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Rome Marathon

Every March the streets of Rome are filled with thousands of runners taking part in the Maratona di Roma, the Rome Marathon.

While the course is mostly flat, with some uphill segments towards the end of the race, the surface the race is run on can be different to other races with old cobblestone roads part of the run. The cobbled parts of the run occur near the start and end of the marathon. There are many drink stations around the course with water, energy drinks, sponges and fruit.

The course allows runners to view all of the great landmarks of Rome. It starts at the Colosseum, also goes by Vatican City and other historic areas that runners will see include the Pyramid of Cestius, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Olympic Stadium.

The course record was set in 2009 by Kenyan Benjamin Kiptoo with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 17 seconds. Italians Stefano Baldini, Ruggero Pertile and Alberico di Cecco have won their home race and other winners include Siraj Gena, Josephat Kiprono and Emile Puttemans. The fastest woman to compete was Russian Galina Bogomolova who recorded a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 53 seconds in 2008.

After the long marathon is over another race starts. The ROMAFUN race is a short and non-competitive event of around 5km.

Weather conditions can impact the race although a run in good weather is more likely than rain coming down. The average weather in March is in the range of 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius.

Runners can get to Italy by air and will land at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. Trains operate between the airport and the city centre of Rome. To get to the starting area runners can use the underground train system.

Along with the historic tourist attractions that are near the marathon course there are other areas to see in the city and also museums and galleries. The National Gallery of Modern Art and Vatican Museums are places to visit. There are a variety of sports to watch in Rome and at the Stadio Olimpico soccer fans can watch Roma or Lazio play.

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