It’s time to Run for Life, It’s time for 26th edition of Venice Marathon

Venice is one of the most charming cities in the world, a rare treasure famous for its architectural beauty, romanticism and peculiarities, such as living with high water, a phenomenon that is kept under control also by the Venice Marathon event staff.

The 26th edition of Venice Marathon will take place on Sunday 23rd October 2011. This year, probably the 7,000 athletes will be lucky: they will have the chance to cross the wonderful Piazza San Marco.

Start is located in Stra (a small country town about 25 km west of Venice), at the beginning of “Riviera del Brenta”, the beautiful riverside area where rich and noble Venetians built their vacation mansions in the 18th century.

The finish line is in the historic centre of Venice, on the embankment named Riva Sette Martiri, in a scenic position facing the lagoon.

The first part of the route, along the Riviera del Brenta, lays in an environment rich with history, culture and beautiful landscapes, characterized by the numerous Venetian villas facing on the waters of the river.

The marathon goes through the centre of Marghera and Mestre, then runs for more than 2 kilometers inside the green ark called Parco San Giuliano and gets to Venice via the Liberty Bridge (a flat and straight bridge long just a little less than 4 kilometers).

The race continues in Venice‘s renovated port area and reaches the city centre for the last kilometers, which are simply unique and unforgettable. Marathoners run next to the Giudecca Canal to Punta della Dogana, where they cross the Grand Canal on a pontoon bridge, especially built for the race.

Passing by Piazza San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, the marathon route gets to the finish line located in Riva Sette Martiri.

Passing through Piazza San Marco, near the Belltower and the Palazzo Ducale, the marathon route reaches the finish line located in Riva Sette Martiri.

The course distance covers 42.195 kilometers (26.224 miles) and it has been measured and certified by AIMS/IAAF.

In addition, we remind you the special appointment with the Family Run, a 3,5-km-long, non-competitive run open to guys and children, their families and everyone who looks for a chance to experience the great Venice Marathon sport event in first person and to live the city in a different way.

What is more, Family Run means also solidarity, because the registration revenues are assigned to charity.

The Family Runs are two separate races taking place at the same time in Venezia Mestre and Dolo and are scheduled for Saturday, October 22. Start time is at 10 a.m.

Family Run in Mestre
participants’ gathering: 9 a.m. near Exposport inside Parco San Giuliano (“Porta Rossa” gate).

Family Run in Dolo
participants’ gathering: 9 a.m. at the new Track & Field Stadium “Walter Martire” in Dolo (via Arino).

Outdoor sport, health and much fun. Don’t miss the 26th edition of Venice Marathon!

Further information about Venice Marathon and other events in Venice are available on the travel guide About Venice.

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