Trieste (Italy), Sunday 2 May 2010

David Maiyo Chirchir, 4th place Maratona d'Europa 2009, Trieste (Photo: Copyright © 2010 Hendrik Böttger /


11th European Marathon - 15th European Two Castles Half Marathon

The Maratona d'Europa, held every year in the beginning of May, features an interesting route along the Gulf of Trieste in the far north-east of Italy.

The event incorporates three point-to-point races - a full marathon, a half marathon and a highly popular 7km fun run. All races finish in the port city of Trieste.

The full marathon starts off in Gradisca d'Isonzo, an old fortress town built by the Venetians at the end of the 15th century. On their way to Trieste competitors pass Italy's largest military cemetery of World War I in Redipuglia, the shipbuilding town of Monfalcone, the castle and the cliffs of Duino and the castle of Miramare. Finally, they run along the Riviera to the grand finish on Trieste's main square Piazza Unità d'Italia, located right on the seafront.

Half marathon runners join the field at Duino, the 7k fun runners at Miramare.

The course is mostly flat but there are some testing hills around Duino.

In 2009, Justus Kiprono Kipchirchir of Kenya (2:14:47) and Nadir Sabino de Siqueira of Brasil (2:47:02) won the full marathon. The top half marathon finishers were Stefano Zancan (1:09:31) and Paola Veraldi (1:20:22), both of Italy.


Race report and photos: 2012, 2010, 2009


Trieste, Italy (Photo: Copyright © 2009 Hendrik Böttger /



Country: Italy

Venue (Map): Gradisca d'Isonzo - Duino - Miramare - Trieste

Date: 2 May 2010 (Sunday)

Start (42.2km): 9.15 Gradisca d'Isonzo

Start (21.1km): 10.30 Duino

Start (7km non-competitive run): 11.00 Miramare

Finish: Trieste, Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia

Entries: online until 26 April, by e-mail or fax until 29 April, payment by credit card or bank transfer; late entries at the marathon expo until Saturday 1 May; no entries on the day!

Entry fees (42.2km): 30/35/40/45 EUR (until 2 March / 2 April / 26 April / 1 May)

Entry fees (21.1km): 15/20/25/30 EUR

Entry fees (7km): 10 EUR (at the marathon expo until 1 May)

Race centre: Marathon expo in Trieste; marathon runners can pick up their race number at the start in Gradisca

You get: timing chip rental, pre-race bus service to the start, transport of personal clothing to the finish, pasta party after the race, race bag, finisher medal

Prizes: prize money to the first 10 M/F in the marathon and to the first 5 M/F in the half marathon

Showers and changing facilities: yes

Number of finishers 2009: 1785 (half marathon), 548 (marathon), 26 relay teams, 226 inline skaters

Event website:


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Maratona d'Europa: Finish on Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia in Trieste (Photo: Copyright © 2010 Hendrik Böttger /