Translation by Ilaria Lanzoni
The record number of 10,180 participants achieved in the 2009 edition is likely to be beaten soon, or it might even have already been beaten in these hours. More than 10,000 runners have officially registered for the Florence Marathon this year, making this edition likely to hold a new record. In Italy, the Florence Marathon is only second to Rome for the number of participants.
The first edition of the Florence Marathon, held in 1984, had 900 runners. This shows that a lot has been done during the years to ensure the success of the event, which has become ever more important, renowned and appreciated. Similarly to other international marathons, the Florence Marathon sees the active participation of the whole city in the event. It is clear that the organisation cannot afford to make mistakes. That is why they worked particularly hard to guarantee an excellent security service along the whole course, developing a detailed plan to combine the marathon course and the traffic regulations in a winning formula. Excellent work has been carried out by Florence Deputy Mayor and Sports Committee Chairman Dario Nardella, together with Chief Police Officer Massimo Ancillotti and officers from the City Council Transport Committee. The security personnel will work carefully and effectively to ensure that the marathon goes on smoothly and to guarantee the safety of the runners.
On Sunday 28 November, when the marathon takes place, 180 policemen will secure the course together with 1,700 volunteers from different sport societies in Florence. This year the start line has been moved to Viale Michelangelo to conform to the international regulations, which require a maximum height difference of 40m for the results to be valid.
Nine days before the event, almost everything is ready for a new edition of the Florence Marathon, which seems likely to break new records.