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9 questions to discover a marathon : Marathon Coast To Coast

22 Oct 2009 06:27
Jean-Loup Fenaux

Marathon Coast to coast - Napoli Nord Marathons
Alessandro di Maio acted as the representative of the Napoli Nord Marathon association to present the new marathon they organize in Campania, Italy.

The team counts over 150 members and nearly all of them are Marathon lovers (many of them have run over a 100 marathons !). They consider themselves as both amateurs and good athletes.

’We are a team, we run against ourselves for a collective victory; we are a family, we love Marathons, we are Napoli Nord Marathon! ’

Hello, on December 27th, you’ll be organizing the Maratona Coast To Coast . Can you tell us where it is located?

It’s located in Italy, on the famous ‘Costiera’ road, between Sorrento and Amalfi.


This will be the inaugural edition of the race. Why was it created?

Because of the beauty of those places many people enjoy driving cars and motorbikes on the windy mountain road overlooking the sea. Many people go cycling there too. It is also full of tourists in the summer, but not many people go there in the winter, so we figured it would be perfect for a winter Marathon and a holiday at the same time.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

The route we chose is highly challenging: the road runs along a rugged coastline, with many ups and downs. We couldn’t imagine a more thrilling and rewarding route, you’ll never forget it. Not ideal, perhaps, for doing your best time, it is not a ‘fast’ marathon, but excellent for preparing your next 42km or any other race.

Road from Amalfi to Ravello
Credit : jimmyharris

How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

Our team is well-known over Italy, so we’ll be able to attract runners from region Campania and Italy in general. Many of us run marathons around Europe (Budapest, Barcelona, Lathi, Berlin, London etc.), someone like pace-maker, so we hope to attract foreigners too!

We aim to attract runners interested in discovering the beauties of our country within an atmosphere of friendship and fellowship that always comes from running together.

It will not be a mass Marathon: we would be very happy to have 1000 participants.

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?

We organize a 10km race on the 26th of December in Positano, along the marathon’s route

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

Temperature should be around 10°C (50°F) if not more. It doesn’t rain very often, so on a sunny day the climate would be just perfect. Maybe just a little windy.

Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

Most people are on holiday between Xmas and the new Year…and most athletes spend their vacation running….

The marathon finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Maiori before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

The whole area is renowned for food and good restaurant. we wouldn’t know which one to pick, there are too many.

We would advise visiting Ravello, a small town perched on the mountains, famous for its renaissance villas like Villa Cimbri; the auditorium, temple of Opera designed by Renzo Piano, all overlooking Amalfi and Salerno; home of famous artists like Andy Warhol and Gore Vidal.

Vietri is famous for its production of ceramics, Positano for its clothes, Agerola for its cheeses, Montepertuso, the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (‘Gods’ pathway’), a panoramic trek from Agerola all the way down to the sea. There will be conventions with Hotels, see for more information.

Credit : Allerina & Glen MacLarty

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Maratona Coast To Coast?

Come and discover Italy through running, free of charge, as we will pay for your enrollment fee if you make it in 6 hours.

Thank you Alessandro
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