9th Half Marathon on the "Roman Grid"
San Giorgio delle Pertiche (Italy), Sunday 12 September 2010
Roman history buffs will be particularly interested in this very flat and fast half marathon, held in September near the cities of Padua and Venice in the north-east of Italy.
The start and the finish are in the village of San Giorgio delle Pertiche, located on the Roman road Via Aurelia, which runs through the densely populated Veneto region.
The route is one lap of an accurately measured course through fields and villages in the Graticolato Romano, an area which serves as a prime example of Roman regional planning.
Since Roman times, this has been the agricultural part of the territory of Patavium, nowadays known as Padua (or Padova in Italian language).
In the first century BC, the area was divided into a geometric pattern of squares. These were then split into farms for the settlers. The grid street plan is still visible on the course map and on the satellite image.
In 2009, the race had over 400 finishers. Said Boudalia (1:05:56) captured his fifth win in the race, Giovanna Ricotta (1:18:42) won for the third time.
Venue (Map): San Giorgio delle Pertiche (Padova 17km, Venice 40km, Verona 84km, Udine 160km)
Date: 12 September 2010 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km (certified by FIDAL)
Start time: 9.00
Start and finish: Via Roma
Entries: by post, fax or e-mail; payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day until 8.30; entrants may have to provide a medical certificate at registration and pay an additional 5 EUR if they are not members of an Italian athletics club
Entry fees: 12/15/18 EUR (until 1 Sep/8 Sep/12 Sep)
Race centre: Scuola elementare (primary school), Via Roma, San Giorgio delle Pertiche (Saturday 15.00-18.00, and on the day from 7.30)
You get: timing chip rental, massage, pasta party after the race
Prizes: prize money to the first 10M and 5F and to the first 3 M/F from Italy; category prizes
Showers and changing facilities: near the finish
Award ceremony: 11.30
Number of finishers 2009: 424; 16 athletes with disabilities
Event website (in Italian): www.maratoninasulgraticolato.net
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