Italy's Best Running Events
Napolis New Marathon, Naples *Marathon
Cinque Mulini- Milan
The name means 5 mills. Runners take on 5 X 2000 metre laps through fields and roads. The male race distance is 9.8km and the female is 5.5km.
La Ciaspolada, Romeno, Trento
This is the largest and most popular snow shoe race in the world and is run over 7.65km with the stunning Dolomites as a backdrop
Romeo and Juliet Half Marathon, Verona
Verdi Places Marathon, Salsomaggiore *Marathon
This snow shoe race of 10kms follows the cross country ski course of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics
Placentia Marathon for Unicef, Piacenza *Marathon
Brescia Marathon, Brescia *Marathon
Rome Marathon, *Marathon
Vigarano Marathon, Vigarano *Marathon
Stramilano Half Marathon, Milan
Known to be the best and fastest half marathon in Italy. This race attracts over 50,000 competitors and attracts elite runners from all over the world. There are also 10km and 5km events.
Milano City Marathon, Milan *Marathon
Maratona Sant Antonio Padova *Marathon
Volcano Trail- Sicily
This 100km trail race is run over 5 stages and is spread over the volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands, where the famous Mount Etna makes up the last challenge.
Maratona d'Europa, Trieste *Marathon
Night Marathon, Venice *Marathon
This is Italy's only night time marathon, there is alos a half marathon and an 11km event. Starts at 8pm!
Gardaland Half Marathon
Set on the stunning banks of Lake Garda, this half marathon takes you through Italy's famous themepark, Gardaland
This 25km run, is on forest, dirt and mountain trails, with an ascent and descent of 12,000metres.
Alpi Apuane Skyrace-Tuscany
This race is run over rough mountain trails for 23kms and starts in Fornovolasco, west of Lucca.
Dolomites Skyrace- Fassa Valley
This 22km run starts in the ski resort town of Canazei. The Dolomites are Italy's favourite and most scenic mountain ranges, so this run can be tough but exhilarating.
Dolomites Vertical Kilometer- Canazei
Just as the title suggests its one kilometre uphill. Ski poles come in handy for this race!
Giir di Mont Skymarathon-Lecco
Another tough Dolomite run, covering 32km and ascending to 2,500metres, the course runs through villages and on mountain trails.
Sentiero 4 Luglio *Marathon
This marathon takes runners up and down some stunning Italian Alps, there is also a half marathon.
Monte Rosa Sky Marathon-Piedmont
Another tough mountain race near the Swiss border. There are three mountain climbs over 28km.
Royal Ultra Skymarathon *Ultra
This 54 km race is run in the remote alpine area of the Gran Paradiso National Park, the ascent and descent is 4,000 metres, there is a 25km event as well.
Susa Memorial Partigiani Stellina, Turin
This 11km race follows the battle line of the partisans during WWll. The event finishes at the foot of Rocciamelone Mountain in the Susa Valley.
Trofeo Kima, Sandrio *Ultra
A 50km ultra marathon race that ascends 3,000 metres, and is know in ultra sky racing circles as the toughest mountain race.
Located in the lovely village of Pontboset in the Italian Alps, this 23km run has stunning views.
Memorial Bianchi, Malonna
This 9.5km mountain run is one of Italy's oldest races
Dolomite Friulane, Davost
This 20km race takes you through the wildest regions of the Dolomites
This 17.5km race in the Dolomites is not for the fainthearted. Runners wear helmets to scale the near vertical rock faces.
Maratonina "Citta Di Udine" *Marathon
International Lake Garda Marathon, *Marathon
100km del Passatore *Ultra
This 100km road ultra goes from Florence to Faenza
Tor des Geants, Courmayeur *Ultra
This 330km ultra race is not over any set stages, and usually takes about 7 days to complete
Drei Zinnen Alpin Lauf, Sudtirol
This race in the Dolomites attracts some of the best mountain runners in the world, it covers 17.5km and takes in three craggy mountain peaks.
Starting from Oberstdorf in Germany, this 250km trail run passes through Austria and Switzerland and finishes up in Latsch, Italy. Total ascent is 15,000 metres, and it is run over 8 stages.
Sentiero delle Gringe, Lecco
Located in the Bergamo Alps, this mountain race is quite technical and exposed, it covers 43km
Val Gardena Extreme Marathon
This is an uphill run in the Dolomites of 19.1km, with an ascent of 1,475metres
Verona Marathon, *Marathon
This marathon runs around the streets of this stunning old world city, ending the race in the magnificent and world famous Arena.
Ferrari Italian Marathon, Modena *Marathon
Venice Marathon, *Marathon
As you would expect this marathon is stunning and very popular. Numbers are capped to about 7000 entrants and it is held on the last weekend in October. The marathon starts in Stra a small village 25km west of Venice, and in the last 3km runners cross over 14 bridges across Venices famous canals.
Florence Marathon *Marathon
Florence Marathon is the second Italian marathon (after Rome), and among the 20 most important marathons in the world. The route takes you by all those landmarks of singular beauty that have made Florence famous worldwide: views over the enchanting hills and countryside, and passing right by the Cathedral Square, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio (to mention only just a few of historical importance), before entering the majestic Piazza Santa Croce. The road is entirely asphalted and ramp-free, except for the short, slightly sloping stretch of road at the start, and these characteristics make it a particularly fast route appreciated by runners. It is held on the last weekend in November.
Pisa Marathon, *Marathon
Trofeo Vanoni Relay, Lombardy
This is the oldest and most famous European mountain races, the race starts in Morbengo going up 500 metres with a very tricky descent of 500 metres.
Corsa Internazionale di San Silvestro, Bolzano
This is a fast 1,250 metre race around Bolzano's city centre, the elite mens section is 10km, so they do 8 laps, the womens event is 5 km, so 4 laps. It is a great spectators race and evey year thousands of people line the streets to watch and cheer.
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