Having been established in 1974 the annual half marathon is by far Italy’s most popular, starting in the EUR district of Rome runners take to the street before ending their race alongside the beaches of Ostia. Unlike many other street races the 13-mile course has a route containing portions that are up and down hill, as well as a potentially windy sections along the seafront. As such whilst seen as a fun run for those not partaking in the full marathon the following month, elite athletes are attracted by the challenge which have included the Italian Olympic champion Stefano Baldini and former world record holder Welshman Steve Jones.
The nearest airports are Ciampino Airport and the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, which are approximately 45minutes away from the city centre of Rome. The race has a staggered start from 9am at the Palalottomatica sporting arena, with the 3-hour time limit meaning last athletes should cross the line in Ostia by around 12.30. It is free to watch, with entrance for competitors costing between €27 and €35. Full details are available on the official website.
If you are competing then check the official website on how to register, you may belong to a recognised sporting body already or if not there are regulations that need to be adhered to. Whilst the distance is only of half the full marathon, be mindful the style of course may be different to you are used to so train accordingly or why not use it as practice for the Rome Marathon the following month. For those travelling as spectators then be mindful roads will be closed and local transport is likely to be disrupted, so plan ahead and choose where you wish to watch the race in advance.
Look to book private rentals, including houses and apartments close to the start in the EUR district or along the coast in Ostia. If you are looking to stay near the racetrack or elsewhere in the city, it is easiest to walk around Rome to reach the marathon. Check our accommodation in Rome.
The EUR district is the business area of Rome with plenty to see referencing the fascist ruling of Mussolini, whilst elsewhere the famous Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are within Ancient Rome. Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica is also close to the city centre.
For more information about the race including: the race and previous results, regulations, registering as a runner, photo galleries, news and more visit the official website.
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