The Top 10 Italian Distance Races

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Passing through Italy on your travels?

Why not add one of the country’s best distance races to your schedule?

Runnerworld UK have an article titled, The Top 10 Italian Races, as selected by Runner’s World Italy’s Deputy Editor Vittorio Nava.

Vittorio writes:

From the thrill of running on the Formula One track at Monza to the more visceral delights of some of the world’s greatest cities, Italian races boast both ancient and modern pleasures for the visiting runner. For the best pre-race carbo-loading in the world and architecture to die for Italy has a wealth of breathtaking races.

A few of the highlights:

Rome Marathon (March)

2009 Date: March 22
Combines effortless charm, a seemingly untouched reminder of ancient civilisation and a thriving new metropolis as well as the city of Rome. The marathon attracts thousands of international runners to its 15,000-strong field. The race starts at the world-famous Coliseum before following a course along ancient roads and uneven cobblestone streets, past classical monuments and lively piazzas crammed with enthusiastic supporters.

Race website: www.stramilano.it

Ecomaratona dei Marsi (May)

2009 Date: tbc
This Italian trail marathon offers the opportunity to enjoy the valleys, mountains, parks and forests of the Abruzzo region. With roads accounting for only 15 per cent of the 26.2 miles, this race is a nature-lover’s dream and great challenge, with climbs rising from 913m to 1,713m above sea level.
Race website: www.ecomaratonadeimarsi.it

Mezza di Monza (September)

2009 Date: tbc
If you’re a Formula One fan, this half-marathon in Lombardy should give you a buzz. The race begins and ends on the official start line of the Italian Grand Prix and a time limit of two hours and 15 minutes means you’ll have to be speedy. The route takes runners along the tree-lined avenues of Monza Park and through the Villa Mirabello gardens past grand historical buildings such as the Cascina Casalta.
Race website: www.mezzadimonza.it

Romeo and Juliet Half-Marathon (October)

2009 Date: tbc
When Shakespeare published his play Romeo and Juliet in 1597 he probably didn’t expect the Italian tragedy to create so many spinoffs, including a half-marathon. TheĀ  13.1-mile race was launched in 2008 and passes some of the most beautiful monuments of the city of Verona as well as attracting enthusiastic support from the locals. The promise of a pasta party at the finish should help you to keep going if you didn’t carbo load well the night before.
Race website: www.maratoninagiuliettaromeo.it

Click through to the article for the other six other great italian races.

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The Top 10 Italian Distance Races

Photo courtesy of jdiggans

Passing through Italy on your travels?

Why not add one of the country’s best distance races to your schedule?

Runnerworld UK have an article titled, The Top 10 Italian Races, as selected by Runner’s World Italy’s Deputy Editor Vittorio Nava.

Vittorio writes:

From the thrill of running on the Formula One track at Monza to the more visceral delights of some of the world’s greatest cities, Italian races boast both ancient and modern pleasures for the visiting runner. For the best pre-race carbo-loading in the world and architecture to die for Italy has a wealth of breathtaking races.

A few of the highlights:

Rome Marathon (March)

2009 Date: March 22
Combines effortless charm, a seemingly untouched reminder of ancient civilisation and a thriving new metropolis as well as the city of Rome. The marathon attracts thousands of international runners to its 15,000-strong field. The race starts at the world-famous Coliseum before following a course along ancient roads and uneven cobblestone streets, past classical monuments and lively piazzas crammed with enthusiastic supporters.

Race website: www.stramilano.it

Ecomaratona dei Marsi (May)

2009 Date: tbc
This Italian trail marathon offers the opportunity to enjoy the valleys, mountains, parks and forests of the Abruzzo region. With roads accounting for only 15 per cent of the 26.2 miles, this race is a nature-lover’s dream and great challenge, with climbs rising from 913m to 1,713m above sea level.
Race website: www.ecomaratonadeimarsi.it

Mezza di Monza (September)

2009 Date: tbc
If you’re a Formula One fan, this half-marathon in Lombardy should give you a buzz. The race begins and ends on the official start line of the Italian Grand Prix and a time limit of two hours and 15 minutes means you’ll have to be speedy. The route takes runners along the tree-lined avenues of Monza Park and through the Villa Mirabello gardens past grand historical buildings such as the Cascina Casalta.
Race website: www.mezzadimonza.it

Romeo and Juliet Half-Marathon (October)

2009 Date: tbc
When Shakespeare published his play Romeo and Juliet in 1597 he probably didn’t expect the Italian tragedy to create so many spinoffs, including a half-marathon. TheĀ  13.1-mile race was launched in 2008 and passes some of the most beautiful monuments of the city of Verona as well as attracting enthusiastic support from the locals. The promise of a pasta party at the finish should help you to keep going if you didn’t carbo load well the night before.
Race website: www.maratoninagiuliettaromeo.it

Click through to the article for the other six other great italian races.

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