Milan Marathon

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15/08/2010 at 17:38
I am thinking of entering the Milan Marathon which takes place next April. Anyone out there done this? Is it good? Thanks!
05/09/2010 at 16:07

Hi Gez,

  I did the Stramalino last year. I thought it was quite good & with all the other runs also happening the same day, there was a great buzz of runners. The course is very flat & goes through the city, but is a bit featureless I think.  It finishes in a big park behind the castle. I thought it was very well organised. Pity about the exchange rate & the cost of Euros now.

22/09/2010 at 20:01

Hi Gez, I've just entered. Was looking for a marathon around then and apart from a charity place for London there was only really Brighton. I looked over seas and found this. The return flight was £55 from Dirty Leeds so I booked in for the race and then the flights. It was only then I looked into the race!! Sounds like its flat and fast but after about 6 or 7 miles its a little dull, not much support and in some previous years there were problems with motorists!! Sounds brilliant to me! I have heard that it is extremely well organised and there are plany of water stations. What's the worst that can happen???

A couple of friends of mine have also booked. Both have never run a marathon but they want to run one before they get married in May. Another friend will also sign up, he's just waiting for his rejection letter for London first, Ive put it out to others and there has been some interest.

 Be good to keep this forum going to hear of others that may be taking part.

Edited: 22/09/2010 at 20:07
23/09/2010 at 08:28
The Italians do really good marathons. They are very well organised and are not expensive. You may well need a doctors certificate to say that you will not drop dead during the race but I normally make one of these up on my computer. Great pasta parties the night before.
29/10/2010 at 13:55

No Toes wrote You may well need a doctors certificate to say that you will not drop dead during the race but I normally make one of these up on my computer. 

Am thinking of doing this one but no experience of running abroad. No Toes do you translate your 'doctors note' into italian language? Also do you know if they accept id other than a passport? IAAF card?

Edited: 29/10/2010 at 13:58
25/02/2011 at 20:08

Ive signed up for this. Just booked hotel. A bit confused about the whole medical certificate thing?? Advice anyone??

30/03/2011 at 20:40

French races demand a doctors note  and I've just seen that there is a health form on the web that we were meant to send to them.

Notification of my number came by e-mail today so, I'm guessing it's not needed.

01/04/2011 at 12:56

The rules on this seem very confusing. I'm going to fill out the form and bring it with me. May even do it officially with a Doctor, just booked an appointment. I wouldn't like to get there to be told I can't run!!

02/04/2011 at 10:26
I did this in 07. Assuming the course hasn't changed, it is flat and fast. There is a dearth of scenery in the mid section. Running around the duomo was spectacular however. I got a great asics top free at the expo. I did Rome last March, and would definitely do more marathons in italy. Hope you all enjoy it!
11/04/2011 at 11:49
Do it for sure. It is very well organised and there are loads of pre-race pasta parties in town the night before. I did my second yesterday. Milan also has a lot of relay teams (1300 yesterday) which really adds to the party atmosphere. Compliments to the organisers because there was a spell of freak hot weather (don't think UK hot) but they increased the amount of water available and had fire hoses acting as showers at some of them.

The only odd thing with all the relay teams is when you are pushing hard in the last 10k and "Bugs Bunny" hurtles past you!
24/09/2011 at 15:58


I've run Florence before and i just needed a doc's cert for that. I think its an italian thing. 

@No More Nails - You said you booked a flight from Leeds for £55 - who was that with?  I'm looking at flying from leeds too but i cant find anything cheap.


04/12/2011 at 01:12
I'm thinking about this one too. Just did Nice-Cannes and it was fantastic. Doing a trip away makes it all seem a bit more special - hard to gear up to run around Reading or Milton Keynes!
12/01/2012 at 13:19

Hi everyone. Similar to No More Nails, was looking to do another marathon in April time and with London & Brighton chocca now, thought Milan would be fun. Concensus is that it's flat and pretty fast.

I'm flying from Heathrow on the Saturday morning but not sorted any accomodation out yet. Any advises? somewhere within staggering distance of the finish line and a bottle of Perroni would be handy.

Assume they should be able to throw a pretty decent pasta part too !!!!!   

13/01/2012 at 12:41

Hi, I'm considering this marathon. Got Berlin in Sept but wanted to do a Spring marathon too.

Emerson Paul, what airport you flying into? I've been given 3 options...

Will be needing accomodation advice too!

13/01/2012 at 12:52

Hi harvi,

 I'm flying into Linate, closest to the city apparently although not many carriers go there. The other 2 seem more popular. I'm flying with B.A. early Saturday returning mid afternoon Monday. Hope this helps !


18/01/2012 at 15:05
Thanks Emerson! I have booked with EasyJet for Friday - Monday flying into Linate too. Booked Regina hotel which is close to the main centre. Can't wait! Good luck in your training!
09/02/2012 at 14:03

Cheers Harvi, you too !

May consider booking same hotel too unless anyone else can recommend anywhere else nearerby.

15/02/2012 at 16:07

Hi all,

I'm doing Milan this year. Does anyone know what the drinks situation is, as not on website?

Do they have energy drinks? if so what brand in what quantity, frequency and vessel?

Many thanks


15/02/2012 at 17:14
I did this in 2010. Boring and relay runners kept elbowing you as they flew past you. The best part is running around the Cathedral where there is crowd support. There are energy drinks and I think they could be "Energade". I've done Rome 4 times (absolutely fab), Florence (worth doing) Venice (beautiful final part with 14 bridges) plus other minor ones such as Naples, Bari etc. I'm sorry to say that Milan is the worst one. That's just my personal opinion though and I hope that everyone who's booked has a great time.
17/02/2012 at 14:36


 I emailed Milan Race Info and they replied as under :

 "the Energy drink staff will be “ENERVIT”. We’ll communicate soon what exactly there will be at the energy stations (probably (but not for sure) energy drinks, energy bars and maybe some gels after  the 21th km plus water, biscuits and fruits) "


Hope this helps !


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