Sunday, October 27th there will be the 34th Venice Marathon from Stra to Riva Sette Martiri.
Here are 10 reasons to put it on your agenda.
Summer is coming to an end; the scorching heat seems to be behind us and September is the ideal month to return to training intensively and register for the 34th Huawei Venicemarathon 42K & 10K. Here are 10 good reasons to run a unique marathon in the world and live an unforgettable experience.
Running the Huawei Venicemarathon means running in art and history, in a course that is unique in the world.
The start of the 42K takes place from the "queen" of the Venetian Villas, Villa Pisani in Stra, a place that for centuries has hosted doges, kings and emperors. For the marathon it opens its gates to accommodate all the pre-race services until it is time to enter the corrals.
The first part of the route develops along Riviera del Brenta in a truly suggestive environment and is characterized by the numerous Venetian villas built in the 18th century by Venetian nobles close to the Brenta river.
The marathon then crosses Marghera, where the old industrial architecture stands in contrast to the art of the various historical and cultural periods of the rest of the race; it continues in the center of Mestre, with the exclusive passage "inside" M9, the new district of the multimedia Museum of the '900; it runs for over 2 km inside the San Giuliano Park, which overlooks the lagoon and from where the 10K starts, and finally reaches Venice via the Ponte della Libertà. The athletes run along the panoramic Fondamenta delle Zattere, admiring on the right the Giudecca island and its imposing Church of Redentore and the high bell tower of the Basilica di San Giorgio which offers a breathtaking 360 ° view of the lagoon. On the left, however, the athletes lap the majestic Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. The long Fondamenta delle Zattere ends at Punta della Dogana, where the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal converge in the San Marco Basin, where runners take the 166-meter floating bridge that connects the Punta to the Royal Gardens of San Marco and gives the athlete the suggestive sensation of running on water. At this point, runners will make their entrance into Piazza San Marco passing between the columns of Saints Marco and Tòdaro, thus crossing the monumental entrance of the Serenissima. The "lap of honor" in the shadow of the Campanile and the Basilica of San Marco is one of the most anticipated moments of the marathon. The athletes will then return to the basin along Palazzo Ducale and then cross Ponte della Paglia, from which you can admire “Ponte dei Sospiri”. The race course continues along Riva degli Schiavoni along the San Marco basin and reaches the finish line in Riva Sette Martiri, near "Gardini della Biennale", which host the various pavilions of the biennial exhibition of Art and Architecture where all the post-race services.
Services and organization
Offering the highest quality services to the athlete before, during and after the race is one of the main aims of Venicemarathon. Venice Marathon is indeed an event for a limited number. There will be more than 2000 volunteers involved in all areas of the marathon to ensure efficient services. Runners have only to run.
The value of the race packet
All the participants will find in the race packet a unique technical T-Shirt, made by the Italian functional clothing brand UYN with the most advanced technology and materials of excellence. A short sleeves T-Shirt of the line "Visyon", with the value of more than 80 €, made in the male and femal version with fit and specific colors, which give excellent results in terms of ventilation and temperature control. Even 10K runners will find in the race packet a beautiful technical T-Shirt designed by the Finnish brand Karhu, with a soft and breathable fabric and a very lively orange color.
Tourist opportunity: sport, art and culture
Venice and the Brenta Riviera can become an opportunity for tourism, especially when combined with Huawei Venicemarathon. Thanks to the agreement with Villa Pisani all participants will have the opportunity to visit the Villa free of charge and the partners with a reduced price, during the long weekend of the marathon, and thanks to the partnership with Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia runners and partners can enjoy discounts in the city’s museums.
A team of Pacers alongside the athletes of the 42K and 10K
One of the most important services of a marathon is carried out by pacemakers, who help people to achieve a goal and crown a dream, carried them to the desired time until the finish line. The Venice Marathon Pacing Team, coordinated by the trainer, journalist and writer Julia Jones will help, both 42K and 10K, become real companions of travel, also able to offer psychological support and right motivations to cross the finish line the Riva Sette Martiri.
Marathon increasingly sustainable event
Choosing to run the Huawei Venicemarathon means consciously participating in an event that for years has been committed to environmental sustainability and the territory in all its forms. It is no coincidence that Venicemarathon was included in the "Zero Waste Blue" project promoted by the Veneto Region and the actions that the organizers will implement will mainly focus on the concept of recycling, on the recovery of plastic thanks to collaboration with Corepla (National Consortium for the collection, recycling and retrieval of plastic packaging) in order to create new products that will be used in the edition 2020 , on the proper differentiation of waste on the digitization of processes, on removal of architectural barriers and incentives to use public and rail transport.
Alì Family Run
In the rich program of the Huawei Venicemarathon, in addition to the 10K, there is also space for families with Alì Family Run: the amusing solidarity and promotional races of about 4 km that take place in the 4 Saturdays preceding the marathon in Chioggia, San Donà, Dolo and Mestre. The last stage is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at the San Giuliano Park in Mestre, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, where Exposport Venicemarathon Village is located.
Solidarity with Alex Zanardi
The 34th Huawei Venicemarathon will, as always, also be a solidarity marathon for those who love to run for others and combine sporting action with practical help, including through the involvement of friends and relatives. Venicemarathon Charity Program offers the possibility of choosing a NPO participating in the initiative, marrying the project and helping it to grow with donations.
The 34th Huawei Venicemarathon is an event organized by Venicemarathon, with the collaboration of: Huawei, Sara, UYN, Karhu, BMW, RDS, Pro Action, Ventura, San Benedetto, Air France, Alì, Rio Mare, Banco BPM, Nuncas, Dorelan, Bavaria, M9, 1/6H, RaceOne, Pica, Trenitalia, Zuegg, Palmisano, Melinda, Interparking, Castellano Vigilanza.