11th "Half Marathon on the Roman Grid" 2012
San Giorgio delle Pertiche (Italy), Sunday 9 September 2012
Runners with a keen interest in Roman history will be particularly interested in this flat and fast half marathon race, held on the Venetian Plain in north-eastern Italy.
The start and the finish are in the village of San Giorgio delle Pertiche, situated near the cities of Padua (Padova) and Venice (Venezia).
Participants in the Maratonina sul Graticolato Romano run one lap of a certified and traffic-free course through fields and villages in the Graticolato Romano ("Roman Grid"), an area that serves as a prime example of Roman regional planning.
In the first century BC, this agricultural land was divided into a geometric pattern of squares, which were then split into farms for the settlers. The grid street plan is still visible on the course map and on the satellite image.
Last year, the race had over 350 finishers. The winners were Solomon Kirwa Yego of Kenya (1:05:56) and Maurizia Cunico (1:25:51).
Held on the same day as the half marathon, the Marcia sul Graticolato Romano offers three routes for fun runners and walkers (5km, 10km, and 18km).
Venue (Map): San Giorgio delle Pertiche (Padova 17km, Venice 40km, Verona 84km)
Date: 9 September 2012 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km (certified by IAAF); 5/10/18km (non-competitive "Marcia" without time-keeping)
Start time: 8.00-9.00 ("Marcia"); 9.00 (21km race)
Start and finish: Via Roma
Entries: by post, fax or e-mail; payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day; entrants may have to provide a medical certificate at registration and pay an additional € 7 if they are not members of a recognized athletics club
Entry fees (21km): € 15 (until 4 Sep 2012), € 18 (until 9 Sep 2012)
Entry fees (5km, 10km, 18km "Marcia"): € 2.50 (entries on the day until 8.00)
Race centre: Scuola elementare (elementary school), Via Roma, San Giorgio delle Pertiche (Saturday 15.00-18.00, on the day from 7.30)
You get (21km): technical T-shirt (to the first 500 entrants), medal, goodie bag, chip timing, pasta party after the race
Prizes (21km): to the first 10 men and 5 women; category prizes (prizes are not cumulative)
Showers, changing facilities, baggage storage: yes
Award ceremony: 11.30
Number of finishers 2011: 356 runners (21km), 9 handcyclists/wheelchairs
Event website (in Italian): www.maratoninasulgraticolato.net
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