17TH ROME MARATHON - Sunday 20th March 2011, 9.00 AM
Tourist crowds clear out of Rome's historic streets each year to make way for a mass of runners. The entire city of Rome comes alive with concerts, shows and stalls along the route of this important annual marathon. Held each spring, the Rome City Marathon has made a name for itself in international running circles.
The 12th edition of the City of Rome Marathon on 26 March 2006 saw the Kenyan David Kipkorir win the race in 2:08.38 with Italy coming in 2nd place with the 33 year old Daniele Caimmi completing the course in 2:09.30. The women's race was won by 30 year old Ukrainian Tetyana Hladyrin 2:25.44 with 2nd place going to 37 year old Russian, Larissa Zouska who completed the course in 2:26.26.
Instead 2007 saw new records being broken with the highest number of people finishing the race, exactly 12.078 including 51 disabled athletes. The fun run was also a huge success with an enormous 45 thousand people taking part.
The mens marathon was won by 23 year old Kenyan Chelimo Elias Chemboi winning in 2:09.36, a real surprise as he was not one of the favourites for the race. The womens marathon was won by Algerian Souad Ait Salem in 2:25.08. 2008 was a year with a massive femminine present and saw Russian Galina Bogomolova win with a time of 2:22.53 yet again a new record... It just gets harder and harder to beat!
The mens race was won after an impressive sprint finish by Kenyan Jonathan Yego Kiptoo.
On 2009 the marathon of the city becomes the fastest one in Italy, the winner Kiptoo Koulum needed only 2:07.17 to finish the race, followed by 10 of his fellow Kenyans! Besides, counting the people who took part on the fun run the participants wer 92 000, a record in Europe.
Last year's edition was dedicated to the memory of legendary Ethiopian marathonist Abebe Bikila and those who attended witnessed a dramatic ending: the winner, Siraj Gena crossed the finish line with his bare foot, just like Bikila did 50 years before during the Olympc games that took place in Rome in 1960.
Join the crowds for the 2011 edition and cheer on these talented athletes who will all be running once again to gain new titles and break new records.
Sunday 20th March 2011, 9.00 AM
Anyone who has reached the age of 18 by the 20th March 2011 can participate in the Rome Marathon. Non-EU residents need to provide a medical certificate of good health issued by an authorized physician in their country. Less ambitious runners can participate in a 5-kilometer (three-mile) "Fun Run" or visit the Marathon Village to see concerts and shows. Further information about the event can be found at the Rome Marathon official web site.
Runners start the marathon on the Via dei Fori Imperiali in the shadow of the nearly 2,000 year old Colosseum and proceed through the ancient city passing such landmarks as the Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Saint Peter's and Piazza Venezia.
Runners that participate or anyone else coming to Rome to enjoy the Rome marathon otherwise, enjoy a special treatment here at Des Artistes. If you are staying 5 nights or more, you receive a FREE public transport pass, on top of our discount for cash payment!