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21 Nov

There’s No Place Like Rome

Rome MarathonWith nearly 3,000 years of architecture and globally influential art to enjoy, Rome is one of  the most visited cities in Europe. There’s added incentive to visit next spring as Rome Marathon returns on 2 April 2017.

First held in 1982, the race sets off in the shadow of the 2,000-year-old Colosseum. Runners go past an array of landmarks including Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona. The course is predominantly flat though sometimes uneven due to the cobblestoned streets.

Last year’s marathon was won by 23-year-old Kenyan Amos Kipruto in 2:08:12, ending three years of Ethiopian domination. His performance is the fourth fastest ever at the event and the best performance of the season in Italy. The women’s race saw Ethiopian Tusa Rahma winning in 2:28:49.

Travel specialists Sports Tours International is offering various packages for Rome Marathon. They say: “Run in the footsteps of history, as you take on a marathon route through this ancient city. The Rome Marathon lets your run through these historical streets taking in all the sights from Rome along the way.”

 For more information and to enter the marathon, visit the Sports Tours International website.