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BEFORE THE RACE

What is the minimum age to register?

Marathon: 20 years or older on Padova Marathon day (April 23 ,2017)

Half marathon: 18 years or older on Padova Half marathon day (April 23,2017)

Which documents are necessary for registering?

Membership

Runners are required to hold a membership card from one of the Federations affiliated with IAAF and holding authorization to compete abroad. Athletes affiliated to IAAF must provide copy of the self-certification.

The IAAF self -certification from can be downloaded from this link:

In order to finalize your registration, you must send a copy of the IAAF membership either via email to iscrizioni@padovamarathon.com or via fax (+39 049 74 23 045).

All runners not holding a membership card from IAAF are required to purchase a RUNCARD from FIDAL: RUNCARD enables athletes to take part in any running events in Italy for one year from the moment of purchase.

The RUNCARD can be purchased at the moment of the online registration OR from the RUNCARD website .

We recommend to purchase the RUNCARD during the online registration process in order to have a discount on the fee.

In order to finalize your registration, you must send a copy of the RUNCARD either via email to iscrizioni@padovamarathon.com or via fax (+39 049 74 23 045).

Health form

All runners NOT holding a membership card from IAAF are required to provide a health certificate or to fill in the equivalent Health Form whereby a sports physician certifies that the athlete’ s physical conditions are such to allow performance at competitive levels in athletics.

The certificate must be issued and signed by a sports physician or by a centre for sports medicine. This certificate must be still valid on April 23, 2017.

The health form can be downloaded from this link:

In order to finalize your registration, you must send the heath certificate OR the health form either via email to iscrizioni@padovamarathon.com or via fax (+ 39 049 74 23 045).

The abovementioned documents are required in accordance to the regulations of the Italian Track and Field Federation (FIDAL) for all competitive races in Italy.

How can I buy the RUNCARD?

The RUNCARD can be purchased at the moment of the online registration OR from the RUNCARD website.

We recommend to purchase the RUNCARD during the online registration process in order to have a discount on the fee).

I don’t have the RUNCARD yet. Can I still register?

Yes, you can start registering online or via email.

As soon as possible, buy your Runcard online and send us your Runcard number via email on iscrizioni@padovamarathon.com

How can I verify my registration?

Just click here

What is the registration cut-off date?

You can register for the Marathon and the Half marathon until April 14th 2017.

Depending on bib number availability, it could be still possible to register at the Padova Marathon Expo on Friday 21th and Saturday 22nd April.

What is included in the registration fee?

Entry fee includes:

  • bib
  • insurance and medical assistance during the race
  • refreshment and sponging along the racecourse
  • goody bag
  • voucher for the Pasta Party
  • official programme and technical information
  • transport of personal clothing from the start area to the finish area
  • pre-race and post-race transportation by shuttle buses
  • rental of Championchip chip
  • final rankings via e-mail
  • marathon diploma
  • official medal

How will BIB numbers be assigned?

Bib numbers will be distributed automatically on the basis of the best personal time made in the last 2 years, declared by the participants and confirmed by FIDAL statistics, and on the basis of the registration date.

For this reason, the organization cannot satisfy requests for a specific number nor can it change numbers that have already been assigned, even in cases where the athlete has inadvertently failed to specify his/her personal best.

MARATHON

BIB NUMBERS - BEST TIME

1 - 100 - Top Runners

101 - 300 - Athletes with times under 3 hours

301 - 1000 - Athletes with times between 3 and 3 h 30

1101 - 2000 - Athletes with times between 3 h 30 and 4 h

From 2001 - on - From 4 hours on

4001 - 4200 - Disabled athletes

There are different start corrals for the above-listed groups. In order to simplify athlete access to the start corrals, the bibs for each group will be of a different colour.


HALF MARATHON

BIB NUMBERS - BEST TIME

5001 - 5500 - Athletes with times under 1 h 30

5501 - 7000 - Athletes with times between 1 h 30 and 1 h 45

From 7000 on - Athletes with times from 1 h 45 on


When will I pick up my BIB NUMBER?

