Monteforte d'Alpone (Italy), Sunday 19 January 2014
Staged in the hills around the village of Monteforte d'Alpone near the city of Verona, the Montefortiana is one of Italy's most popular running and walking events.
Ambitious athletes can choose between the very hilly 21.1km Maratonina or the even hillier 43km EcoMaratona, a multi-terrain race that includes about 2250 metres of ascent (and the same of descent).
Fun runners and hikers who don't bother about finishing times may prefer to take part in the marcia non-competitiva which draws up to 18,000 participants every year.
Participants run (or walk) either a 9km, 14km, 21km, or 28km loop, and many of them take their time at the well-stocked feed stations that are scattered along the course.
All routes are very scenic through beautiful scenery and villages in the wine-producing region between Verona and Vicenza.
The Montefortiana Turà races, which are for elite runners only, are held in the afternoon in the village. Women run four laps (ca. 6km) and men run seven laps (ca. 10.6km).
Venue (Map): Monteforte d'Alpone (Verona 27km, Padova 58km, Venice 97km)
Date: 19 January 2014 (Sunday)
Routes (competitive races): 43km; 21.1km; 10.6km (elite race men); 6.06km (elite race women)
Routes (non-competitive ‘Marcia’): 9km, 14km, 21km, 28km
Start time: 8.00 (43km), 8.30 (‘Marcia non-competitiva’), 9.30 (21km), 14.15 (elite race women), 14.45 (elite race men)
Start and finish: near the church of Monteforte d'Alpone
Entries: online or by fax or e-mail; entries close 14 January 2014; entrants to the marathon and half marathon must provide a medical certificate at registration
Entry fees (21km, 43km): € 20 (up to 31 December 2013), € 25 (up to 14 January 2014)
Race centre: Montefortiana-Expo (Saturday 18 Jan 2014, 14.00-21.00; on the day 6.30-9.00)
You get (21km, 43km): a bottle of D.O.C. wine (for entries up to 31 Dec 2013); chip timing, goodie bag, plenty of food and drinks before and after the race and on the course
Showers, changing facilities, baggage storage: yes
Prizes (21km): to the first 40 men and 15 women
Prizes (43km): to the first 20 men and 10 women
Number of finishers 2013: 419 (42km), 844 (21km)
Event website (in Italian and English): www.montefortiana.org
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