Marathon Runners © ISF Florence
Each year more than 10,000 athletes take on the winding streets of Florence in the annual Florence Marathon. The 26-mile (42km) long race sets off from the Piazzale Michelangelo and crosses the Ponte alla Vittoria. Runners then follow a course through the Parco delle Cascine, Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Signoria before the race ends at Piazza Santa Croce in the centre of town. Florence is a famously beautiful city and the marathon's popularity can be attributed to the picturesque route which takes participants through the historical town centre, past landmarks like Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Basilica of Santa Croce among others. The Florence Marathon was established in 1984 and is now the second largest Italian marathon, the first being the Rome Marathon. Italians make up the majority of competitors but many international runners also compete. There is a Marathon Party after the event with Tuscan food and a live music concert, where runners and friends can dance the night away if they have any energy left. There is also a fun Family Run which kids love to participate in. For details on registration see the official website listed below.
Venue: Piazzale Michelangelo
Date: 27 November 2016