2018 will be another year of walking marathons along the Via Francigena. From news to updated formats, there have been many events organised along the Italian section of the route this year.
Let’s begin with the new entry: the South Francigena Marathon.
The 28th April 2019 will debut the South Francigena Marathon, the first non-competitive marathon of 42km which will take hikers on a discovery of the Via Francigena of the South from Velletri to Rome. The event, organised by Italian Walking Tour Asd, with the collaboration and support of the European Association of Via Francigena Ways (EAVF), will have three routes of different lengths, it will cross 8 municipalities, parco dei Castelli Romani, parco regionale dell’Appia Antica, to end at the gates of Rome. A day surrounded by history to the discovery of unique archaeological and natural sites. To register and for more info visit: www.italianwalkingtour.com. (Download the poster below).
- Bolsena lake Marathon:
The 28th April 2019 is also the day of the Bolsena lake Marathon. The event, first launched in 2017, has been organised by the Montefiascone Via Francigena Association, in collaboration with the municipality of Montefiascone and with the support of the municipalities neighbouring the lake. The marathon, supported by the European Association of Via Francigena Ways, is also a promotional tool to raise awareness of the Via Francigena and the territory rich with natural and artistic beauty. To register visit: https://maratonalagodibolsena.it/. (Download the poster below).
- European Francigena Marathon:
Our date with the mother of Francigena marathons returns on the 2nd June with the European Francigena Marathon from Acquapendente to Montefiascone. The hike, organised by the Department of Sport, Tourism and Culture of the municipality of Acquapendente and supported by the European Association of Via Francigena Ways, has been organised as a classic Francigena marathon of 42,195km, with the option of shorter routes to San Lorenzo Nuovo and Bolsena. We’re talking about a greatly successful event which enabled several similar initiative sporting events to stem from it. The EAVF is an active partner in the project. For registration and info visit: www.francigenamarathon.it.
- Francigena Val di Susa Marathon:
From Lazio to Piedmont: on 23rd June 2019, the second edition of the Val di Susa marathon along the Via Francigena will take place, organised by IRIDE association. The hike, starting in Avigliana, will take its walkers to the Sacra di San Michele to finish in the Susa historic centre. For registration and info visit: www.francigenavaldisusamarathon.it.
- Francigena Tuscany Marathon:
After the summer break, the Via Francigena marathon will return on the 29th September with the third edition of the Francigena Tuscany Marathon. The event will cross the municipalities of Pietrasanta, Camaiore, Massarosa and Lucca. For more info visit: www.francigenatuscanymarathon.com.
- World Francigena Ultramarathon:
The gran finale is the World Francigena Ultramarathon on 12th and 13th October 2019. The super-hike of 120km from Siena to Acquapendente is the third edition and will attract, as always, many people dedicated to crossing the finish line in the European Jerusalem. The event, supported by the European Association of Via Francigena Ways, offers three different routes: from Siena to Buonconvento, 32km; from San Quirico d’Orcia to Acquapendente, 65km and from Radicofani to Acquapendente, 32km. For more info visit: www.francigenaultramarathon.it.