la Gazzetta di Parma", there were more than 2100 participants to the Verdi Marathon, departing this morning in Salsomaggiore, Parma, Viale Matteotti. It is now the 13th edition and along with the marathon there are 4 additional events, 5km, 10km and 21.097km. All races will be open by Orzinuovi riflemen, who will run some routes alongside the athletes and perform songs from Verdi's Aida and Nabucco.
All events are dedicated to the Giuseppe Verdi, who was one of the most influential composer in the 19th century and was born in 1813 in Busseto, a village close to the arrival of the marathon. The marathon is characterized for its elevation loss (from 500ft to 100 ft), mainly in the first half of the marathon, where the runners are confronted with a long descent till the arrival in Busseto.