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Rome Marathon 2024

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The event in a few words

The Rome Marathon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น (or Run Rome The Marathon, its official name ๐Ÿ˜Œ), is like a delicious spritz! ๐Ÿธ At first, you wonder how you're going to finish that glass race. Then, after a few sips kilometers, you start feeling pretty good. And finally, when you've conquered that delightful cocktail marathon, you're almost tempted to run order a second one! ๐Ÿ˜ No cocktail today (sorry ๐Ÿ˜ญ), but let us take you on a journey to discover the marvelous event that is the Rome Marathon! ๐Ÿ’ซ

Every year, about 25,000 participants (across all events โœŠ) gather to run through the city of seven hills โ›ฐ๏ธ. As its nickname suggests, Rome has its ups and downs ๐Ÿชœ (including the Vatican, Villa Borghese... ๐ŸŒณ). However, the organizers have designed a relatively flat course ๐Ÿ“. Though not Europe's fastest marathon ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ, aside from one or two hills, some tight turns and the cobblestones, you won't face any insurmountable challenges! ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Enveloped by the beauty of the monuments and the delightful atmosphere of the city ๐Ÿฅฐ, the runners will quickly forget these few quirks ๐Ÿ‘. As for the races, there's plenty to choose from! The lineup includes a marathon of 42.195 kilometers that you can tackle solo or in a relay team of 4 ๐Ÿค, as well as a fun-filled Fun Race ๐Ÿคช of 5 km. And what if we told you that you might just find love, the real, grand love, in the eternal city? ๐Ÿฉท The love for running and marathons, of course!

Uno, due, treโ€ฆ Andiamo! Keep your eyes wide open ๐Ÿ‘€, you're in for a spectacular view (and quite the workout for your legs too ๐Ÿฆต๐Ÿ”ฅ). Rome is an open-air museum! ๐Ÿ› Indeed, at every kilometer, or rather, every 100 meters, you'll spot a new monumentโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ Your race will start and finish at the Colosseum, a fabulous setting for the gladiator of running that you are, right? โš”๏ธ Next, you'll head to the oldest, largest, and most beautiful racetrack in Rome... AKA the Circo Massimo ๐ŸŽ (or Circus Maximus for the Latin class veterans ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ)! After about ten kilometers, you'll reach the popular neighborhood of Trastevere. However, its charming narrow streets ๐Ÿค are too tight to accommodate the thousands of marathon runners. But you must visit this picturesque borough before or after the race (especially in the evening when it comes alive... ๐Ÿชฉ). Let's continue describing the course... โžก๏ธ

Just before the halfway point, you'll pass by the iconic Castel Sant'Angelo ๐Ÿ‘ผ (tied at second place for must-visit monuments on Tripadvisor, right alongside the Vatican ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ). Talk about timing! And speaking of the Vatican... ๐Ÿ™„ Around km 17, you'll be running toward St. Peter's Basilica ๐Ÿชจ, up the renowned "Via della Conciliazione" leading to the Vatican, exclusively reserved for the occasion ๐Ÿ›‘. It's truly one of the marathon's most beautiful stretches... ๐ŸคŒ For a bit of history, in 2013, the organization of the marathon was disrupted by an incredible event. Due to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI โœ๏ธ, a conclave to elect the new Pope threatened the race ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Nonetheless, the organizers managed to modify the courseโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ‘ But worry not, this year, you should be able to run close to the Vatican! ๐Ÿ˜… Along the way, you'll see the Caracalla Baths, the Pyramid of Cestius, the Tiber Island, and the St. Peter's Basilica โ›ช๏ธ. Next, you'll pass by the imposing Supreme Court of Cassation. Afterward, you'll weave through the Prati neighborhood, strolling down the grand boulevards of this early 20th-century district ๐Ÿ‘.

For the second half of the marathon, you'll head North of Rome ๐Ÿ›๏ธ, along the West bank of the Tiber. This section is a bit greener ๐Ÿƒ, with fewer monuments ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ. Football fans will relish the moment they run past the Stadio Olimpico ๐ŸŸ๏ธ. A must-see: the 30th km! Characterized by a challenging hill ๐Ÿพ (at the 29th km), followed by a gentle downhill, which some call a "slide" ๐Ÿ›. After this, you'll gradually return to the heart of Rome, where crowds will gather ๐Ÿ“ฃ, and you'll feel invigorated by fantastic stretches (and plenty of cobblestones, of course ๐Ÿ˜…). Notably, you'll run along the Via del Corso, making a 180ยฐ turn at the Piazza del Popolo, before heading down towards the Spanish Steps ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ (it's majestic, you'll see ๐Ÿ˜‰). And there's more! You'll also discover the Piazza Navona, with its three exquisite fountains โ›ฒ๏ธ, its cafรฉs โ˜•๏ธ, and its baroque architecture. Finally, as the gladiator you've always been ๐Ÿคบ, you'll cross the finish line ๐Ÿ at the Colosseum! ๐Ÿ† "No nature", you might say? True ๐Ÿ‘Š, but don't forget that the legendary river, the Tiber, where Romulus and Remus were abandoned, will always be near. And you'll cross it six times!

