Stramilano hits the streets on Sunday

Milan’s major marathon will block city traffic.

Road traffic in the centre of Milan will halt on Sunday 25 March as thousands of athletes, both professional and amateur, will race through the city centre on one of Italy’s most popular sporting events.

Stramilano 2018 offers races for every level, from the 21-km half marathon and the Stramilano 10-km route to the Stramilanino for juniors (and seniors without much training) of just five kilometres in length.  The weather forecast is for 10-12°C and a partly clouded day with no rain.

The half marathon starts at 10.30 from Piazza Castello in front of the Sforza castle, and finishes at the same spot, where an athletes’ village is already being prepared with changing rooms, lockers, massage rooms and snack bar.

The two shorter runs both start in front of Milan’s central cathedral – the Stramilanino at 09.00 and the 10-km. run at 10.00 – and finish at the civic arena in the Sempione Park, a five-minute walk from the athletes’ village.

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. But organisers warn that Stramilano this year coincides with the weekend when the end of daylight-saving time means that clocks go forward one hour, so would-be runners should take care to arrive in time.

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.