Venice, Oct.25, 2014 – With yet another strong African presence, the 29th edition of the VeniceMarathon sets off Sunday hosting over 8,000 runners on the full distance of 42.195 kilometers and the new 10K race.

The 10K is the great change in the event, with runners starting from the San Giuliano park on the mainland into town to benefit from the most attractive part of the course: into Venice, along the Riviera to the Grand Canal, across the canal on an artificial bridge built for the occasion, through St. Mark’s square to the finish on the waterfront facing St. George island.

Departure for the 10K is set at 08.40 and 09.05 for the marathon. Both events are televised live for three hours in Italy and to some 82 other countries.

The excellent weather forecast raises optimism towards race conditions.
The marathon itself starts in front of the prestigious Villa Pisani at Stra, on the Brenta river, and runs through a scenic course in front of the world famous Venetian villas before leaving the mainland into Venice, on the last part of the course now shared with the 10K.

The Marathon Music Live: Venicemarathon will place 20 music groups to entertain both spectators and runners. In this way the difficult moment that runner can face could be washed away with a smile. These are the names of the music groups.