If 42 km solo seems too much (and we get it ๐Ÿซ ), you can opt for the marathon relay with a team of 4. This event is highly popular, attracting nearly 1,500 teams! ๐Ÿ’ช Alternatively, you can go solo in the 5 km, which circles the Circo Massimo and the Colosseum, arguably one of the most beautiful 5 km races in the world ๐ŸŒŽ. Alongside the marathon, a fair ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ is organized at the Rome Convention Center, in the EUR district (Esposizione Universale di Roma). At the fair, you can: pick up your race bib ๐ŸŽฝ, do some shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ for gear before the big day ๐Ÿ˜œ, grab a bite ๐Ÿ• and stock up on carbs! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Plus, a variety of activities are planned throughout the weekend (photo booth ๐Ÿ“ธ, live music ๐ŸŽท, guest interviews ๐ŸŽคโ€ฆ).

So, what's next after all that? ๐Ÿค” Any guesses? Well, let's stop making your mouth water ๐Ÿคค, and finally answer the (only?) real question: "where to find the best spritz in Rome?" ๐Ÿธ If you're looking for a quiet, charming spot to enjoy this precious drink, we highly recommend heading to the Trastevere district, particularly the Piazza Trilussa! ๐Ÿ˜Š Alternatively, for something off the beaten path, you must visit the EUR district. Built by Mussolini in the 1930s as a showcase of fascism, this district has something truly unique about it. Don't miss the Square Colosseum, it's well worth the detour! โ†ฉ๏ธ Finally, if you're already familiar with Rome, you can also head to Ostia. Located to the South of Rome ๐Ÿงญ, about 15 minutes by train ๐Ÿšž from the Pyramid Station, Ostia is a gorgeous seaside resort! ๐ŸŒŠ Now the vacation spot for wealthy Romans ๐Ÿค‘, Ostia and its harbor โš“๏ธ were once Rome's gateway to the world!

You're thirsty for a spritz intrigued, aren't you? Don't wait too long to reserve your spot ๐Ÿช‘. Every year, the event draws a large number of runners, and spaces are limited! โš ๏ธ

6 reasons to join this race

The Rome Marathon, a Sporting Monument ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
The story of the Rome Marathon started in the early 1980s. At the time, organizers struggled to attract large crowds, leading to the marathon's cancellation between 1992 and 1994 ๐Ÿ™…. However, in 1995, a new organizing committee took over and revived the race! ๐Ÿ™Œ The first official winner was Ethiopian Belayneh Tadesse, who triumphed in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 13 seconds! Since then, the event has grown significantly, culminating in a special moment on January 1, 2000, when Pope John Paul II himself kicked off the race in Saint Peter's Square! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
A Multitude of Monuments ๐Ÿ›
Rome is an open-air museum! ๐ŸŒŒ The Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica... Should you get any cramps (you never know), just look up and feast your eyes to forget about the fatigue! ๐Ÿ‘€
The Unique Features of the Course โš”๏ธ
Finishing the Rome Marathon is a true achievement, as the race boasts unique challenges! Indeed, between the cobblestones, slight inclines (especially the one at the 30 km mark), and sharp turns... ๐Ÿ“ It's clear that it takes a strong character to conquer these 26.2 miles! Despite some difficulties, the Rome Marathon is still quite a fast course! ๐Ÿ›ผ In fact, it was once among Italy's fastest marathons, as demonstrated by Kenya's Kiptoo Koulum, who won in 2009 with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, and 17 seconds!
The Italian Patrol ๐Ÿ›ฉ๏ธ
A highlight of the marathon at 8:01 am: the flight over the start line (twice, no less) by the Frecce Tricolori ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น (Tricolour Arrows). A guaranteed chill for the runners... ๐Ÿ˜ฌ And an impressive sight for those not on the start line, who'll wake up to the sound of these fighter jets! โœˆ๏ธ
A Special Atmosphere ๐Ÿ˜Š
The Rome Marathon is a favorite among runners! ๐Ÿค— With the absolutely stunning race setting, flawless event organization, and generally mild weather in March... ๐ŸŒž It's easy to see why, every year, 25,000 people gather (across all events) in an attempt to become finishers and to run in the most popular running event in Italy!
Organization Down to a Fine Art... ๐Ÿง…
For 40 years now, the organizers of the Rome Marathon have ceaselessly worked to make this event an absolutely incredible race! โญ๏ธ Almost every year, the course has been redesigned to allow runners to discover this fantastic city in the best conditions possible!

