Milan runners on the road again

Milan Marathon aiming for new record.

The 16th edition of Milano Maratona on Sunday 3 April will see organisers RCS Sport hoping to beat the current record of 2:07:17, currently held by Kenyan marathon specialist Kenneth Mburu Mungara.

The 42.195-km, internationally approved route was adjusted last year with the consultancy of retired Ethiopian Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie. But road works, like the construction of a metro line 4 station at S. Babila and some cycle tracks, mean that the course will need “smoothing out” in some points.

The starter’s cannon will be fired by the Italian army at Porta Venezia at 09.30, and the course will then wind through the city to return to the starting point over two hours later. It will meanwhile have passed through five parks – Indro Montanelli, Monte Stella, Trenno, Portello and Sempione – and passed dozens of Milan’s most famous landmarks, from the Duomo to the Castello Sforzesco.

Meanwhile, starting at 10.15 in the Montanelli gardens, kids will be running – individually and in school groups – a two-km, non-competitive course ending at a tasty breakfast buffet. Half of the value of school group registration fees will be returned to the school in sporting equipment.

Streets will be closed throughout the city, and bus and tram services re-routed until the runners have passed. Athletes who do not meet the required times at the half-way mark and at the 30th kilometre will be asked to move onto the pedestrian footpaths or board the emergency bus to allow street traffic to start again.