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Bologna Marathon 2025

ยซ A Marathon, Bologna Style! ยป
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ยฉRoberto Del Bianco

The event in a few words

Welcome to the Bologna Marathon! ๐ŸคŒ Set in the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in Italy, you're about to start your race in the exceptional setting of the city of Bologna ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ. The event takes place on the first weekend of March, right in the heart of the historic center โค๏ธ. Known as "the city of Porticos", this ancient medieval city boasts several exceptional monuments ๐Ÿคฉ, including its legendary arcades, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! ๐ŸŒ For its third edition, the event is making a comeback at Piazza Maggiore and aims to energize the alleyways of Bologna with its thousands of participants (and of course, we're counting you in ๐Ÿ˜‰)!

Lace up your sneakers ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ and hurry to train ๐Ÿƒ for one of the 4 distances offered on the day of the Bologna Marathon ๐Ÿค“. You can choose from the main event of the day, the "42 km Bologna Marathon", or opt for the "30 km Dei Portici", the "21 km Unipol Move Run Tune Up", or even the "5 km Tecnocasa City Run". All routes will have the same start and finish point: the Piazza Maggiore! This majestic square will welcome all runners and see them off on their journey starting from Via Indipendenza ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ. You will then discover the rich cultural heritage of Bologna "La Rossa" (in reference to its numerous red walls ๐ŸŸฅ). The courses are very flat ๐ŸŽ๏ธ with many straight lines and very little elevation gain, allowing you to speed up ๐Ÿš€ and breeze through to the finish line ๐Ÿ where the Italian supporters will be there to cheer you on in your final efforts ๐ŸŽ‰. This marathon will take you through all the iconic neighborhoods and landmarks of the city: a true sightseeing tour! ๐Ÿงญ The Bologna Marathon event also hosts the Bologna Half Marathon, a historic race celebrating its 20th edition ๐ŸŽ‚. It's a real runner's rendezvous in the making! ๐Ÿ˜ And to ensure the sporting weekend is accessible to everyone, you can even join the 5 km course, which takes you right into the heart ๐Ÿ’– of the capital of Bolognese sauce ๐Ÿ. But be careful not to stop along the way to indulge in one! ๐Ÿ‘€ By signing up for this race, you can choose to be part of the charity program "Run5000" ๐ŸŽ—๏ธ and run for a cause ๐Ÿ‘•. It's an opportunity to do some good and support one of the 13 partner associations of the event ๐Ÿ’ช. Open to all, including walkers, this race will only further highlight the festive and friendly atmosphere awaiting you in Bologna ๐Ÿฅณ.

You might as well plan to stay a bit longer in the area! ๐Ÿ“ While the race offers a glimpse of the city's most beautiful monuments and neighborhoods, we highly recommend you take the time to explore at a more leisurely pace ๐Ÿฆต to enjoy the wonders of Bologna. You'll already have spent a fair amount of time at Piazza Maggiore, but with the crowd on marathon day, it's hard to appreciate just how impressive it is! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Close by is the city's oldest university ๐ŸŽ“. This Renaissance-style building is worth visiting if you're looking to marvel at such architecture ๐Ÿซ. Now that your race is over, no need to watch your step! ๐Ÿ˜œ So, look up and admire the Asinelli and Garisenda towers ๐Ÿ™๏ธ. If your legs allow it, you can even climb the nearly 500 steps of the Asinelli Tower ๐Ÿ“ˆ for a panoramic view of the entire Bolognese city ๐Ÿ“ธ. And because we know that for every runner, pasta is sacred ๐Ÿคค, we can only recommend you try the tagliatelle "al ragรน" from Bologna "La Grassa" ๐Ÿ. It's another nickname for the city, and you'll understand why after experiencing its culinary richness! ๐Ÿฒ

We know your mouth is watering, so come run the Bologna Marathon! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

A distance for every taste

  • March 2025 (Date and time to be confirmed)
  • Elevation gainย :ย 179mD+ / 179mD-

    A few more words

    If you've made it this far, it's because you're eager to learn more about the route of this marathon! We're taking you along to discover the course that awaits you in this legendary 42 km challenge ๐Ÿค“.

