The first step towards the San Francesco Marathon, scheduled for next November, is set for Sunday, November 6th, 2022. With a starting time of 9:30 AM, the first official 10.2-kilometer race will be run through the streets of Assisi and Santa Maria degli Angeli.
This event will not only be a sports event but will aim to unite running and solidarity in the name of faith.
Approximately 200 athletes from all over Italy are expected to be at the starting line on Sunday. There will also be a non-competitive walk of approximately 3 kilometers, open to families, connecting Assisi to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
The race is organized by SSD Life Running Assisi, with the patronage of the Diocese of Assisi - Gualdo Tadino - Nocera Umbra, the National Office of Leisure, Tourism and Sport of the Italian Episcopal Conference, and the city of Assisi, and in collaboration with Athletica Vaticana, the first sports association established in the Vatican City State, symbol of dialogue with the world sports community.
Athletica Vaticana will also participate in three important moments during their first official sports visit to Assisi:
At 4:00 PM, a visit to the Serafico Institute is scheduled to bring greetings from the Holy Father;
At 5:00 PM, a visit to the Memory Museum is planned, which recalls Assisi's role in helping persecuted Jews during World War II: a section is dedicated to Gino Bartali, the "spiritual captain" of Athletica Vaticana-Vatican Cycling;
At 6:00 PM, the bishop of Assisi, Mons. Domenico Sorrentino, will preside over the marathoner's mass, animated by Athletica Vaticana, at the Spogliazione Sanctuary, Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. At the end of the celebration, there will be a special moment dedicated to blessing the athletes with their bibs and the marathoner's prayer.
The SFM 10.2K will start from Via Benedetto Croce (in front of the Properzio Classical High School) and then reach Santa Maria degli Angeli, arriving at the sanctuary on Viale Patrono d'Italia. The race requires a modification of ordinary traffic for the locations affected by the race for no more than two hours: from 9:00 AM to approximately 11:00 AM. The 10.2K route will be marked with special road signage two days before the start (Friday, November 4th, 2022).