This annual event takes runners on a scenic tour of Rome, passing some of the most famous monuments in the city, like the Colosseum and St Peter's Basilica. Although it may be a tiring way to tour the city, it is an exhilarating race, extremely well-supported and with a festive atmosphere. The Marathon Village sets up about a week in advance with concerts, stalls and shows for all to enjoy, as well as all the practical race necessities, making it an extremely jolly marathon. In fact, during the races the Rome Marathon Music Festival turns the city into a stage with more than 50 music acts including international stars, rock bands, DJs, folk groups, and local talent performing along the route to encourage the runners and entertain the crowds of spectators. Although the full marathon is a serious competitive event which attracts talented runners from all over the world, there is also a 5km Fun Run, or RomaFun, which is non-competitive and attracts about 80,000 people annually. Participants in this event are free to do as they please and some bring along their dogs, or rollerblades. For details on registration and participation see the official website below.
Venue: Starts at the Colosseum
Date: 23 March 2014