The bib number is strictly personal and cannot be given to others or exchanged. It must be pinned to the chest with four safety pins so that it is completely visible; it should not be folded and it must be preserved in good condition.

All the athletes will be able to pick up the bib number and the chip at the Marathon Expo at Prato della Valle, Padua, on

  • Friday April 21st 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m
  • Bib numbers will also be distributed on Sunday morning in the star area of Euganeo Stadium from 7.15 a.m. until 8.15 a.m.

To get the bib number it is necessary for the participant to hand out the following documents:

  • an identity document
  • all the documentation requested in the confirmation letter IN CASE the athlete hasn’t sent it during the registration process.

When will I pick up my Goody bag?

Athletes will find a voucher for the goody bag pick up with their bib numbers package. Goody bags can be picked up at the Expo by showing their personal voucher, on:

  • Friday April 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
  • Saturday April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and
  • Sunday April 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Goody bags won’t be handed out to athletes who will not hand out the proper voucher.

Can I delegate someone else to pick up the BIB number and Goody bag for me?

Yes, it is possible to delegate someone else can to pick up your bib and goody bag on your behalf.

The substitute must provide:

  • a waiver, signed from the participant, which entitles the person to pick up the bib number on his/her behalf;
  • a copy of his/her own identity document
  • a copy of the identity document of the participant.

Is the registration fee refundable?

Entry fees are not refundable, in case you decide not to take part to the race.

  • Anyway, you can transfer your registration fee to Padova Marathon 2018. All you need to do, is to inform the organizers by March 24th 2017, either by fax (+39.049.7423045) or by e-mail (iscrizioni@padovamarathon.com ).
  • You can also transfer your registration to another runner by previously informing the organizers always by March 24 th2017. In case of “name change” you will be asked to pay extra € 15.

WARNING! Marathon and half marathon are two different races, with different bib numbers and chips. The possibility to change race depends on the availability of bib numbers and undergoes the payment of € 15,00. If you change on marathon morning you will not be in any of the result lists!

MARATHON/HALF MARATHON DAY


Can I enrol on Sunday April 23?

No, it won’t be possible. Registrations are closing on April 14th 2017.

Depending on bib availability, it will be still possible to register at the Marathon Expo on Friday April 21th and Saturday April 22nd .

Can I pick up the bib number on Marathon/Half Marathon day?

Yes, it is possible to pick up the bib number before the marathon and half marathon start on Sunday April 23,.

  • For Marathon participants: at the Marathon start location, Euganeo stadium, from 7.15 am to 8.15 am
  • For Half Marathon participants: pick up at the Half Marathon start, Abano Terme, from 8.30 am to 9.30 am

At what time is the race starting?

The Marathon will start at 8.45 am

In order to guarantee a smooth start, all runners are requested to arrive at the start line at the Euganeo Stadium no later than 7:45 a.m.

The Palaympic race will start at 8:35 am.

Wheelchair athletes are required to be at the start by 7:50 a.m.

It is mandatory for all athletes in wheelchairs to wear a helmet during the race.


The Half Marathon will start at 10.00 am

Runners are required to be at the start by 9.15

Slight variations in the starting time may be caused by the live television broadcast of the event.

Where is the race departing?

The Marathon will start from the Euganeo Stadium – Viale Nereo Rocco 60, Padua

The Half Marathon will start from Abano TermeVia Liberale da Verona, Abano Terme

Transportation BEFORE the race

A free shuttle bus service will take participants to the Marathon and Half Marathon start line.

For MARATHON participants:

The shuttles will leave from:

- Padua, Prato della Valle (Foro Boario side) at 7:00 am

- Padua, railway station (departing from the railway station main entrance) from 6:45 am to 7:15 am

For the accompanying person who will join participants in the Euganeo Stadium there will be a free shuttle service to Prato della Valle from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (departing from Viale Nereo Rocco - Palaindoor side).

