Venicemarathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Ranking and it is worldwide recognized and Bronze Label certificated by IAAF, and Gold Label by FIDAL.
The race route is unique: - start line in front of Villa Pisani, Riviera del Brenta; - run in Venice, crossing the floating bridge set up for the race, through Piazza San Marco, by the Campanile and Palazzo Ducale... Venicemarathon is a race that continues to fascinate runners and spectators for decades.


The event is open to all athletes being at least 20.
If you run with tourist-sporting goals in the not agonistic race it will be enough to register online and then sign and upload the Venicemarathon liability waiver form.

Download the rulebook.
If you prefer to take part in the agonistic race, and have the chance to compete for a prize and be included in the FIDAL/IAAF ranking list you have to:
• hold membership of a foreign Sports Federation affiliated with IAAF and in this case you have to provide Venicemarathon with a copy of the association license or a self declaration in which you declare that you are affiliated with a sports club;
• get the FIDAL Runcard and provide Venicemarathon with a copy of the medical certification which allows you to take part in competitive races according to the Italian law.
2021 entry fees - NEW REGISTRATIONS
• 60€ from 1 to 1600 entries 
• 65€ from 1601 to 3600 entries 
• 70€ from 3601 to 4600 entries 
• 80€ from 4601 entries
All athletes who were already registered in 2020 edition will have the opportunity to participate at no additional cost to the Venicemarathon 2021, they will receive an email with all the information for the registration.
Entry options
Entry can be made using the online registration, in this case the payment will be made at the moment of registration by credit card.
Registration fee includes:
• Bib number
• Medical assistance
• Refreshments along the course
• Goody bag
• Official programme and information publications
• Rent of timing chip
• Results by e-mail
• Finisher's commemorative medal
• Pre-race transportation from Venice Tronchetto or Mestre to the start area
• Personal clothes transportation from start to finish area
• Post-race transportation from the finish area to Venice Tronchetto, Mestre or start area
Are you worried that unforeseen events will happen that will prevent you from competing?

Do you want to be sure of a refund of the fee, in case of justified inability to participate, at a low cost?

TDS, in partnership with ERGO, one of the most important brands in the insurance sector, offers you a specific product for those who, like you, may be forced to renounce participation due to illness (including diseases related to COVID-19), accident, accident during the trip or other unforeseen causes. In case of recognition of the compensation, the reimbursement covers the registration fee, the commissions, for the service and all other possible services purchased (with the exclusion of the cost of the policy) that you will not be able to use due to absence!


Due to Covid-19 pandemic situation this rulebook follows the federal protocol in force and may be unquestionably modified to respect all the Governative rules emanated; also all the procedures and services reserved for participants may be modified.
Recommendations to contain the spread of coronavirus
Green Covid-19 certifications
Those who will be entitled or have to participate in the race must show his/her green Covid-19  certifications as follow and, for an easy tracking: 

1.       green Covid-19 certification: it may be issued after the first dose of the vaccine has been injected and is valid from the 15th day following it until the date scheduled for the second dose (in the case of a double dose vaccine). The green certification has in any case a validity of nine months from the completion of the cycle of the vaccination

2.      recovery from Sars-Cov-2 infection (6 months validity);

3.      carrying out a molecular or antigenic rapid test or swab with negative result to Sars-Cov-2 virus (valid for 48 hours).

The above provisions are not applied to people excluded by age from the vaccination campaign and to exempt people on the basis of appropriate medical certification issued according to the rules defined from the Ministry of Health.
Face mask
All athletes registered for the race have to correctly wear the face-mask in all the steps before and after the race; you will take it off only 500m after the start and you will have to wear it again when crossing the finish line. If athletes have not got any, after the finish line, the Organizing Committee will provide them with one..
Race Start
The start will be divided into corrals of a maximum of 2000 participants and that will be spaced between them enough time to allow the outflow of athletes.
The starting corral of each participant will be clearly indicated on the race bib by a specific color. Access to the individual starting corral will be manned by our staff that will allow access only to athletes with bib combined with each corral and to the authorized staff recognizable by special pass.

