The historic Castelbuono Marathon, held on 26th July every year in Castelbuono in the province of Palermo, organised by the Gruppo Atletico Polisportivo Castelbuonese, is confirmed to take place again this year.
The route winds through the heart of the historic centre of the town of Castelbuono, along a circuit that participants have to run 10 laps around for a total of 11.34 kilometres.
This “10-lap marathon”, which welcomes the participation of some of the world’s top athletes, is held in conjunction with the feast day of Sant’Anna, the patron saint of this Sicilian town, and is the oldest road race in Europe (the first edition was held on 27th July 1912).
The race starts in Piazza Margherita, in the centre of the village.
After the first 300 metres along Via Roma, at first flat and then rising into a slight ascent, the athletes must tackle the 150-metre “climb” of Via Mario Levante. This section of the route lays bare the shape of the narrow passageways.
After the slight raised area in Piazza S. Francesco, the athletes enter Via Cavour, 300 metres of slightly sloping straight road that allows them to catch their breath.
At the end of Via Cavour is the 200-metre descent along Via Vittorio Emanuele. After the right-hand corner of Piazza Matteotti, the route enters Corso Umberto I, the main street of the town, which leads the athletes to the finish line in Piazza Margherita, with its 200 metres of flat road.