Athletes, families and kids to run through Milan on Sunday.
Italy’s best-known non-competitive marathon event, Stramilano, will see participants at all levels turn out for the three separate events on Sunday 24 March.
This 48th edition will respect tradition by offering the Stramilano 10 km, the Stramilanina 5 km and the classical 21-km Stramilano Half-Marathon.
Many central city streets will be blocked off for the duration. The ten-km run starts at 09.00 in Piazza del Duomo, followed by the juniors and their accompanying adults in the Stramilanina at 10.00, also in front of the cathedral. The professionals and keenest enthusiasts will start the half-marathon at 10.30 in Piazza Castello. All three races finish in Parco Sempione.
While online registrations are already nearing their cut-off level, last-minute registration is still possible at the starting points: full details are available on the website.
Meanwhile, Milan’s “ghisa” municipal police are preparing signposting for traffic to be re-routed around the central area, from 08.40 to 13.15 on Sunday. Many bus and tram lines will also be diverted; the underground metro lines will be unaffected, except that passengers leaving some central stations may not find their usual bus or tram close by.
The “godmother” of this year’s event (photo above) is to be TV sports announcer and popular health blogger Federica Fontana. She will be at the starting line of each event to encourage runner with her motto, “Run or walk, move it or lose it!”