PRACTICAL INFO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
MARATHON ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION

BEFORE THE SUBSCRIPTION

Can I participate? Check your category…
Less than 20 years old

Unfortunately in this case, it is not possible to run the marathon.

Italian or foreign athlete, residing in Italy, 20 years old and over

In order to participate you must either:

  • have a FIDAL (Italian Athletics Federation of Athletics) license;
  • be in possession of a Runcard* (that’s a multiservice card issued by FIDAL) and submit a medical certificate of eligibility for participating in a competitive athletics event.

Your license or your medical certificate (which must have been issued in Italy) will have to be valid the day of the race.

*Learn more about Runcard at on the official website. You’ll be able to purchase the Runcard directly during the marathon subscription.

Foreign athlete, residing abroad, 20 years old and over

In order to participate you must be:

  • licensed for a Federation of Athletics affiliated to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). You can search the Federation in your country here.

Your licence will have to be valid for 2018.

Alternatively, you can participate by:

  • submitting a medical certificate issued abroad in accordance with the rules on health protection in competitive sports in force in Italy; please download the template of medical certificate to be used from this link.

In this case you will be asked to pay an additional fee of 10 Euros to cover the administrative costs for medical certification verification and for the compulsory insurance, which is necessary because you are not covered by the insurance of the Athletics Federation of your country.

Italian athlete, residing abroad, 20 years old and over

In order to participate you must either:

  • have a FIDAL (Italian Athletics Federation of Athletics) license;
  • have a license issued by a Federation of Athletics affiliated to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations); you can search the Federation in your country here;
  • be in possession of a Runcard* (that’s a multiservice card issued by FIDAL) and submit a medical certificate of eligibility for participating in a competitive athletics event.

Your license or your medical certificate (which must have been issued in Italy) will have to be valid the day of the race.

*Learn more about Runcard at on the official website. You’ll be able to purchase the Runcard directly during the marathon subscription.

ABOUT THE SUBSCRIPTION

May I register the day of the race?
No, registrations will close on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Registrations will not be accepted after that deadline. However, the organizer reserves the right to close registrations before the deadline or to accept entries after the deadline.
May I pay the registration fee when I pick up my bib number?
No, you have to pay in accordance with the payment procedures provided. Registrations without entry fee payment will not be accepted.
May I register even if I haven’t got a license or a Runcard or the medical certificate yet?
Yes, you can register by selecting the appropriate option during the registration process. As soon as possible, you will have to update your registration, modifying it according to the instructions contained in the e-mail confirmation that was sent to you once the registration was completed.
May I register even if I haven’t renewed my FIDAL license yet?
Yes, of course you can, just enter your license data even if they're not valid. However, in order to participate you will need to renew your license for the year 2018, otherwise we will not be able to deliver the bib number.
How can I check if my registration was successful?
The online registration website automatically sends an e-mail confirming the registration when the payment is validated. An online tool will soon be available to check the status of your registration.
If I can’t participate, can I get a refund of the registration fee?

During the registration process you will be given the chance to purchase an insurance, at the cost of just 10 Euros, which will allow you to obtain the refund of the entry fee in case of cancellation of your participation for any reason.

If the cancellation will be announced by February 8, 2018 the registration fee will be refunded 100%, otherwise 75%. The refund will be made within two months following the event.

Note: you don't need to prove yor impossibility to participate (eg by submitting a medical certificate), but the reimbursement request must be submitted through a specific on-line form.

The following costs are not refundable: the cost of the insurance (10 Euros), the cost of online registration service (3 Euros) and the transaction costs (variable depending on the chosen payment system).

THE WEEK BEFORE THE RACE

The marathon confirmation letter

A few days before the race, all athletes enrolled will receive an e-mail valid as official "letter of confirmation".

This email will contain all the basic instructions for the bib number pick-up and race participation. You do not need to print a hard copy of the email itself; you can bring it on a device like a smartphone or tablet.

Where can I pick-up my bib number? At the Marathon Village!

You can pick up the bib number (and the goody bag) at the Marathon Village on:

  • Friday, April 6 from 10:00 till 20:00
  • Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 till 19:00.

The Marathon Village will be located inside Milan’s MiCo LAB, with access from Piazzale Carlo Magno (Gate 17). The nearest subway station (Domodossola, on the purple line M5) is 600 meters from the village.

What documents do I need to pick-up the bib number?

To pick-up your bib number you will need to submit the following documents:

  • a valid ID card
  • documents confirming your Athletics Club membership or Runcard and medical certificate (in case these documents had not yet been provided)
  • a letter of confirmation (on your smartphone or tablet)

The race numbers and goody bags can be collected by a third person, who must submit a specific authorization form signed by you and a valid ID card.

