Via Francigena

Siena, the World Francigena Ultramarathon postponed to 27th and 28th October

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The World Francigena Ultramarathon will now take place on 27th and 28th October. The event has been postponed for a week compared to the initial date (20-21 October) due to the extraordinary Palio of the city of Siena.

Considering the police and voluntary associations of both health and civil protection will be engaged in safety at the Palio, failing the necessary guarantees of safety of the route, the organisation of the World Francigena Ultramarathon walk has decided to officially postpone the event to 27th-28th October 2018” explain the organisers of the marathon on Facebook.

An unexpected change of programme won’t stop the Ultramarathon Walk. Registration remains open until 15th October. “It’s time to support the event – says Sergio Pieri, head of the Sports and Tourism Office of Acquapendente – Despite everything, the marathon is still a great event. We risked cancelling the event so we decided to postpone it and restart organisation. We know that many people were prepared for the previous date and we regret the unexpected turn of events. We hope that the Sienese and lovers of the marathon in the area will join the walk“.

The World Francigena Ultramarathon is the first European ultramarathon at a trekking and Nordic walking pace along Sigeric’s ancient route from Siena to Acquapendente. The ultramarathon, reserved exclusively for walkers, includes:

  • A non-stop route, 120km from Siena to Acquapendente,
  • A 32km route from Siena to Buonconvento,
  • A night-time route, 65km from San Quirico d’Orcia to Acquapendente,
  • A 32km route from Radicofani to Acquapendente.

The event, promoted nationally and internationally, aims to raise awareness of a territory rich in natural and artistic beauty that make up the historical, cultural and environmental heritage of the municipalities participating in the initiative. The event has been organised by the Department of Sports and Tourism of the City of Acquapendente and the Department of Tourism of Siena, with support from the European Association of Via Francigena Ways, and with the collaboration of the Municipalities of Siena, Monteroni D’Arbia, Buonconvento, Montalcino, San Quirico D’Orcia, Castiglione D’Orcia, Radicofani and San Casciano dei Bagni.

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