Sunday we'll have a historical 30th edition from Stra to Venice
On Sunday Ocotber 25 we'll have a memorable edition: Venice and the Brenta Riviera will celebrate the 30th birthday of the Venicemarathon. A really important goal for a marathon which has made history, and is in the hearts of the thousands of runners who have been here. A tough ordeal for organizers, from the very start back in 1986, rewarded by the presence through the years of international medal winners like Gelindo Bordin, Stefano Baldini, Orlando Pizzolato, Laura Fogli, Ornella Ferrara and Maura Viceconte.
There are more than 27,000 guests for this birthday. There will be 8,000 runners for the Marathon, plus 4,000 for the VM10K Garmin Forerunner Tour, both record numbers. We must add the three Ali Family Runs organized alongside the Marathon, with a total of 9,000 school children in San Donà di Piave and Dolo and another 6,000 in Mestre.
The organization's Charity Program, led by former driver and para-Olympics gold medallist Alex Zanardi, expects to put together over 120,000 euros, another top achievement.
According to Venice municipal officials, the Marathon is expected to produce an induced revenue for the territory of over 10M euros, with a huge increase from the 7M of 2014. An additional 2M euros comes from the club's other events organized in the year.
Starting times on Sunday are 08.30 for the 10K and 09.40 for the Marathon. Both will be televised in Italy and shown also in 96 countries.
The Marathon course is off from the splendid Villa Pisani in Stra and hits the waterfront just beyond St.Mark's square in Venice after coasting along the Venetian villas on the Brenta Riviera, then running through Venice and across the Grand Canal on a special bridge set up for the event, through St. Mark's square (the only sport event allowed to do so) and on to the finish.