20 March. Thousands of runners in Milan's mega marathon
Billed as Italy’s biggest marathon event, the annual Stramilano race in Milan will start at 09.00 on Sunday 20 March from Piazza Duomo.
With the weather forecast looking hopeful, thousands of athletes from all over the country and abroad are preparing for the three separate runs, offering a stretch for every level of fitness, which have attracted over 1.5 million participants since the tradition was launched in 1972.
Bib numbers are fast running out, and pre-registration on the Stramilano website has closed. But it’s still possible to register in scores of sports shops with official registration point status, or at the central information stand next to the Duomo.
The title event, hosted by “godmother” and popular TV presenter Stefania Cattaneo, is the 10-kilometre run through some of the city’s most attractive streets and piazzas. It will finish at Porta Trionfale near the Sempione park.
For the younger enthusiasts and families, the Stramilanino is a five-km run, also starting out from Piazza Duomo half an hour later at 09.30 and taking a separate route to end up at the same finishing point.
International professionals will take part in the Stramilano half-marathon, an event with official status over a course of just over 21 kilometres, with cash prizes and personalised participation plaques for top placed runners.. This one will start at 11.00 from the Castello Sforzesco.
The event website carries considerable detail about participation, routes, refreshment points and more.
Between 08.30 and 13.30, many bus and tram lines will suffer delays and diversions. The tram routes affected will be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 23, 24, 27 and 33 and the bus routes 43, 50, 54, 57, 58, 60, 61, 65, 67, 68, 73, 78, 84 and 94.