Get ready to race!
On Saturday 29th April Venice will light up of a new light, the light of the headlamps of 3.000 people registered in this unique 16K race which will take place in one of the most magical cities in the world.
Just few days left before the long-awaited sporting event… on Saturday 29th April Venice will light up of a new light, the light of the headlamps of 3.000 people registered in this unique 16 k- race which will take place in one of the most magical cities in the world. Running at night, wrapped in the silence and accompanied by the sweet melody of the water, is an experience not to be missed for those who love to match a sporting occasion with the discover of enchanting urban contexts.
Week after week we guided you among the places you will run through in order to make you enjoy at its best this nightlife experience.
Now you are prepared to face the race course along canali and rii, among campi and campielli, up and down over 51 bridges, in a maze of calli and fondamenta paved with masegni; be careful where you will put your feet but at the same time try to don’t miss the landscape around you!
You will always be surrounded by water, both of the lagoon and the drinking water of the fountains (really appreciated by the thirsty runners).
If sometimes you will raise your sight, you will notice the nizioleti (the urban sign of Venice) on the walls and you will be able to immerse you even further in the atmosphere of this history-soaked city.
In this second edition there is an interesting news: all athletes will be divided into two large teams, each with an Italian top-trailer.
Marco De Gasperi and Stefano Gregoretti will be the stars of the event. Multiple mountain running champion the first, ultrarunner coming off spectacular crosses the second.
It will be even more challenging to compete with these “guides” and it will be even more important for each one to give the best because the total sum of the race times will decree the victory of one of the two teams.
Don’t underestimate the obstacles that you will find along the way: it will be frequent to find “congestions”, especially in the first kilometers, due to the bridges that will make you slow down and some tight calli (remember that there will be 3.000 runners!).
Frequent also the bacari and osterias which you will notice crossing the different districts (especially along the fondamenta in the Cannaregio district), not to be confused with refreshment points!
Go straight to the finish line to win your team, then you will have all the time to celebrate in the moonlight!
Ready, set, GO!
*Stories by run is a weekly column written by Venice by Run for the VMC – Venice Marathon Club events magazine.
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