8th Palmanova Half Marathon 2010
Palmanova (Italy), Sunday 21 November 2010
The start and the finish are on Piazza Grande.
The Palmanova Half Marathon in north-eastern Italy attracts an ever-growing number of runners. Last year's race had over 2000 finishers, a quarter of them from neighbouring Slovenia.
The rural course through fields and villages on the Friulian Plain is traffic-free and incredibly flat and fast, but apparently it's not certified.
The start and finish are on the hexagonal Piazza Grande in the small town of Palmanova. Built at the end of the 16th century as a Venetian fortress town, Palmanova has the form of a nine-pointed star and is surrounded by a wide moat.
In 2009, the top finishers came from Kenya. Marathon legend Margaret Okayo, former winner of the New York, Boston and London Marathon, was first woman home in a time of 1:11:54. Geoffrey Giikuni won the men's race in a very fast 1:01:12.
Held in November at the end of the running season, the event gives participants the opportunity to clock a fast time as well as to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. The Laguna di Grado on the Adriatic Sea is just around 25 kilometres to the south.
Race report and photos: Palmanova Half Marathon 2010
Event details: 2011
Venue (Map): Palmanova (Udine 20km, Trieste 52km, Venezia 110km, Ljubljana 131km)
Date: 21 November 2010 (Sunday)
Start time: 10.00
Start and finish: Piazza Grande, Palmanova
Entries: online (payment by credit card) or by fax or e-mail (payment by bank transfer); entrants from foreign countries can pay the entry fees on the day; entries close 17 November; no entries on the day; entrants from Italy may have to provide a medical certificate at registration
Entry fees: 13 EUR (until 3 November), 18 EUR (until 17 November)
Race centre: on Piazza Grande (Saturday 14.00-18.00; on the day 7.30-9.00)
You get: timing chip rental, goody bag, pasta party after the race, shuttle bus service to the sports centre (showers)
Prizes: first 10 M/F; category prizes
Showers and changing facilities: Centro Polisportivo (sports centre in the north-eastern part of Palmanova)
Award ceremony: 13.30
Number of finishers 2009: 2083 runners, 11 handcyclists
Event website (in Italian): www.espalmanova.it
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