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Venice Marathon

Sunday October 22nd, 2023
Venice, Italy
Distance: Marathon · 10K
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The Venice Marathon is one of the most beautiful marathons known for the historical, artistic and picturesque surrounding in which it takes place.

It starts in Stra, a small village located at about 25 km west of Venice, at the beginning of the Riviera del Brenta, a beautiful area near the River Brenta, where the rich and noble Venetians built their summer homes for vacation in the eighteenth century.

In this area is the famous Villa Pisani at Stra, the "Queen of the Venetian Villas". In its rooms Doges, kings and emperors have been hosted in the past. Now is a national museum that exposes great art works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries including masterpieces of Tiepolo.

The marathon runs through the center of Marghera and Mestre, continues for more than 2 km within the San Giuliano Park until Venice crossing the Ponte della Libertà..

Following the Canale della Giudecca till Punta della Dogana, across a floating bridge built specifically for the marathon, runners will arrive to Piazza San Marco, and finally running along the Laguna the race will finish at Riva Sette Martiri in Sestiere di Castello.

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Venice Marathon, Race Date: 2022-10-23, Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:08:10 Solomon Mutai UGA
2nd Male 2:09:41 Emmanuel Rutto Naibei KEN
3rd Male 2:09:54 Deleledegn Abebe Tefese ETH
4th Male 2:12:12 habtu desta ethi
Female 2:29:14 Lucy Karimi KEN
2nd Female 2:29:46 rebecca chesir KEN
3rd Female 2:29:46 coroline jebet ken
4th Female 2:30:25 nimbona evaline bur
Division Time Name Age Home
M 60-69 3:11:43 ZATTIN ROBERTO ITA
F 40-49 2:56:42 DHAEN STEFANIE ITA
F 60-69 4:06:19 HELM NINA ITA
F 70+ 4:33:04 KUHN KATALIN ITA
Venice Marathon

Course overview

Start is located in Stra (a small country town about 25 kms west of Venice), along the Brenta Riviera, the beautiful riverside area where rich and noble Venetians built their vacation mansions in the 18th century.

The finish is in the historic centre of Venice, after passing through St. Mark’s square on to the Riva Sette Martiri, along the lagoon facing St George island.

The first part of the course, along the Riviera del Brenta, touches an environment rich with history, culture and beautiful landscapes, marked by the numerous Venetian villas facing the waters of the river.

The marathon moves through the centre of Marghera and Mestre, then runs for more than 2 kilometers inside the San Giuliano Park and moves on to Venice over the Liberty Bridge, for a little less than 4 kilometers.

The race then enters the city's renovated port area and reaches the city centre for the last kilometers, which are simply unique and unforgettable. The runners proceed alongside the Giudecca Canal to Punta della Dogana, where they cross the Grand Canal on a bridge, especially built for the race.

Passing through Piazza San Marco with the cathedral and the Palazzo Ducale, the marathon course continues on to the finish in Riva Sette Martiri.

Course difficulty

The Venice marathon course is basically flat and fast. There are just a few difficulties, represented by 3-4 short slopes (100 meters or so) between the 25th and 35th kilometer.

In the final part of the marathon course (last 3 kilometers), runners will face 14 little bridges over Venice's canals. Wooden ramps are put in place to prevent athletes from running on the steps.

There are no cobblestones on the course (apart from the last 100 meters before the finish line). In the final 3 kilometres the running surface will be mainly made of large rectangular stone slabs.
The course is entirely closed to traffic and every kilometer is marked.

Course highlights

Riviera del Brenta, with several 18th century mansions along the course (in particular the impressive "Villa Pisani" at the start). Zattere, a 2-km-long embankment next to the Giudecca Canal, where athletes run close to the water.

The Bridge over the Grand Canal, a 170-meters-long bridge which is built just before the marathon and dismantled the night after.

Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale, historical Venice landmarks.
Finish line in Riva Sette Martiri, in the picturesque waterfront of St. Mark's Basin.

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