In the refreshments provided along the course will be provided only drinks in closed bottles and individually bagged foods. It will be however advised to all participants to bring with them what they will need during the race and to store the waste to throw them only and exclusively in the appropriate containers that will be arranged in more points of the course and on the finish line. 

The final refreshment will be given to all participants in a closed bag. The distribution areas of the bags will be located on several points on both sides of the road and our staff will sort the athletes in the specific areas to avoid gatherings. 

The refreshment bag will also hold the Finisher’s commemorative medal
After receiving the bag the athletes have to follow the instructions to exit to the race area.


Check your registration! Have a look at the square reported by your name, if the light is green no problem, if it is yellow or red click on it and read the missing documents. Do not get to Venice without having all documents in order.


Sunday, 24th October 2020.
Venicemarathon is held every year on the fourth Sunday of October. Future editions: 23th October 2022.
Start time
Marathon will start at 9:40am approximately.
The exact start time will be decided the day before the race, according to organization needs and TV broadcasting.
average high: 15°C / 59°F
average low: 7°C / 44°F
Bib pick-up
Pick up your bib and race pack on Friday 22nd October and Saturday 23rd October at the Exposport Venicemarathon Village.
Venicemarathon Expo Village will be located in Venezia Mestre, inside the San Giuliano Park.
Opening hours: 
• Friday from 10am until 8pm
• Saturday from 9am until 8pm.
How to get there: directions will be included in the confirmation letter.
No bib pick-up on Sunday morning before the race. No bib sent at home before the race.
Bib numbers distribution
Bib numbers will be distributed in a progressive way depending on the registration date (those who register early will get a lower bib number).
The corral will be distributed on the basis of the best personal time declared by applicants recorded in one race within the past 2 years and this will be shown on the bib number with the color. The organization can verify the best personal time declared and in case of false declaration the runner will start at the back of the group.
Pre-Race Transportation
There will be a free shuttle service to reach the start line in Stra, reserved to participants only. The organization strongly advises all participants to use said service because the start area is difficult to access by personal means of transportation.

Shuttles will leave from:

· Venezia Tronchetto from 7:00am to 7:20am (last bus);

· Venezia Mestre (railway station) from 7:10am to 7:30am (last bus).

Should you go to the start by your own car, remember that the area could be busy and the streets partially closed, try to be there early.
Bags for personal belongins
Athletes will be allowed to use the kit bags provided by the organization ONLY (they will be distributed with the bibs).
Note! Other types of bags will not be accepted.
Starting Area
In the starting area athlets will find the changing area and many toilets.
Race timing will be managed by Timing Data Service.
Thanks to the chip applied to the back of athlete's bib number, sensors will record the actual time in which each runner finishes the race.
Intermediate times will be also recorded at the km: 5, 10, 15, 21.097 (half marathon), 25, 30, 35 and 40.
Times and rankings will be available in real time during the race on the web site www.venicemarathon.it
Venicemarathon Pacing Team

Pacemakers are your guardian angels during the race!
A group of athletes are at your disposal and will help you to finish the marathon record in given time.
To run 42 kms you need muscles, heart and head, and they will help you to keep them together and find the motivation in case a small crisis comes up. Together you will reach the finish line. A goal you have shared, with effort, satisfaction and emotion. We especially like to give you this opportunity: we want your marathon to be truly unforgettable. So give yourself a time goal, look for your pacer and get ready to follow his balloon. Trust them, because you have 42K to do together, and let them bring you to the end of this marathon.

