The Rome Marathon is an annual sporting event held in Rome, starting with the year 1982. The first edition of the competition, in its current form, took place in 1995. The 24th edition of Maratona di Roma will take place on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Given the large number of athletes taking part, it is considered the most attended sporting event in Italy. The route is flat for 70% and crosses the historic center of Rome, winds along the Lungotevere and reaches the Rome Mosque in the north and the Basilica of St. Paul to the south.
The departure is in Via dei Fori Imperiali, a very spacious avenue that allows the numerous participants to settle down without congestion. Every 5 km there are refreshment points with race judges. After the 40 km refreshment, it is encounter the hardest climb of the track along the wide curve that embraces the Colosseum, which again leads to viale dei Fori Imperiali and the finish line.
There will be also a 4-km non-competitive race, the Fun Run, open to everyone who loves to run. Last years, more than 80,000 people took part. The start is in Via dei Fori Imperiali, just after the competitive race, and the finish line is at Circo Massimo.