Venice Marathon

(October 27th, 2013)

The Venice Marathon is an annual running competition held in the last two weeks of October.
It was first held in 1986, when 712 people attended the competition, giving a great boost to Italian sport.
The Marathon starts at Villa Pisani in Stra, a village near Padua. The route goes on road n.11, then passes across Fiesso d'Artico, Dolo, Mira, Oriago and Malcontenta in the direction of Mestre. After 5 km, the run continues in St. Giuliano's park for about 3 km before reaching Venice.
For sure, the most difficult part of the marathon is by the Ponte della Libertà (Freedom's Bridge), which connects the suburbs to the city. It brings runners to the port area, in the direction of the old city centre, passing all the famous bridges of the city, St. Mark's Square, Riva of Schiavoni, Riva of Ca' di Dio and Riva of San Biagio.
The end of the race is at Riva of Sette Martiri. The total distance of the marathon is 42 km (26 miles). To participate in the Venice Marathon you must be at least 18 years old and have a FEDAL member card.

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