Rome Half Marathon
Peace, integration, inclusion, solidarity: these are the guiding principles inspiring the “Rome Half Marathon VIA PACIS.”
The inaugural event takes place on Sunday, September 17, with the start in Piazza San Pietro at 9 am. Anyone can take part and join in spreading the message: “No to violence, No to racism, No to discrimination.”
Running along the roads of the Italian capital, the event will include a variety of participants: women, men, families, the young, the elderly, children, refugees, athletes, people with disabilities, each one of them carrying a message of peace.
Taking inspiration from the pilgrimage of the seven churches, the “via pacis” will create an ideal connection between Rome’s emblematic places of worship. Among the different places on the route are those of different religions: St. Peter’s, the Synagogue, the Mosque, Protestant and Orthodox churches.
There will be two different races: a competitive half-mile (21.097 km) and a 5 km non-competitive run. The event is promoted by Roma Capitale and the Pontifical Council for Culture, in collaboration with FIDAL – Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera – and with the patronage of CONI and the Italian paralympic committee.
The organizers of Rome Half Marathon Via Pacis fully endorsed the Sport at the Service of Humanity Declaration of Principles and have adopted them as the leading theme of the event. Sport at the Service of Humanity will receive a high-profile position throughout the event, with the 6 Principles being read by six athletes on the starting line and as a prayer before the Marathon begins. Branded race materials, such as shoe tags, will create a connection between each runner and the Principles, and the Marathon Village will be branded with totems and videos.
To participate and for further info, please visit www.romahalfmarathon.org