

Alessandro Zanardi will be once again a Testiomonial in Venice. After the venture of last year in which Alex carried along the 42 km his friend Francesco Canali affected by ALS, he will this year run together with Eric and Sara, two young children who are representants of the new project: Bimbingamba Sport – Life sparkles.