For HALF MARATHON participants

The shuttles will leave from:

  • Padua, railway station (opposite the main entrance), from 7:45 am to 8:30 am
  • Padua, Park Guizza at Via Guizza (tram terminal – direction south) – from 7.45 to 8.39. This departing point is recommended due to higher parking availability

For the accompanying person who will join participants in Abano Terme, there will be a free shuttle bus service to Prato della Valle. The shuttles will depart from Via dei Colli Euganei – Busitalia Stop (near the ‘Gelateria delle Terme’) at 10.30 am

Both half marathon participants and relatives are strongly recommended to use the free shuttles bus service to get to Abano Terme.

Parking areas

For MARATHON participants:

Together with the bib number, all the athletes registered for the Padova Marathon will receive a parking pass which will allow them to leave their cars in the following parking areas:

- in Padua: At the Euganeo Stadium.

Coming to Padua via the A4 highway, take the “Padova Ovest” exit.

Coming via the A13 highway, take the “Padova Sud” exit and follow the signs to the “Stadio Euganeo” which are found throughout the city.

- For disabled athletes: reserved parking at the Euganeo Stadium.

It will be possible park in the reserved spaces by arriving no later than 7:45 a.m.

Please make sure that the parking pass is clearly visible and placed on the dashboard inside your car.

The organizers refuse all responsibility for the objects left unattended inside the cars.


For HALF MARATHON participants

Together with the bib number, all the athletes registered for the half marathon will receive a parking pass which will allow them to leave their cars in the following parking areas:

- at Abano Terme: (coming from North): reserved parking in front of Gelateria delle Terme/ Ritz Hotel and parking along Via Monte Ricco and R. Agazzi square (until 9:00 a.m.);

- at Abano Terme (coming from South) : reserved parking at Via Brustolon (San Daniele zone);

- In Padua: APS parking at Via Guizza (bus terminal – direction south) – departing point of the free shuttle bus heading to Abano Terme.

Please make sure to get to the departing area at Abano Terme no later than 9 am.

Please make sure that the parking pass is clearly visible and placed on the dashboard inside your car.

The organizers refuse all responsibility for the objects left unattended inside the cars.


Where can I drop my personal bag before the race?

Bag drop-off for Marathon participants: drop-off area at Eugeneo Stadium (Marathon start) , before 8.00 am.

Bag drop-off for Half-Marathon participants: drop-off area at Abano Terme (Half marathon start) , before 10.00 am

A free service will be organized to collect and transport all marathon and half marathon participants’ personal bags to the finish area in Prato della Valle.

The identification sticker with the bib number must be attached to the bag. The sticker will be distributed with the bib.

Athletes will be able to pick up their bags from the courier trucks after the race in Prato Della Valle.

Athletes are strongly recommended not to put in the bag holding their personal belongings objects of value and to only insert extremely necessary garments.

Personal bags will be handed out only if athletes will exhibit their bib number.

Time limits

Marathon maximum time: 6 hours, with roads completely closed to traffic

Half marathon: 5 hours, with roads completely closed to traffic

Pacers

Various groups of pacers will be at runners’ disposal. Pacers are athletes trained to run the race at a constant pace in order to complete the race at a specific time.

Participants who keep up with them will be able to reach the finish line in the following times:

The Marathon in : 3h00’, 3h15’, 3h30’, 3h45’, 4h00’, 4h15’, 4h30’, 5h00’

The Half Marathon in 1h 30’ – 1h 35’- 1h 40’ - 1h 45’ – 1h 50’ – 1h 55’ - 2h 00’- 2h 15’

At the Marathon or Half Marathon start, pacers will be inside the various start corrals.

Pacers will be identified along the race by the sign ‘pacer’ or by the times written on their vest

Balloons of various colours will also indicate their position.

Sponging and refreshment points

Marathon: refreshments point will be located at the finish area and along the course every 5K. At each refreshment point water, tea, integrators and solid food (biscuits, fruit..) will be served.

Sponging points will be located along the route at the Km 17.5, Km 27.5, Km 37.5).

Half marathon: refreshment point will be located at the finish area and along the route every 5k; the first refreshment point will be located at Km 5.

At each refreshment point water, tea, energy drinks and solid food (cookies, fruit..) will be served.

The first sponging point will be located at Km 7.5; from there on the same sponging points as the marathon’s will be available to half marathon runners.

