Milan gears up for marathon

The countdown has begun for the 14th Milan City Marathon on Sunday 6 April, with 14,000 professional and amateur participants expected to run the city streets.

Registration for this year’s event is already closed; it’s now time for registered athletes to pick up their number bib, Thursday and Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at the Marathon Village in Piazza Città di Lombardia, inside the new Palazzo Lombardia building.

The big news this year it’s that, probably for the first time in its entire history, the path of the Milan Marathon remains unchanged from last year. Starting from Via Buonarroti in Rho (just outside the gates of the Fiera Milano), the first part is very smooth and allows for a gradual approach to the city centre, passing in the San Siro district, next to the Meazza Stadium, then turning around the “Montagnetta” and pointing straight toward the heart of Milan, along Corso Sempione. Here begins the long ring that allows the runners to see many of the monuments symbol of the city: the Peace Arch, the Civic Arena, the Sforzesco Castle, the central station, Milan’s iconic Duomo and the La Scala opera-house.

Click here to download the course plan as a PDF document. There are several good viewpoints along the way to cheer on your favourite runner.

In August 2013, the UN adopted a resolution to proclaim 6 April as the “International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.” This day pays tribute to the role of sport in peace and development and provides an opportunity to mobilize, unite and promote peace and development through sport initiatives led throughout the world. Some 30 relay teams are already registered to run Milan’s Marathon for charity partner Peace and Sport, and they will celebrate 6 April on this occasion.

While last week’s Stramilano was a strictly local race for enthusiastic amateurs, the Milan City Marathon – sponsored by SuisseGas – has professional standing and attracts many famous athletes, such as England’s world record-holder Paula Radcliffe (photo).

Motorised traffic will be banned throughout the city for the whole day.