Padova Marathon (Maratona di Padova), also known as the Saint Anthony Marathon (Maratona di Sant’Antonio), is an annual running competition which takes place in the month of April, in Padua, named in honour of Saint Anthony of Padua.
Both professional athletes and amateurs can participate in the race, due to the fact that, in addition to the traditional 42 kilometers marathon, the event also features a half-marathon and shorter routes (of 2, 5 and 12 kilometers), for everyone’s possibilities.
For many years, the departure of the race was in Vedelago, north of Padua. In 2009, the start of the race was made in Camposanpiero, and since 2011, due to the end of the contract between the organizing committee and the municipality of Vedelago, the race changed its route: the departure was in Campodarsego and the arrival in the famous square of Prato della Valle.
Over the years, the popularity of the event grew, making Padova Marathon one of the main races in Italy, in terms of participants and technical level.
Since the 2016 edition, the marathon changed its route again. Now, the departure is made at the Euganeo Stadium, in Padua, and it follows the beautiful route crossing the towns of Rubano, Selvazzano Dentro and Teolo, and the renowned thermal area in Abano Terme, just outside of Padua. Abano Terme is the starting line of the half-marathon, which then follows the same route as the marathon.
In Padua, the runners will pass along the most beautiful attractions of the city: Piazza dei Signori, Piazza della Frutta, Caffè Pedrocchi, Palazzo del Bo and Basilica of Saint Anthony, to finish the race in the Pratto dela Valle.
PADUA MARATHON 2019 will take place on Sunday, April 28, when a few thousand people are expected to participate in all the races.