April featured events

 Calabria - Located on the "toe" of the Italian peninsula and separated from the island of Sicily by the Strait of Messina, Reggio Calabria, also known as "the city of Bronzes" (after the Bronzes of Riace that are testimonials of its Greek origins) and "the city of bergamot" (a variety of oranges exclusively cultivated in the region) is the oldest city in the region. Each year the course of the Reggio Calabria Half Marathon, along its promenade, dotted with rare magnolias and exotic palms, allows runners to discover the beauty of this city, once an important and flourishing colony of Magna Graecia.

 Emilia Romagna - The route of the ultramarathon 50 Km di Romagna in Castel Bolognese, near Ravenna, runs on paved roads immersed in the green hills of the valley of the river Senio, uphill in the first half and downhill on the way back, passing by the XIV century Sforza castle and along the vineyards producing the renown Albana, Trebbiano and the Sangiovese grapes.

 Lazio - The streets and squares of the Eternal City have witnessed some of the running legends of all time. Dorando Pietri in 1906 triumphed at the finish line of marathon in Villa Borghese, Abebe Bikila in 1960 won barefoot the Olympic marathon under the Arch of Constantine, and the Kenyan-Japanese Douglas Wakiihuri in 1987 won the Marathon World Championships. Now it is your turn to run on the very same streets with the Maratona di Roma, also featuring a shorter 5k course.

 Lazio - You are probably familiar with the expression "All roads lead to Rome". Well, the Roma Appia Run features a 4k and a 13k course on the Appia Antica, one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient Republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, in southeast Italy, and was used as a main route to transport troops and military supplies outside Roma since its construction in 312 bC. In the 1960 Summer Olympics, the Appia Antica served as part of the men's marathon course that was won by the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila.

 Lombardia - The Ultra Milano-Sanremo is Europe's longest point-to-point foot race. Over three days, it retraces the route of the famous bicycle race called "The Spring Classic". It goes through three Italian regions starting from the city of Milan, running between rice fields, countless historical centers, up and down the Turchino Pass before reaching the Mediterranean Sea. The course then stretches along the entire coast of the Italian Riviera, arriving in the city of flowers, the beautiful Sanremo. It is over 290 kilometers of Pure Sport History that fascinated its crowds for over a century.

 Lombardia - Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial centre of Italy, but it is also a major design and world fashion capital. So, dust off your most elegant running clothes, shine up your shoes and sign up for the Milano City Marathon, one of the most prestigious marathons in Italy, with 20,000 participants racing on a touristic course that goes by the iconic cathedral and several city monuments.

 Lombardia - The Lake Maggiore International Trail is an absolutely magnificent race course, which will take all participants high above the Lago Maggiore, where runners will enjoy some seriously crisp, breathtaking views across the mountain tops and over the blue waters of one if Italy's most renowned lakes. Located on the south side of the Alps, the Lago Maggiore owes his name to the fact of being the second largest lake in Italy. Its shorelines are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino.

 Lombardia - Dubbed by the organizers "The hardest kilometer race in the world", the Valtellina Vertical Tube Race is only one kilometer in lenght but the course spawns over 2700 steps with 500 meters of altitude change and a 60% average incline, running along the local water pipe. This tough uphill event is held in Montagna in Valtellina, a valley in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, bordering Switzerland, known for its ski center, hot spring spas, bresaola (delicious air-dried salted beef), its Bitto cheese and its wines.

 Piemonte - As the title of the run indicates, the Brutal Trail in Ghemme, in the northern province of Novara, promises a very tough course. However, participants will not face uphill mountain roads nor rocky forest paths. As a matter of fact, the three featured courses will not go beyond the local vineyard grounds, and participants will run up and down between the rows of vines multiple times (up to forty loops!) depending on the chosen distance. But at the end of this particular running challenge a visit to the cellar and wine tasting will be the well-deserved reward for all finishers.

 Sardegna - The Chia Laguna Half Marathon is a spectacular sea view international half marathon that takes place in Chia, near Cagliari, in the south of Sardinia. The stunning 13.1 miles course on closed roads takes in the island's world-famous coast surrounded by the green of the Mediterranean vegetation, turquoise sea, white sand dunes and a lagoon hosting pink flamingos. The event includes a competitive 10 kilometers race as well as 5 kilometers fun run. It is a unique opportunity to run in an amazing place and enjoy a vacation in the outstanding Chia Laguna Resort at special half marathon rates.

 Sicilia - Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Greek temples in the valley near Agrigento, in Sicily, are the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. The half marathon Mezza maratona della concordia, that here is held, is a fantastic occasion to run on the footsteps of one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the golden age of Ancient Greece.

 Sicilia - Marsala is more than just a veal sauce. The Maratonina del vino (Wine Half Marathon) in Marsala, a city near Trapani, will offer foreign runners the opportunity to visit the place where it all began: thanks to the English trader John Woodhouse who discovered it would last on long ocean voyages, the renown Marsala wine - fortified like Port, Madeira and Sherry - became famous first in England and then worldwide. Golden, amber, ruby - these are some of the different dry or sweet varieties of Marsala wine you can enjoy drinking after the run.

 Toscana - The Miniera in trail is held in the town of Rio Marina, on the Mediterranean island of Elba, the largest of the Tuscan Archipelago, famous for its deposits of iron. The race features a 14k and a 27k course. The start is from the marina. A hilly trail will bring the participants up and down the surrounding mountains through an open mine of iron pyrite (fool's gold).

 Toscana - With a population of about 400, the island of Capraia will host the 20k trail race Capraia wild trail all around its coastline. Capraia is of volcanic origin, is about 5 miles long (from Punta della Teglia to Punta dello Zenobio) and about 2 miles wide, and is part of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park and marine sanctuary.

 Toscana - The Ultratrail del Mugello begins with a climb in the beautiful forests surrounding the ancient Badia di Moscheta, near Firenzuola, in the province of Firenze. It then continues climbing the ridgeline of the Apennine watershed, passing sections that alternate between breathtaking panoramic views and old growth forests, and reaching Mount Pratone, one of the most stunning sections of the race. The trail follows the Gothic Line, where the German forces created a defensive line hoping to slow the advance of the allied army during their retreat from the Second World War. The course is 60 kilometers long.

 Trentino Alto Adige - The day after "Pasqua" (Easter), called "Pasquetta" in Italian, the Valsugana running club of Ospedaletto, near Trento, organizes the Trofeo di Pasquetta. It is a 5.5k and a 3.5k event starting at 1 in the afternoon from the city hall.

 Umbria - The local running club organizes in Deruta, the run Per le vie della ceramica ("On the roads of the ceramic"). It is a 12k course with a shorter one (3.5k). Deruta is a hill town in the province of Perugia, in the Umbria region of central Italy. Long known as a center of refined maiolica manufacture, Deruta remains known for its ceramics, which are exported worldwide.

 Veneto - Venice needs no presentation. The Su e zo per i ponti is a 6k or 12k event. Venezia will be pacifically invaded by thousands of participants. The course will start from piazza San Marco and will bring the participants up and down the bridges of Venice (40 bridges the long course, 13 bridges the short one). While it will be definitely hard on your knees, it is an absolutely memorable running event.

 Veneto - Every April 25 Italy celebrates Liberation Day. In this day, in the town of Cornuda, near Treviso, the Duerocche run is held. It features course of 6k, 12k, and 21k, plus a 48k ultramarathon and a 14k historic walk.

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