19th Rome Marathon

On March 17th, a lot of people will run in the magnificent streets of Rome on the occasion of 19th edition of the ACEA Rome Marathon, which this year adopted the UNAR(National Anti-Racial Discrimination, Ministry for Equal Opportunities) slogan: “Ti si apre un mondo, chiudi al razzismo” (A new world opens up to you, close the door on racism”).

Fourteen thousands athletes will compete in the streets of Rome, 6 of whom are from abroad. Rome will be invaded by marathoners from all over the world, and beyond. Besides the marathon, Rome will be in the spotlight of the world for the possible election of the new Pope. In addition, on March 17th, the anniversary of the Union of Italy will be celebrated with a ceremony at the Altare della Patria.

The date was confirmed despite a possible coincidence with the enthronement of the new Pope: in this case, the race will begin at 4 pm instead of 9 am.

Athletes will start running from the Imperial Fora; the area of St. Peter was removed from the path and the distance will be covered in the Testaccio quarters and the Olympic Village, and lately the Autorium. The route will still be suggestive as ever, reaching more than 500 monuments, churches and other wonderful corners of the Eternal City.

Among the participants, we also find 49 top runners, 29 men and 20 women including the Ethiopian Chele Dechasa, Kenyans Sylvester Kimeli Teimet and Luka Lokobe Kanda, winner of the 2012 edition, the Russian Artjom Aplačkin and the Portuguese Hermano Ferreira, for men. Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai, winner of the 2012 edition, the Turkish Sultan Haydar, the Russian Olga glok, the Belarusian Nastassija Staravojtava for female marathon runners. A 42,195-meters-long route between history and art, and finally runners will come back to the starting point to cross the finish line with a time limit of 7 hours.

The first athletes crossing the finish line will award 25,000 euros, the second ones will win 16,000 euros and the third ones 10,000 euros. All the runners who will cross the finish line will obtain the medal of the Marathon.

In addition, also the RomaFun will take place, the non-competitive, 5-km-long marathon dedicated to anyone, which will start (at 9:15 am) and end at the Imperial Fora. Over 80 thousand participants are expected to participate in the special categories: more than 10,000 students, 4,000 people aged over 65, the Scouts Agesci and many others. And, last but not least, the lovely dogs of Stracanina of Rome, a 4.7-km-long race for dogs and owners.

There will also be the race of about 110 disabled athletes. The most crowded category (60 participants), the handbike with Alex Zanardi (the ex Formula 1 driver became a legend in Paralympic Sport in London 2012). Another name for the tip, Raffaele Panebianco, among the blind athletes. On the road, as usual, there will be also the marathon relay of autistic children of Progetto Filippide.

As usual, Rome Marathon is a competition with fundraising purposes: dozens of Italian non-profit organizations commit to raise funds in the current Charity program of Rete del Dono (www.retedeldono.it) with 80 projects conceived for helping and supporting. Every athlete can associate his/her own name to a project for encouraging donations. The athlete who will collect most funds will receive a special medal from the President of Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano.

Together with the marathon race there will be “Una Città in Festa” (“A City on Celebrations”), a long series of art, culture and sounds with over 50 music performances. And don’t forget about the Marathon Village at Palazzo dei Congressi (John F. Kennedy Square 1): 15,000 sq m, 120 stalls, from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th (from 10 am to 8 pm, with admission free), conferences, shows, sports demonstrations, music, children’s entertainment, games and pasta party.

The stracittadina (5 km long) will have the RomaFun Village at the arrival point with a tasting o the products of the sponsoring companies, sport demonstrations, fun activities and musical entertainment by Radio Lattemiele.

If you want to follow Rome Marathon on tv, you can watch it on La7 channel (from 8.40 am to 11.55 am), streaming live on www.la7.it. Live in 67 different countries with English comments. You can find all information about Rome Marathon on the official website.

If you want to take part in this special day in Rome you can book a hotel in Rome and learn more about this city visiting our online travel guide About Roma.

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