The fastest 42km course in 2021 is hunting for new records.
It must beat itself. A tough but not impossible achievement for the Milano Marathon that, in 2021, with its Special Edition was the fastest marathon of the year in the world and confirmed itself as being part of the international Gotha of the 42,195km events.
The conditions for another terrific race are in place. Titus Ekiru’s exploit is still resonating. He had already won the 2019 edition and in the Special Edition 2021 he smashed the all-comers Italian marathon records sealing the best men’s time trial worldwide in 2h02’57”. Italy was missing such a primacy, since the Rome Olympic marathon in the 1960’s.
The 2022 edition was officially presented on 17th December at Palazzo Reale, an iconic place of the capital city in Lombardy. It will be the Milano Marathon number 20 and will be raced on 3rd April, on a ring course starting and finishing in the heart of the city. Organized by RCS Sports & Events – RCS Active Team, it will be back two years after its last edition, in which the best result ever in terms of participation was achieved, as it gathered 7,623 registered runners and 6,309 finishers.
Lucilla Andreucci, the Italian marathon champion, moderated the event and introduced the video-greetings by the mayor of Milano, Giuseppe Sala. Attendees: Paolo Bellino – CEO and General Manager of RCS Sports & Events; Martina Riva – the Counsellor for Sport, Tourism, and Youth Policies of the Municipality of Milano; Pier Bergonzi – Deputy Editor of La Gazzetta dello Sport; Antonio Rossi – Under Secretary of Sport, Olympics 2026 and Major events of Regione Lombardia; Andrea Trabuio – Director of Milano Marathon and Head of RCS Sports & Events Mass Events – RCS Active Team.
“The Milano Marathon is a fundamental event for the city, not only from a sporting point of view,” said Martina Riva, Councillor for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policies of the Municipality of Milan. “Its 42 km and 195 meters of ‘positive invasion’ of the city convey an important message to young people, because sport is increasingly struggling to be at the core of their leisure time and educational paths. It is also a formidable tool for sustainability and charity, making it a perfect calling card for our city.”
“One of the key words of Milan-Cortina 2026 is economic, environmental, and social sustainability,” said Antonio Rossi, Under Secretary of Sport, Olympics 2026 and Mass Events of the Lombardy Region. “For us, the Milano Marathon is therefore an extraordinary opportunity to promote our territory but also the values of sport. In the last twenty years the marathon has made an incredible journey. I was already there at the first edition, which I ran in the relay together with Alberto Tomba. What we are asking of the people of Milan today is to help us convey the Olympic atmosphere to young people and to all the foreigners who will come to Milan to run the marathon and for the 2026 Games.”
“We started the celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of the Milano Marathon in the best possible way this year, with an outstanding performance, which was what we had set out to achieve,” explained Paolo Bellino, CEO and General Manager of RCS Sports & Events. “A great technical result brings Milan and the marathon to the world. We are working to ensure that the Milano Marathon becomes more and more one of the great events of the city, and the city is responding to it: we are the second sports event in Europe for fundraising, behind the London Marathon. Our objectives remain to exceed 10,000 participants and 40,000 overall registrations in the marathon, the relay and the school marathon, and to become an event with zero CO2 emissions.”
These are the main new features of the Milano Marathon number 20:
- The course,195km-long, will be a loop with start and finish in the heart of the city (corso Venezia). The runners will also race through City Life.
- The Lenovo Relay Marathon connected with the Charity Program has been confirmed. The official course will be split in 4 sectors – each between 7 and 13km-long – and will attract the runners who wish to participate in a great sporting event and, at the same time, to support a charitable project. In 2019, there were 3,691 registered teams. The Lenovo Run Anywhere format has also been confirmed. Successfully introduced in 2021, it allows anyone to participate in the relay anywhere, without being physically present at the event. 4-runner teams will be eligible and will be able to support their preferred NPO. The courses will be traced with a dedicated app or any GPS device and will be uploaded on the event portal. (In 2019 the proceeds from the Charity Program amounted to 1.3 million euros through the Rete del Dono platform, a historical partner of the event).
- RUN GREEN Milano Marathon has been launched – the project that will make the Milano Marathon a more sustainable event and an example of focusing on the environment. The CO2 emissions produced by the event on 2nd and 3rd April will be offset with activities carried out both on the same days of the event (separate waste collection with AMSA and creation of ecological islands – upcycle of plastic material – collection of used running shoes during the Expo – plogging activities) and subsequently through the identification of solutions and projects to be implemented in other places of our planet. Working alongside RCS Sports & Events – RCS Active Team in this initiative will be the German company Climate Partner, which will issue a “carbon neutral” certification.
- The School Marathon has been confirmed for the sixth year, with its new title sponsor Levissima, and is scheduled in City Life on Saturday 2nd April, over a distance of 3 kilometers, and is dedicated to children in collaboration with OPES (Organization for Sport Education). It is enhanced by an educational project aimed at raising awareness among pupils of Milan’s primary and secondary schools about the importance of outdoor activities, which are the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and about the values of sport and the marathon. In 2019, when the last edition was organized, the event was attended by more than 13,000 young students aged between 6 and 14 along with their teachers. “Events of this magnitude are an opportunity to encourage healthy habits, not only related to sports but also to the environment – underlines Francesca Rebba, Senior Brand Manager of Levissima –raising awareness about proper recycling among young and old. Such are the key values of our Regeneration program whereby we are committed to the creation of a world in which resources are shared and used responsibly to produce a positive impact on the environment together”.
- The new jerseys designed by ASICS, new Technical Partner of the Milano Marathon, have been presented. The footwear and sportswear Japanese brand have signed a multi-year contract that binds them to the event until 2024. It is not the first time for this great company, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and market leader; they had already been Partner of the event for four consecutive editions, starting from 2005.
- Alongside the Milano Marathon, as always, is La Gazzetta dello Sport, which has expanded its editorial offer by creating La Gazzetta Active vertical web for active sport. It offers daily in-depth analysis and news for running enthusiasts and others.
- Registration for the marathon is already open here
“There are about 15 weeks to go, so it’s time to start training,” is the advice of Stefano Baldini, Olympic marathon champion and long-time ASICS testimonial. “Running 42.195 kilometers all at once is a dream, but being able to do it in a relay, like at the Milano Marathon, is an opportunity to seize. Fast marathons never happen by chance, we need cities that are welcoming to sport. Milan is a city that has changed a great deal to become, in recent years, one of the queens of the marathon. To run in record time, the best run at well over 20 kph. At ASICS we try to offer the best technology, but it is always the athlete’s feet that makes the difference.”
“After Berlin and London, Milan is the third city in the world with a time below 2h03′ and the second marathon in the world in the ranking of the World Athletics Federation,” explained Andrea Trabuio, Director of the Milano Marathon. “But this is just one of the excellences of the Milano Marathon that, on the one hand, wants to confirm itself as a top international sporting event and, on the other, is a very inclusive event that makes fundraising one of its strengths and tries to involve the whole city.”
The Partners in 2022
The Municipality of Milan and Regione Lombardia are the institutional Partners of the sporting event. Lenovo is once again the Title Sponsor of the Relay Marathon (and Anywhere, i.e. its extension). ASICS is the Technical Sponsor until 2024, Levissima the Official Mineral Water and Title Sponsor of the School Marathon. Official Car is Toyota.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, with Gazzetta Active, is linked to the sports event as Special Media Partner for the second year in a row.
Other operating partners are: getpica.com – the technological platform for a real-time and privacy-respecting distribution of personal photographic content to the athletes who will participate in the 2022 Milan Marathon – and BUSFORFUN with the FlexyMob digital platform.