Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1, 00186 Roma, Italy
Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
The Rome Marathon starts at on the Via dei Fori Imperiali in the shadow of the Coliseum. proceeds through the city passing such famous landmarks as the Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Saint Peter's and Piazza Venezia. Molto bello! Despite Rome being the 'City of Seven Hills' the race is very flat. This gives runners the chance of a PB. However with cobblestones en route some participants will struggle. For all those who make it to the end they will end the race close to the start, back at the Coliseum.
In 2010, winner Siraj Gena of Ethiopia finished the race barefoot to honour his countryman Abebe Bikila who won the Olympic marathon in Rome exactly 50 years earlier. Throughout the years, Rome Marathon has made good use of its unique status as the capital of the Catholic Church. For example, the turn of the millenium was celebrated by moving the start area to Saint Peter’s Square and having the Pope himself wish all the runners good luck before the run.
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