17th Milan Marathon runs on Sunday 2 April

Run fast, live cool.

Milan Marathon’s 17th edition will bring athletes from across the world to the heart of Milan on Sunday 2 April.

The 42.195-km route has been completely redesigned by living athletic legend Haile Gebrselassie, starting in Milan’s central Corso Venezia at 09.30 and finishing back in the same place. The circuit has been improved to combine speed and technical fluency with a tour of the city’s attractions: from the Duomo to La Scala, from the Arco della Pace to the Castello Sforzesco and up to the modern skyscrapers of “new Milan”.

The weather forecast is for a 13°C start and an 18°C high – average for this time of year – with only a 30 per cent chance of rain.

This edition marks a significant change in the outer part of the route to the advantage of both runners and road access. Important changes also address the first and third turning points of the relay, which have been moved closer to the metro, where runners will enjoy free travel.

Another novelty is the relocation of Marathon Village, this year at the MiCo Lab inside the north wing of Fiera Milano Congressi in Piazza Carlo Magno, near metro station Portello.

New technical T-shirts by sponsor EA7 Emporio Armani have been designed in two colours – one for the marathon and one for the relay – and will be worn by all runners, professionals and amateurs, from the start to the finish line. For the first time the T-shirt of the marathon will be also available in women’s sizes.

Registered runners will enjoy medical support, insurance, a kit with sponsor gadgets, the T-shirt, use of dressing rooms and lockers, transport to the finish area for those who drop out, and much more.

Milano Marathon will again this year support charity projects: for the eighth year in a row, the marathon will run side by side with the Europ Assistance Relay Marathon, a relay race for 4-member teams. The connection between sports and solidarity reflects the Anglo-Saxon model “run, donate, win”. In 2016, the fundraising reached almost €1 million, crowning the race as the most important single Italian sporting event for fundraising activity.

In 2016 about 17,000 runners took part in the individual marathon and the marathon relay format.