Riva del Garda (Italy), Sunday 13 November 2011
With over 2,700 finishers last year, the Garda Trentino Half Marathon is a top late-season running event, held in mid-November at the northern tip of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake.
Starting and finishing in the picturesque old town of Riva del Garda, the route runs northwards through orchards to the town of Arco which is very popular with rock climbers.
Then, competitors run along the River Sarca back to the lake and along the lakeside promenade to the finish on Riva del Garda's main square.
The course is very mildly undulating.
The event is not only popular for its beautiful setting but also for its pasta, strudel and polenta parties, the pre-race breakfast, the well-filled goody bag and the live music concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
In 2010, the winners were Mathew Rugut of Kenya (1:04:07) and Jana Hanane of Morocco (1:14:10).
Venue (Map): Riva del Garda (Verona 86km, Milano 172km, Venice 200km, Innsbruck 220km)
Date: 13 November 2011 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km; 8km (non-competitive family run and nordic walking)
Start time: 10.00 (21km); 10.05 (8km)
Start: Piazza Garibaldi
Finish: Piazza 3 Novembre (200 metres from the start)
Entries: online or by post or fax (until 9 November 2011); payment by credit card or bank transfer; late entries on 12 and 13 November in the race centre; entry limit 3000 runners; entrants may have to provide a medical certificate at registration
Entry fees (21km): 20/25/30/35 euros (until 15 Aug/15 Oct/9 Nov/13 Nov 2011)
Entry fees (8km): 10 euros
Race centre: Palameeting Exhibition Centre (12 Nov 10.00-19.00, on the day 7.00-9.00)
You get (21km): strudel party on Saturday, pre-race breakfast, goody bag, technical T-shirt, Micropolar gloves, timing chip rental, finisher medal, pasta party after the race
You get (8km): strudel party on Saturday, pre-race breakfast, Micropolar gloves, pasta party
Prizes: prize money to the first 10 men and 5 women; category prizes
Showers, changing facilities, baggage storage: Palameeting Exhibition Centre
Award ceremony: 13.00
Number of finishers 2010: 2723 (21km)
Event website (in English, German and Italian): www.trentinoeventi.it
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