After the positive and exciting experience of the 2018 edition, the initiative «Running without Frontiers – All Together» is back in 2019, created to open the doors of the Ravenna Marathon City of Art to all people with disabilities who do not have the athletic training and the possibility of completing the most demanding distances already provided for by the program. The great event of the 10th of November, anticipated by a weekend full of initiatives, confirms once again an increasingly broader range of events really open to everyone, without any distinction.
The project “Running without Frontiers” was born within the Coordination for motor and sports activity adapted to the person with intellectual disability created in 2016 by the CSI of Ravenna and the Social Cooperative La Pieve and can be considered a sort of spin-off of the “Playing without borders” event, a meeting aimed at athletes with disabilities and dedicated to promoting social inclusion through athletics competitions and sports tournaments, organized in the past with the involvement of Social Cooperatives and sports clubs in the area.
Under the slogan “sport is for everyone”, a short trip will be arranged that will bring disabled athletes and their companions to walk about 3 km of the marathon route in the historic center, among the most beautiful monuments of the city, until you reach the finish line in Via di Roma where all the runners of the different distances proposed by the organization of the event will arrive.
To “Running without Frontiers” will be admitted all those who are able to complete the short journey in a maximum time of 60 minutes, starting from the area of Porta Serrata and thus avoiding the difficulties that could have created the joyful, but chaotic, group departure. The arrival instead will be just in Via di Roma in the common frame of the event giving the joy of the finish, perhaps with arms raised, to all the participants.
Each athlete will have a companion recognizable by an identifying sign, a familiar face that will support and guide him during the test. At the time of registration it will be necessary to specify the difficulties of each individual athlete in order to allow a better organization. The route can be tackled on the run or by walking, with the possibility of stopping to catch the side road if necessary.
The wheelchairs, and the people used to push them, will have the obligation, excluding the time of departure, to travel the route in a row, joining only when a possible overtaking takes place. A real test reserved for disabled people, who, in a day of celebration throughout Ravenna, will find their space and will be able to carve out a moment of joy by cutting the prestigious and coveted milestone of the Ravenna Marathon City of Art with arms raised 2019.