Last chance for signing up
Registration for Milan’s popular Marathon closes at 14.00 on Wednesday 8 April, and this year, too, there will be no lack of athletes taking part.
The run starts at 09.30 in Corso Venezia with a cannon shot by the Italian army. The just over 42-km route will take runners through the city centre, through the Sempione park as far out as Monte Stella and S. Siro, before turning back to the starting point.
The new route has been designed with the contribution of Haile Gebrselassie, a true legend of the athletics world: two Olympic gold medals, four World titles and 26 world records.
Enthusiasts will need to sign up on the website: last-minute registration costs €73, and provides a race number, insurance and medical support, a race kit with sponsor gadgets and the official adidas T-shirt of the SuisseGas Milano Marathon.
Also included in the cost are the refreshment and sponging stations along the course and the refreshment station at the finish. Competitors will also qualify for an official programme, the timing service (including rental of the timing transponder) and a finisher’s medal.
And finally, runners qualify for a personal clothes deposit and transportation from start to finish (in the special bag provided by the organization), use of a dressing room, and, if they drop out along the way, transport from the course to the finish area.
There are also teams for the corporate programme and for the relay version, where four partners run sections varying between 9.6 and 11.5 km., each around a quarter of the full course.
Since 2010, Milan’s marathon has also included a charity race, which has already raised over €2 million to support some 215 charity partners. In last year’s event, over 130 non-profit organisations took part and raised some €700,000.
Italian law makes the presentation of a medical certificate obligatory, and it is also necessary for insurance coverage. The website gives specific details of what kind of certificate is required, and also carries a form for competitors from abroad to download and ask their doctor to sign. The website also carries information about the medical centres in Italy which have a convention with the Milan Marathon for a fixed-price examination and certificate.
Marathon Village will be open to participants and the public in Piazza Città di Lombardia, near metro stops Gioia and Sondrio, on Friday from 10.00 to 20.00 and Saturday from 09.00 to 19.00, as well as during the race. Participants can pick up their numbered bib and other kit, and everyone can visit stands of sport equipment suppliers and info points about other runs around the world.
And for enthusiasts who can’t make it to Milan, TV coverage of Milan Marathon will run on RAI channel Sport 2 from 21.30 on Sunday night.