Marathons run in the largest cities of the world have become a very popular event and the Rome Marathon has seen a growing
number of participants, with a large foreign attendance, even though it lacks the reputation of the Boston Marathon
and the star-power of the New York one. The event takes place on a Sunday in March when a fine day does not mean a hot day yet.
The starting and finishing points are set at the Colosseum, which with St. Peter's is no doubt the best known monument of Rome. The marathon is part of the International Association of Athletics Federations yearly planned events.
Croatian and German runners pose for a picture prior to the start
The many participants who have combined the marathon with a Roman holiday smile to the camera to bring home a memento of their attendance at the event. Many hotels offer a special package for those coming to Rome to take part in the event.
While a certain number of runners are dedicated to this kind of sport and take very seriously the agonistic side of the event, others are more inclined to have some fun, although their equipment might not be the most suitable for completing the 42 kilometers long run. In some cases the runners are soliciting donations for charities or expressing their support for a noble cause.
Those who take the run very seriously and those who do not
As a matter of fact the start of the race is given with the "professional" athletes in the first lines so that they can immediately compete for victory without having to find their way through the scores whose main objective is just to complete the marathon. In the picture on the left, taken at the first kilometer from the start, the best runners are already in key positions.
The runners at the foot of the Palatine
In the first part of the run the participants are still so close one to the other that they form a sort of gigantic snake.
Catherine Fisher was so impressed by the 2000 Rome Marathon which started and finished in St. Peter's square that she wrote a short poem in the Literary Review - Winter 2001.
The handybike runners
The marathon is open also to those who cannot run on their own legs, but do not give up to their bad luck. In 2005 the handybike race was won by Roel Bruijn, a 21 year old Dutch student.
The Fun Run is open to everybody: children are welcome!
The participants to the marathon are in the region of 10,000, but the attendance to the 5 km Fun Race reaches an attendance of some 26,000 runners.
Marcello De Cecco catches up with Philip Manyim and Daniel Yego and wins the marathon in 2hrs 8 '00"
In 2005 the Rome Marathon was held on March 13 and it was won by Marcello De Cecco, a young Carabiniere: at Porta S. Paolo he was still trailing
behind Daniel Yego and Philip Manyim, both from Kenya, but on the gentle slope leading to the Colosseum he found the strength to take the lead and win the race
in 2:08:02. He had finished a good ninth at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Marathon (won by the Italian Stefano Baldini).
Russian Silviya Skvortsova won the women's Rome Marathon in 2:28:01.
Details on the registration process are available at the Rome Marathon web site.
Other Days of Peace pages:
A Sunny Day in Villa Borghese
At the Flea Market
At the Beach
Voicing Your Views ..... and feeling better
Christmas in Rome
Celebrating the Foundation of Rome
A visit to Roseto di Roma
The procession of La Madonna de Noantri
Sailing on the River to see the Bridges of Roma
Visiting Multi-ethnic Rome
Finding Solace at the Protestant Cemetery
Attending 2007 July Events
Rome's Sleepless Night
Attending Winter Ceremonies
Jogging at Valle delle Camene
Visiting Rome at Dawn
An October Outing to Marino
A Special Spring Weekend
Watching the Parade
Attending a Funeral ...and enjoying it!
Embassy-hunting in Parioli
Visiting Rome on a Hop-on-Hop-off Bus
Visiting Rome in the Moonlight
Celebrating Eritrean Michaelmas in Rome
Playing in the Snow at the Janiculum
Watching the Pride Parade
Reading Ovid at St. Peter's
Reading Memoirs of Hadrian at Villa Adriana
Visiting the Movie Sets at Cinecittą
Looking up at the Ceilings of the Vatican Palaces
Spending the Last Roman Day at St. John Lateran's Cloister
Reading Seneca at Caracalla's Baths
Walking the Dog at Valle della Caffarella