A distance for every taste

  • Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 8:30 AM
  • Elevation gainย :ย 175mD+
  • 4,000+ runners in the last edition

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Ready to hit the ground running? Let's go! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Your race will start in front of Rome's most prestigious monument, none other than... the Colosseum! ๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ After this grand start, you'll be heading towards the Circus Maximus, the hippodrome ๐ŸŽ renowned for hosting the most legendary chariot races of Ancient Rome!

But you won't have time for a selfie ๐Ÿคณ, as you'll be making your way to the Trastevere neighborhood Trastevere! You will enter this district at the 10 km mark! Here, you'll discover its magnificent alleyways, cafรฉs, and churches! โ›ช๏ธ You'll also have the opportunity to run alongside the Tiber River, crossing it nearly 6 times! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Then, at the 20 km mark, you'll pass by the Castel Sant'Angelo ๐Ÿ‘ผ, Vatican City ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Just before the 35 km mark, you'll find yourself at Piazza Navona and its three exquisite fountains! Finally, you'll have the privilege of running the last kilometers of this marathon ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ through the historic center of the city. Notably, you'll cross the Piazza del Popolo ("People's Square" in English), one of Rome's largest squares, famous for its fountains โ›ฒ๏ธ, obelisk, and churches!

In the end, like the gladiator you've always been, you'll cross the finish line back at the Colosseum! ๐Ÿ

  • Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 8:45 AM
  • Elevation gainย :ย 175mD+
  • 300+ runners in the last edition

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Running a marathon is prestigious but isn't for everyone! Worry not: we have a solution for you! ๐Ÿซต Run4Rome allows you to divide the distance into 4, letting you run this marathon in a relay format! ๐Ÿค The distances are almost the same for all runners, so the order of the runners hardly matters. The only change will be the different landmarks ๐Ÿฆ you'll see along your way.

The first runner is in for a treat: starting at the Coliseum before running past the Circus Maximus, then by the Baths of Caracalla and the St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica โ›ช. This leg finishes at km 13, where the second runner will take over for a 11.8 km section.

This runner will run alongside the Tiber River ๐ŸŒŠ, catching a glimpse of the Castel Sant'Angelo, now a museum. ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ They will also run past the Vatican City, the smallest country in the world ๐Ÿค and official residence of the pope ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ.

The third section is slightly shorter than the others, spanning only 7.2 km. It offers views of the grand Foro Italico sports center and the Auditorium Parco della Musica ๐ŸŽถ. The final stretch features a descent along the Tiber River towards the Coliseum to come full circle ๐Ÿ”‚. The last runners will pass through Piazza del Popolo, the most famous square in the city, where a magnificent obelisk stands amidst fountains. โ›ฒ

The Run4Rome is an excellent challenge to undertake with friends and especially to discuss over a delicious plate of carbonara afterwards:

Relay 1: 13 km (start from the Coliseum and finish at km 13)

Relay 2: 11.8 km (start from km 13 and finish at km 24.8)

Relay 3: 7.2 km (start from km 24.8 and finish at km 32)

Relay 4: 10.195 km (start from km 32 and finish at 42.195 km)

  • Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    Want to explore the Eternal City at your own pace? ๐Ÿ˜Ž The organizers have got you covered with an 5 km route that's open to everyone, whether you prefer to walk or run ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ.

    This "Fun Run" starts just like the marathon, at the base of the Colosseum. You will then take the "Via San Gregorio" before skirting the "Parco di Porta Capena", heading towards the Thermae of Caracalla. Once in front of the baths, circle the stadium ๐ŸŸ๏ธ by taking the "Via Antonina" and cross the "Via San Gregorio" again to head towards the "Circus Maximus". Make your way around the circus ๐ŸŽช to its southern end. All that's left is to enjoy these ancient relics in front of you! ๐Ÿคฉ

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