There are exactly thirty days, just a month, left for the new edition of the Ravenna City of Art Marathon, scheduled for the weekend from 8 to 10 November with its climax on Sunday morning from Via di Roma. The long countdown has therefore started in view of the one that for the Byzantine capital and for the whole of the Romagna area represents the greatest sporting event and concentrated tourist turnout in a few days throughout the year. An event that a few weeks ago was awarded the UNESCO Patronage “in view of the significant value of the initiative aimed at favoring a more active enjoyment of our World Heritage by combining sport, art and culture”.
The conditions for the 2019 edition to break down the records set just a year ago seem to be all of us. Registrations, from all over the world, continue to arrive at the Ravenna Runners Club headquarters. A constant flow that has already enabled us to reach an incredible 4,806 registrations for the three tests on Sunday 10 November, or Marathon, Half Marathon and Martini Good Morning Ravenna 10.5k. To which will be added for the total calculation also the adhesions to the two initiatives of Saturday 9 November, namely Conad Family Run and Dogs & Run. Without forgetting Correndo Senza Frontiere, an event reserved for all disabled people scheduled for Sunday morning.
To make a simple comparison, last year exactly one month from the start, just like today, there were 2,610 members. The increase, compared to the 2018 Marathon that was indicated as an extraordinary edition, is even + 84.1%. A simply incredible increase that gives the idea of the importance acquired by this event over time and of the margins of growth which it still enjoys thanks to a widespread and constant promotion implemented throughout the year at a global level.
To live incredible days on the occasion of the 21st edition of the Marathon that this year will host the Italian Fidal Marathon Championship for both the Absolute and the Master categories, in addition to the Italian Banking and Insurance Championship.
Analyzing the data, we note how the entries to the 42 km of the Marathon increased from 1,120 to 1,532 (+ 36.8%) with an increase in the number of both Italian runners and enthusiasts from all over the world. Element which also presupposes the overcoming of the 51 nations represented last year. Another record that could fall. On the other hand, the Half Marathon has gone from 907 registered in 2018 to the current 1,424 (+57%).
Finally, the trend with which the Good Morning Ravenna Martini is growing 10.5k continues to amaze. Last year, at 30 days from the start, they were at 583, today the incredible figure is 1,850 registered (+ 217.3%), or more than triple. An excellent reason to confirm the many new features planned for what will be an authentic party in the city with the streets closed to traffic and the possibility of enjoying all together a different Ravenna, more colorful, warmer, lively and cheerful.
Confirmed so that the 10.5K Martini Good Morning will have a dedicated start. At 9.30 am there will be the start of the competitors of the Marathon and the Half City Marathon. Subsequently, all 10.5K subscribers will take their place under the starting line, which will start at 9.45 with all the honors, the music, the confetti, the colors and the same applause reserved for the most famous and trained athletes. In short, even all non-competitive runners, walking enthusiasts, families, children and those who simply want to be part of a great event will play a leading role.
And this will not be the only aspect that will characterize the Good Morning Ravenna Martini. Given the great demand this year the Annafietta workshop has made three thousand handmade mosaic medals with the Byzantine technique reserved only for the first members. And then, again, everyone, but everyone, will find included in the inscription the official JOMA t-shirt.
In short, the date of November 10th is approaching and by now there are few doubts that the Ravenna City of Art Marathon will be a great event for Ravenna and for the entire area.