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About the Rome Marathon

Taking place on the streets of Rome, the annual marathon is one of the hotly anticipated sporting events in the city, attracting competitors from around the world. Having been established since 1982 the run starts in the shadows of the impressive Colosseum, passing many of Italy’s famous landmarks along the way. In recent years both the men’s and women’s races have been dominated by Ethiopian and Kenyan runners, with 2016 being won by Amos Kipruto and Rahma Tusa. The millennium race was moved to the 1st January 2000 when the traditional starter’s pistol was replaced by the bells of St Peter’s.

Helpful information about the Rome Marathon

The nearest airports are Ciampino Airport and the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, which are approximately 45minutes away from the city centre of Rome. If you’re not looking to participate but just want to spectate then the event is free to watch. There’s also the Marathon Village open from 10am to 8pm from April 7th to April 9th in the Palazzo dei Congressi featuring food and drink, stalls selling sporting equipment, stands offering health advice and much more. If you are competing then registration is open now, although fees vary depending on how early you apply, ranging from €50 to €120 if you leave it late.

Making the most of the Rome Marathon

Roads will be closed and large numbers will be travelling on local transport, so plan ahead and choose where you wish to watch the race in advance. If you are competing then the earlier you book, the cheaper it is and the more time you have to prepare! Check the official website for more information. You may also be required to present a medical certificate ahead of the race. If you want to compete but are unlikely to make the whole distance, then look into the Roma Fun Run held on the same day.

Where to stay in Rome for the Marathon

If you’re looking to stay near the start and finish line book private rentals, including houses and apartments close to ancient Rome. Whether you are renting near the race course or elsewhere in the city, it is easiest to walk around Rome to reach the marathon. Check our accommodation in Rome.

Things to do near the Rome Marathon

The famous Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are among the landmarks close to the start of the course. Take a walking tour elsewhere in the city to find the famous Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon temple. You can also make the most of your time and visit the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.

More information about the Rome Marathon

For more information about the race including: Marathon (Maratona), such as registration of Italy-resident athletes, non-residents, registration fees, payment options and cancellations, run cards, rules and course maps or information on the Roma Fun Run or Marathon Village check the official site.

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