inhabitants seem to enjoy facing their own history; their ancestors
came to this territory long ago. Then they had to defend themselves and
incorporate to Visigoths, Huns and Longobards, whereas nowadays they are
renowned for a marathon held every year in September. Many people from all
over the world take part in this marathon.
The Piceno Marathon is both a
national and international competition associated to the Valtenna Walking.
Though maintaining the typical features of a local competition, it has
consolidated to the extent to which its results are valid for the
participation to the Regional Championship for Senior-Master Amateurs.
The competition takes place on a
42,195 km route, which passes through the charming Tenna valleys.
Participants and spectators both enjoy a beautiful and changing landscape,
ranging from slopes to small hamlets, the competition is a good way to
know an unsullied area in the Marches.
Leaving hills and shady plateaus,
athletes (both women and men, novices and members of clubs) may smell the
scent of the sea, as they approach the coast. Then they run back to where
the competition started, and are welcomed by enthusiastic spectators.
The competition takes place abiding
by the rules established by sports federations and is assisted by an
efficient service to help athletes in trouble, as well as control and
refreshment points. Close to the finish line the village nature of
the marathon is visible; the prize giving rewards both the winners and
many participants, thanks to several food prizes.
Indeed, upon registration each
competitor gets a bottle of wine, and all those who complete the marathon
can enjoy a Sixtus massage and a sports item.
The most numerous regional and
out-of-the-region groups receive wine and hams, food and wine are also
given as a present to those coming from the farthest towns.
The Piceno Marathon has
managed to maintain traditions while becoming famous among regional
marathons, confirming the typical features of the Marches’ inhabitants,
a frank and hospitable people.
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