One week before the 12th edition of the Naples Marathon, there are already 328 runners who will partecipate to this event.92% of the runners come from Italy, while the other 8% are mainly from France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Belgium and Hungary. 1700 runners will take part to the other events (half marathon, 4km).
The organizers of the Naples Marathon don't expect or aim that the event becomes the first marathon in Italy, but it is sure that in the next few years this Marathon can grow significantly. All runners coming from abroad should consider to include in their travel plan this marathon. The departure and finish line will be in Piazza del Plebiscito, where the athletes will receive the medal designed by Salvatore Squillante. This medal depicts a charming postcard of Naples, with Vesuvius, the sea and Castel Ovo. According to mr. Squillante the Gulf of Naples is in line with the four elements with which the man always lives: air, fire, earth and water. The image of athletes running close to the water coming out of the Gulf, says the artist, represents the struggle and the will to live everyday in a healthy environment and in a context linked to nature.