The 20th Acea Maratona di Roma, IAAF Gold Label Road Race is going to be held on Sunday, March 23rd 2014. Start will be at 8:50 am from Via dei Fori Imperiali, with the finish line placed there too.
Over 17,000 athletes have entered the race (registrations will close on March 10th). Over 9,000 runners are expected from Italy and over 8,000 from 122 countries. The event has already beaten the record for the number of registered athletes (16,188 in 2011) and for the number of represented Nations (83 in 2010). 80 disabled athletes have entered the race.
The event will be broadcast live in Italy on RAI Sport 1, from 8.50 am to 12 noon CET. Live broadcast will be provided also at www.raisport.rai.it. Swedish TV rights distribution company IEC guarantees live coverage of 3 hours in 90 countries (coverage: Europe, Africa, Australia, Latin America and Asia). Tv producers company Exora will make available all its resources and its cutting edge technology to ensure the best image quality to the race.
Alongside with the marathon, also the traditional “RomaFun – La Stracittadina” will be staged. A huge non-competitive 5k, whose participation in recent years rocketed over 80,000. For the first time this year the finish line will be inside the Circo Massimo.
RACECOURSE 2014: THE FINISH WILL BE FROM PIAZZA VENEZIA TO THE FORI IMPERIALI
Acea Maratona di Roma 2014 racecourse has some news compared to the last editions. Due to the roadway downsizing and the high number of registrations, the start and the finish line will be in Via dei Fori Imperiali but about three hundred meters further than previous editions, at the Foro di Traiano / Campidoglio. The start will be in the direction of Piazza Venezia (as usual) while the finish will be in the opposite direction.
The course, sliding average, includes 77 changes of direction (no elbows) and approximately 7.6 km of cobblestones. The half marathon mark is set at Via della Giuliana. The course touches many of the most important and famous Rome landmarks, among them: the transit at Via Nazionale and Largo Magnanapoli (km 41.5 with the sight of the Quirinale on the right). In order to guarantee technical and medical assistance to runners and public, the racecourse segment of Fontana di Trevi was removed. On Sunday, March 23rd everybody wearing the Maratona di Roma and the RomaFun – La Stracittadina bib will ride public transportation for free.