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Marathon Ravenna was born in 1999 in the wake of a growing movement that “demanded” opportunities to race in new eye-catching reality. Ravenna, with its history, its art and its culture combined with a hospitality and rich landscapes to discover, was a perfect choice for location. Over the years the event has evolved from national to international, and now, with the new course in office for a couple of years, Marathon Ravenna aims to get an important role in the crowded calendar of marathons. The city, a candidate for European Capital of Culture in 2019, will play its part by offering athletes the chance to run while admiring monuments and history that few cities in the world can boast.
The last kilometers of the race allow runners to “visit” seven of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Site monuments, before reaching Piazza del Popolo in the cozy “living room” of the city, former capital the Western Roman Empire.
The course, with the departure from the majestic Pala De Andre will start towards the Ravenna coast of Punta Marina and Marina di Ravenna, through the pine forest. Runners will get to smell the salty scent of the Adriatic Sea whose cost runs parallel to the course, separated only by sand dunes and pine woods. After the return to the convenient bike path, runners will run through the “valleys” of the famous Piallassa Piomboni. Then the course returns to the town. Here, after a necessary step in the dock of the city, you begin to breathe in the history with the arrival in the Park of Theodoric, where you can admire the famous Mausoleum. From here on it will be a celebration of art, history and culture that “distracts” the marathon runner from the fatigue of the last kilometers with passages and glimpses of extraordinary intensity.
Ravenna is a treasure chest of art, history and culture of the first order; in its glorious past, it was capital three times between the 5th and 8th centuries and the magnificence of this period has left important remains that we can admire today. Ravenna is the city of mosaic. For this reason its early Christian and Byzantine religious buildings have been acknowledged as world heritage by Unesco, such as: The Mausoleum of Galla Placidi, Neonian Baptistery, Arian Baptistery, Basilica of S. Apollinare Nuovo, Chapel of S. Andrea, Mausoleum of Theodoric, Basilica of San Vitale and Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe.
Walking in the city you will discover the frescoes in the style of Giotto in Santa Chiara, without forgetting the relics of the last refuge of Dante Alighieri.
It will be an experience like no other – like you have stepped back in time. You will feel like a protagonist of a historical event!