    The marathon start line is placed on Via Indipendenza, and the finish line at Piazza Maggiore, one of Italy's most beautiful squares ๐Ÿคฉ. The course, after the first 8 kilometers which unfold entirely within the historic center of Bologna, will leave the Santo Stefano neighborhood, heading towards the "San Giacomo fuori le mura" parish โ›ช. Here, you'll tackle about 20 km characterized by long straights and very few direction changes: perfect for picking up maximum speed ๐ŸŽ๏ธ. You'll pass through the Savena and San Donato - Vitale districts, eventually returning via Corticella and alongside Bolognina then through the Porto-Saragoza district and back to the city center ๐Ÿ™๏ธ. As you can see, this marathon offers the ideal features: a perfect balance between a fast course brimming with history! ๐Ÿ˜ Several iconic landmarks will be your running mates: the Parco della Montagnola, Piazza dell'otto Agosto, the Botanical Garden Giardini dell'orto Botanico, and of course, the iconic University of Bologna.

    This marathon promises a magnificent route and unforgettable moments! โœจ

    • March 2025 (Date and time to be confirmed)
    • Elevation gainย :ย 142mD+ / 143mD-

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      Planning to run the 30 km? Great choice! Hereโ€™s everything you need to know about the course ๐Ÿ˜œ.

      This race is the perfect opportunity to explore the most iconic landmarks of the ancient medieval city of Bologna. Indeed, it's not called the "30 km Dei Portici" for nothing! The route will guide you along the arcades of Bologna, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site ๐ŸŒ. Kicking off alongside the marathon, it shares much of its course, including the start and finish line at Piazza Maggiore. The course features several long straightaways allowing you to build up speed! During your run, youโ€™ll get to explore the historic center, as well as the districts of Santo Stefano, Porto Saragozza, San Donato, and even a bit of Navile ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ.

      We agree, the course itself is enough reason to join the race! ๐Ÿƒ

      • March 2025 (Date and time to be confirmed)
      • Elevation gainย :ย 97mD+ / 98mD-

        A few more words

        The Bologna Half Marathon is also one of the major races anticipated on the first weekend of March ๐Ÿคฉ. The 20th edition of the "Unipol Move Run Tune Up" is set for 2024, and it has become the historic half marathon of the city. So, are you ready to line up at the start? ๐Ÿšฆ

        The course shares the same start and finish line as the marathon and 30 km races: you'll get to experience the majestic setting of Piazza Maggiore! โญ It's an official race of the Italian Athletics Federation, spanning precisely 21,097 km. The route will take you through the quaint alleys of Bologna's historic center ๐Ÿ˜Œ, and lead you into the north part of the city, specifically through the Navile and Porto Saragozza neighborhoods!

        If you want to learn more about this iconic half marathon, feel free to check out its dedicated page (right here ๐Ÿ‘ˆ), which will immerse you even further into the Italian sporting spirit and Bolognese culture (and not the spaghetti sauce ๐Ÿ).

        • March 2025 (Date and time to be confirmed)

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          So, what's in store for the 5 km race? We've got all the details on this course right in the heart of Bologna! โค๏ธ

          It's the perfect opportunity to embrace the spirit of the marathon in a shorter format and explore the historic city center. The "Tecnocasa Bologna City Run" will take you through the cityโ€™s narrow streets, alongside its red walls, towers, and other iconic monuments such as the millenary University and its colorful medieval buildings, or the legendary arcades ๐Ÿคฉ. You'll start at Via Indipendenza and finish at Via Rizzoli. This is more than just a race that's open to everyone; it's also an opportunity to walk or run for a good cause. Indeed, when you register, you can choose to join the Run5000 charity program and thus support one of the 15 partner organizations of the event.

          What awaits is a quintessential Bologna experience, allowing you to enjoy every kilometer without the pressure of the clock ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

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