Spilimbergo (Italy), Sunday 18 December 2016

Marcia dei Babbo Natale, Spilimbergo, Italy (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)


The Marcia dei Babbo Natale takes place in Spilimbergo, a beautiful old town of about 12,000 people, situated at the foot of the Alps in the Province of Pordenone in the north-eastern corner of Italy.

It's a lovely non-competitive pre-Christmas event that attracts several hundred runners and hikers every year. Some are dressed as Santas, others wear plain clothes.

Three routes are available, approximately 6km, 12km and 18km long.

Participants run, jog or walk through the festively-decorated historic town centre as well as through residential and rural areas.

The route is on mixed terrain (cobbles, asphalt, gravel and trails) which is partly flat and partly undulating.

The entry fees are very low (€3 on the day of the event), and all finishers will be treated with pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) after the marcia.


Marcia dei Babbo Natale - runners on a gravel road near Spilimbergo, Italy (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)


Country: Italy

Venue (Map): Spilimbergo (Udine 31km, Pordenone 33km, Treviso 87km, Trieste 104km)

Date: 18 December 2016 (Sunday)

Race distance: ca. 6km, 12km, 18km

Start time: You can start at any time between 9am and 10.30am.

Start and finish: Piazza Garibaldi

Entries: in person in the start area (on the day from 8.30)

Entry fees: € 3 (€ 2.50 for FIASP members)

Timekeeping: This is a non-competitive event without timekeeping.

You get: snacks and drinks on the course, a meal at the finish


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