Maratona di Padova – Sunday April 17, 2016
If you’re looking for a marathon that is flat, this is the marathon for you! The route is so flat that you’ll be longing for a hill by the time you reach the 10km mark.
The Maratona di Padova, also known as Maratona di San Antonio is held annually around April and is actually a marathon, a half marathon and some fun runs.
The full marathon starts from the Padova stadium. Runners run away from Padova towards the start of the half marathon and turn back to finish off the marathon with the half marathon participants. The half marathon starts from Abano Terme. The route takes runners past the picturesque colli Euganei and finishes off in the centre of Padova, taking runners by the Duomo, through the famous squares, along some cobbled roads, past the San Antonio Basilica and ends in Prato della Valle, the second largest square in Europe.
This marathon proved to be very well organised with water stops, fruit stands, energy drinks and even biscuits along the way.
Padova is generally cool at this time of the year and being such a flat route would be ideal for a PB.
This year happened to be a particularly hot and humid day, definitely not the best conditions for running. It was however a great experience; a great way of seeing a new city and making new friends. An experience to be repeated!
And to finish off, here is some practical advice. Padova can be very easily reached from Treviso or Bologna by bus or by train. Ryanair flies from Malta to both these destinations.The organisers of this marathon require a medical certificate. They also require proof of membership with a club or a runcard (available online). – Josette Portelli