On Sunday, 23rd October the 31^ Venice Marathon from Stra to Riva Sette Martiri in Venice, will take place.
Here are 10 good reasons to put it on your agenda.
Venice, 14th July, starting inside a villa from ‘700 and run in Piazza San Marco in the shadow of the Campanile are already two elements that make Venicemarathon unique in the world, among other things Venicemarathon will cut its 31st finish line on Sunday 23rd October. But Venicemarathon is not only this!
Here are 10 good reasons that add value and that can give the participant a unique and unforgettable experience.
Autumn is the period of many great marathons, because the climate is still mild, neither too hot nor too cold. Twentythird October is therefore an ideal date to face the great challenge of a 42 km run, with the peace and the Venetian autumn colors that will accompany the runners along the way. Among other things, July is precisely the ideal time to begin the preparation for the marathon or the 10K on 23rd October: a perfect timing to try to achieve the goal or prepare the debut.
The course of the Venicemarathon is unique, it starts the from the eighteenth-century Villa Pisani in Stra, open to visitors and Runners in the morning of the day of the race, and arrives in the heart of Venice in Riva Sette Martiri. The course is spectacular even before the start. The impressive interior of Villa Pisani its magic labirynth that welcomes athletes at the start, and then the first kilometres along the Riviera del Brenta with the wonderful historical villas. After transiting through Mestre and the wide spaces of the San Giuliano Park, the athletes will reach Venice where the majesty of last 2 km awaits them, with the crossing of the Grand Canal on the pontoon bridge specially built for the event, the "lap of honour" in Piazza San Marco, and the finish line in Riva Sette Martiri between two wings of crowd. A public that claps all 42.195 km of the track together with the musical entertainment of the 30 bands that "Anima la Maratona” distributed along the path.
Services and organisation
One of the main objectives of the Venicemarathon Club has always been to provide the highest quality services and efficiency to the athletes, reason why Venicemarathon has always been a limited-number marathon, where the athlete comfort has always the highest priority, before, during and after the race, with timely and free transportation to the departure and arrival hotel, but also the efficient management of personal clothing bags, of refreshments along the route and the post-race. But the goal is also the maximum event usability for carers and families , in order to make Venicemarathon a memorable weekend for all.
Another good reason to come to Venice next 23rd October is the chance to run a 10k (competitive and not competitive), which will be again part of Garmin Running Tour 10K. The run overlaps the last 10K of the Venicemarathon, with start from San Giuliano park in Mestre, the crossing of the Grand Canal and St. Mark's Square and the finish line at Riviera Sette Martiri, living the excitement of the last part of the Venicemarathon. The 10K is also suitable for companions and in general for those who are not ready to take up the challenge of a whole marathon, but still willing to be part of the Venicemarathon celebration.
Tourism an opportunity not to miss
Venice and the Riviera del Brenta can become an opportunity for tourism, especially when combined with the Venicemarathon. The organizers, in fact, have prepared special packaged tour specifically designed for athletes, families and carers to enjoy your stay in Venice or on the Riviera del Brenta, another jewel of Veneto with its villas and its canals, and to match the excitement of the marathon with the beauty of the landscape, art and culture of the area.
They also arrange guided running tours of the Old Town to discover, at dawn the corners of the central Venice.
The Ali Family Run
In the rich Venicemarathon program you find place for families, for young people and 4 legged friends with Ali Family Run. Three non-competitive events of about 3 km, the last of which will start from green boulevards in the nature of San Giuliano park in Mestre on 22nd October, the eve of the Venicemarathon, near the Exposport - Venice Marathon Village. The other two Family Run anticipate instead of a few weeks and will be held respectively in San Donà and Dolo-Riviera del Brenta.
Venicemarathon always associates their initiatives to a beneficial purpose, supporting various charity projects. Since a few years back, in addition to raising funds through the Family Run, the organizers have chosen to fundraise through the “Retedeldono”, thus increasing the number of projects to be supported and giving the ability to runners to combine the sport challenge to the solidarity one, creating a network of supporters among friends and relatives. Last year, the Charity Program, collected 115,000 Euros.
The great champions
The Venicemarathon is also an opportunity to run side to side with Ivan Basso former cyclist and winner of two editions of the “Giro d’Italia” (2006 and 2010) and twice on the podium in the Tour de France. Ivan Basso will make his debut on the 42km in Venice and meet champions like Stefano Baldini, marathon gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Also present Alex Zanardi, a former Formula 1 champion and now Champion Paralympic hand bikes. The latter has been for many years testimonial of fund raising and his non-profit organization Bimbingamba is part of the fundraising project. A Venicemarathon which, in the past, has seen other Italian champions running like for instance Stefano Baldini, Gelindo Bordin, Salvatore Bettiol and Danilo Goffi.
This year the Venicemarathon will be also a "Green Event". As usual, the marathon’s organisers are very aware of the sustainability issue, adopting a set of practices to decrease CO2 emissions, protect the environment, to the utmost cleanliness the course and beyond, encouraging sustainable mobility and the use of public transport.
The family Venicemarathon
Entering Venicemarathon family means to have a full calendar of events and initiatives accessible to all, throughout the year, like the Venice Night Trail and the Ali Venice Running Days (April), the Moonlight Half Marathon (May), the Primiero Dolomiti Marathon (July) and the Venice Marathon (October). With the Fidelity Card is also possible to participate to all events enjoying all the advantages.