Venice Marathon 2021

From Villa Pisani in Stra to Venice, 42.195 km of adrenaline and thrill!

24 October 2021

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The Venice Marathon 2021 is ready to set off! Sunday, October 24th one of the most important races in the calendar of Italian running is back: a storm of emotions for the public and for athletes, spanning amazing landscapes, adrenaline and solidarity.

Now at its 35th edition the Venicemarathon, after a year of stop due to problems related to the Covid-19, returns to fascinate its participants with the traditional itinerary which starting from Villa Pisani on the Brenta Riviera will lead athletes to the heart of Venice...

Founded in 1986, the Venice Marathon, Italy is an international race on the Olympic distance of 42.195 kilometres, recognized by the IAAF and certified Silver Label.

The peculiarity of the competition is the beauty of the landscape that is encountered along the way: at the start, the Venicemarathon - October 2021 will offer impressive views of the Brenta River with its historic villas and upon arriving in Venice, the athletes will be caught by the magic of St Mark’s Square, the Doge's Palace and the famous Bell Tower.

Edition after edition, the Venice marathon has slowly earned its place as a constant presence in the calendar of Italian and international races, now with athletes coming from all over the world to participate, and also with fans who watch the race along the whole route encouraging the runners.

The Venice marathon 2021 route is the same: it will start in front of Villa Pisani, located in Stra, in the initial part of the splendid Riviera del Brenta. Once they set off the athletes will run surrounded by magical Venetian villas, a symbol of the opulent past of the Serenissima... They will then cross the center of Marghera and Mestre until they reach the Park of San Giuliano and Ponte della Libertà. Once arrived in Venice they’ll run along the port area and the Giudecca Canal up to Punta della Dogana. A special boat bridge approx. 170 m long, created especially for the occasion of the marathon will allow athletes to cross the Grand Canal to reach St Mark’s Square! High water levels permitting, the Venice, Italy Marathon 2021 will continue touching the Campanile and the Doge’s Palace until the finishing line in Riva Sette Martiri, where athletes will be met with a breathtaking view of the Venice Lagoon.

In an almost entirely flat course, the only difficulties of the Venice Marathon 10k 2021 route are: between km 25 and 35, where athletes will have to face 3 or 4 uphill sections approx. 100 m long, and in the last 3 km, when runners will have to cross 14 small bridges, equipped with wooden ramps, above the canals of Venice.

After the success of the last editions, the VM10KM is on again: the Venice Half Marathon 2021 – although it isn’t the most appropriate name since the itinerary is about 10.7 km long - will start from the Exposport Venicemarathon Village located in Parco San Giuliano di Mestre and then join the 42K route and finish in Venice, in Riva Sette Martiri.

The Venice Italy Half Marathon 2021 will also allow less trained athletes to actively participate in the event, enjoying the extraordinary emotions that only the Venicemarathon can offer!

  • competitive 10K: open to Fidal registered athletes, affiliated Sports Promotion Organizations and Runcard holders in compliance with health certification - starting at about 8.30 am
  • non-competitive 10K: open to everyone, runners, Nordic Walkers, Fit Walkers and families – departure at 8.35/8.40 am approx.


To ensure the athletes a safe and smooth conduct of the Marathon in Venice, during the entire route, both of the 42K and the 10K, the entire route will be closed to traffic with signs at every km and for all the bridges affected by the competition there will be special wooden ramps.

Thanks to the various collateral initiatives organized around the main competitions, the Venicemarathon also seeks to be an opportunity to bring people closer to sport. Among these, the most important are definitely the Venice Marathon Alì Family Run that will be held in different locations of the province in the weeks before the Venice Marathon. Alì Family Runs are short non-competitive races on a route of about 4 km that unite young people and families in the name of health, fun and solidarity.

Solidarity has always been a staple of the Venicemarathon that with its Charity Program aims to raise funds for important social projects involving first-hand the same marathon runners: when registering for the 35th Venice Marathon or the VM10KM, each athlete may decide to run for one of the Non-Profit organizations participating in the initiative and commit themselves to raise donations for it.

Great expectations also for Exposport Venicemarathon Village, Trade and Leisure Fair, headquarters and village sponsor of the event. Located at the San Giuliano Park to offer the right food at the marathon! Here the athletes can pick up their breastplate and race pack on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd October!

The Venice Marathon 2021 42K and 10K are waiting for you on Sunday, October 24th! A race full of great emotions from Stra to the heart of the Serenissima!


Venice Marathon timetables and full program on the official website

By Insidecom Editorial Staff