Medical assistance

Medical assistance will be provided along the entire race course and will be coordinated by Suem 118. Two motorcycles providing medical assistance will also follow the race. Further, the two hospitals along the race curse – Abano Terme and Padua – have been pre-alerted for any necessity.

Next to the Sanitary Service tent after the finish line, there will be a tent for information on marathon runners who have been aided along the race course.

We realise that every marathon runner knows his/her own limits and how to gauge his/her own strength in order to reach the finish line. This is our wish to all participants!


Withdrawal from the race

Those runners who decide to quit the race, should use the refreshment stations and sponging stations located along the race course. as meeting points.

From there they will be taken to the finish line area in Prato della Valle, where they will be able to collect their personal bag.

Where is the finish line located?

Both the Marathon and Half Marathon finish lines are located in Prato della Valle, Padua.

Finish area

At the finish area all runners will find: medal delivery area, refreshment area, sponging area, restrooms, showers and bags pick up area.

A free massage service will also be offered to all athletes by our official provider Data Medica.

After the race, there will be changing rooms and showers available for the athletes at Via Carducci inside the “Appiani” Stadium - next to the finish line area in Prato della Valle - from 12:00 p.m.

Where will be held the Pasta Party ?

All marathon and half marathon participants will receive in their goody bag a voucher for the Pasta Party.

The Pasta Party will take place at the Expo Village area at Prato della Valle, on

  • Saturday April 22 2017 from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 8 pm
  • Sunday April 23 2017 from 12:00 am to 4 pm

The voucher for the Pasta Party will be distributed together with the bibs.

Where can I return MyLaps Chip?

The chip will be taken off your ankle after reaching the finish line.

Those athletes who do not finish the race or who don’t return the chip after the race must send it back by one week after the race to the following address:

Assindustria Sport Padova, Via E.P. Masini 2 - 35031 Padua - Italy.

Athletes who do not return the chip will be charged a €30 penalty.

For information about how to apply the chip, we strongly recommend athletes to follow the instructions included in the chip box.

Post-race transportation

After the race, free shuttles buses are at participants’ disposal to take them from the finish line area (Prato della Valle ) to:

  • the Euganeo Stadium: from 12: 00 am to 4.30 pm, departing every 30 minutes from Via Carducci, 100 metres away from the arrival;
  • Padua train station: from 12: 00 am to 4.30 pm, departing every 30 minutes from Via Carducci, 100 metres away from the arrival.
  • Park Guizza and Abano Terme: from 12: 00 am to 4.30 pm, departing every 30 minutes from Via Carducci, 100 metres away from the arrival;

AFTER THE RACE

Prize money list

Immediately after the race the first 3 men and women of the Top and Disable division will attend the award ceremony.

Money prizes for Italian and foreign athletes will be paid by November 30th 2017.

In order to do so, the Organization will send to the winners a form to be filled in, no later than May 30th 2017 with copy of their ID card and international bank details (Complete of IBAN CODE and BIC or SWIFT CODE).

The form must be sent back IN ORIGINAL (not copy nor fax) via regular mail to the address:

Assindustria Sport Padova, Via E. P. Masini 2 - 35131 Padua (Italy) –

Tel. 0039.049.8227114 - Fax 0039.049.8227164.

How can I download my diploma?

Each participant will be able to download the marathon diploma of Padova Marathon 2017 from the website:

www.padovamarathon.com

Practical tips

  • We recommend the use of comfortable running shoes that have been broken in and tested on long distances.
    The use of new shoes should be avoided until they have taken the shape of the arch of your foot.
  • Protect the parts of your body that may become irritated due to the repeated friction caused by running (armpits, groin, inner thighs, breasts).
  • Use large amounts of moisturising cream (preferably petroleum jelly, i.e. Vaseline) to moisturise these parts of the body.
  • For participants who will be staying at a hotel, we recommend that you remind the hotel staff of any special needs that you may have on the day of the race: an early breakfast, the possibility of leaving your baggage in their care until the end of the race, the possibility of taking a shower afterwards, etc..