Along the route
Refreshement stations with water are available on the course every 5 kilometers starting from km 5. Sports drinks, fruit and cookies will be available from the 20th kilometer.
Runners will find 2 personal sponges in the race pack. They should carry the sponges with them during the race and soak them in the fresh water tanks available every 5 km, starting from km 7.5. Additional sponges will be available in the starting area, but not along the course.
For competitors who withdraw, pick-up buses will carry them to the first-aid stations (placed at km 23.5 and 31).
Maximum Times
Maximum time - half marathon: 2h45'
Maximum time - km 30: 3h50'
Maximum time - finish: 6h00'
After these times the organization cannot guarantee complete closing of the race course.
Finish Area
The finish line is in Venice, in Riva dei Sette Martiri.
Beyond the finish line, athletes will find: the medal delivery area, the refreshment station, the bags pick-up area, restrooms and toilets.
Prize purse
After the race the first 3 men and the first 3 women will be rewarded.
Prize purses for the first 6 men and the first 6 women and for Italian athletes for the months after the race.
Post-Race Transportation

To go back to the mainland from the finish line there are free services for athletes.

-Motorboats from Venezia Giardini to Venezia Tronchetto will be at athletes’ disposal from 12:40pm.

-Bus shuttle service will take you afterwards from Venezia Tronchetto to the railway station in Mestre or to the start area in Stra.

PAY ATTENTION!! The only free service at athletes’ disposal is the one arranged by the organization. Should you board ordinary-line-boats, the organization won’t be responsible for that and you will need to buy the tickets!


Start line

Stra (VE) - Villa Pisani

Finish line

Venezia - Riva Sette Martiri


42,195 kilometers / 26,224 miles
Distance measured and certified by AIMS/IAAF.
There is no half marathon race. The race is only on the full marathon distance

Course overview

The start of the 42K is from the Queen of the Venetian Villas, Villa Pisani, which exceptionally opens the gates of its park to welcome the marathon runners before the start.

The first part of the course, along the Riviera del Brenta develops through  a landscape rich in history, art and culture, characterized by many ancient Venetian Villas overlooking the river.

Then the race course goes through the centre of Marghera and Mestre, and here it passes through the new museum of the 20th century, M9, a new workshop of technological and interactive knowledge, with its colourful buildings which host the museum halls. The course snakes over 2 km inside San Giuliano Park, where the 10K starts, and reaches Venice by the “Ponte della Libertà” (a flat and straight bridge of almost 4 km).

The race enters the renovated port area and reaches the historic centre where you experience the most special and unforgettable part of the race. You run alongside Canale della Giudecca to Punta della Dogana, where a pontoon bridge built specifically for the race allows you to cross the Grand Canal.

Passing through Piazza San Marco (high tide permitting ...), near the Campanile and the Doge's Palace, the course reaches the finish line located in Riva Sette Martiri.


Course difficulty

The Venicemarathon course is basically flat and fast. There are just a few difficulties, represented by 3-4 short slopes (100 meters or so) between the 25th and 35th kilometer.
In the final part of the marathon course (last 3 kilometers), runners will face 14 little bridges over Venice's canals. Wooden ramps are put in place to prevent athletes from running on the steps.
There are no cobblestones on the course (apart from the last 100 meters before the finish line). In the final 3 kilometres the running surface will be mainly made of large rectangular stone slabs.
The course is entirely closed to traffic and every kilometer is marked.

Course highlights

Riviera del Brenta, with several 18th century mansions along the course (in particular the impressive "Villa Pisani" at the start). Zattere, a 2-km-long embankment next to the Giudecca Canal, where athletes run close to the water.
The Bridge over the Grand Canal, a 170-meters-long bridge which is built just before the marathon and dismantled the night after.
Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale, historical Venice landmarks.
Finish line in Riva Sette Martiri, in the picturesque waterfront of St. Mark's Basin.


  Prize   Prize
€ 6.000 € 6.000
€ 4.000 € 4.000
€ 2.500 € 2.500
€ 1.500 € 1.500
€ 1.000 € 1.000

MEN - Race time under: WOMEN - Race time under:
€ 10.000 (1st only) 2h23'37''
€ 10.000 1st only)


The prize money for the Overall Category is reserved to all athletes licensed to FIDAL or to a IAAF Foreign Federation.
All payments will be due by March 31, 2022, and in any case after the anti-doping test results are published. Besides all payments will be subjected to the declaration no. 342/2000 of the Italian Law.