Can I pick-up the bib number on race day?

No, but you can request the shipment of the bib number. The service will only cost 10 € and can be requested through a specific procedure (available from March 1st).

The shipment will be made exclusively in Italy. If you are not resident in Italy, you may want to request the delivery of the bib number at the hotel where you'll be staying, warning them beforehand.

In this case, the bag for your clothes will be sent you along with the bib number, while the goody bag can be collected in person after the marathon, in the technical area inside the Montanelli Gardens.

THE GREAT DAY

Getting to the start

BY SUBWAY. This is the system that we recommend: using the metro you’ll help the Milan Marathon to be more eco-friendly! The closest stops to the start are:

  • SAN BABILA and PORTA VENEZIA on line M1 (red)
  • REPUBBLICA, TURATI and MONTENAPOLEONE on line M3 (yellow)

The PALESTRO stop of the M1 line (red) will not be usable, as it will remain closed for security reasons.

BY TRAIN (S-LINES). Even with these trains you can get close to the start area in a cheap and easy way. The train stop is PORTA VENEZIA, on the following s-lines:

  • line S1 (Saronno – Milano – Lodi)
  • line S2 (Mariano Comense – Milano – Milan Rogoredo)
  • line S5 (Varese – Milano – Treviglio)
  • line S6 (Novara – Milano – Treviglio)
  • line S13 (Pavia – Milano Bovisa)

BY TRAIN. From MILANO CENTRALE station you can reach the start area on foot in about 20 minutes (follow Via Vittor Pisani, Piazza della Repubblica, Via Turati and Via Palestro). Alternatively, you can use the subway (yellow line M3) to one of the stops indicated above.

BY CAR. You definitely don’t want to reach the start area by car. If you can’t do without car, we suggest that you use the car parks available at numerous metro stations, which offer daily discount rates daily. You can find more information on the ATM website, here.

How to submit the bag with your personal clothes

You can only use the special transparent bag that you will receive together with the bib number. No other bags will be accepted! Do not forget to identify the bag with the appropriate label stating your race number. After arrival, you can pick up the bag while exhibiting the bib number. Please remember that the bag must contain only the personal clothes that you will need after the race. We suggest that you do not leave any object of value in the bag: the organization will not be held liable for loss or theft of such objects.

Safety procedures

In compliance with the provisions of the official communicate by the Ministry of the Interior NR. 555/0P/0001991/2017/1 (so-called "Circolare Gabrielli") special safety procedures will be implemented. In particular:

  • every marathon runner will have to choose, together with the collection of the bib number, the gate (1-4) through which to access the Montanelli Gardens, where the start/finish technical is located;
  • access to the Montanelli Gardens will have to take place through the gate selected from 7:00 am onwards;
  • the marathon runners must show their bib number to access;
  • the organization does not guarantee access to the starting sectors in time for the athletes who will present themselves at the gate after 7:45 am;
  • it will not be allowed to bring inside the Montanelli Gardens any container (bag, backpack, etc.) other than the transparent bag provided by the organization (and marked with the appropriate label with your bib number), inside of which the single articles must be inserted in bulk, to allow an accurate and fast control by the security personnel.
Start procedure

Access to the start corrals will be possible from 8:00 until 8:55. Latecomers will have to start from the back of the group. The entrances to the “corrals” will be manned by volunteers who will check your race number to verify that you are entering the start corral that has been assigned to you. The start of the EA7 Milano Marathon 2018 will be given at 9:00 am.

The course

The Milano Marathon’s course is a loop route, with start and finish in Corso Venezia, and minimal elevation changes. The course has been measured and approved at national and international level by official FIDAL and IAAF/AIMS measurers. Every kilometer is signalled with appropriate signage at the side of the road.

We remind you that the trajectory used for the measurement corresponds to the minimum distance travelled. It is virtually impossible that you can follow the same trajectory in the race, for which it is normal that your GPS watch records a distance travelled superior to 42.195 km even by several hundred meters.

Timekeeping

Timing Data Service (TDS) will time your race from the moment you will pass under the starting gate: in this way, even if you will start from one of the last corrals, you will have the information about your net time. Along the course, TDS will take your time at 10 km, at the half marathon (km 21.097) and at 30 km. And of course at the finish… Even if we will provide you the net time, please remember that according to the official rules, rankings will be based on the “gun time”, that is the time calculated from the starter’s gunshot.

Time limits

The time limit to finish the marathon is 6h30'. There will also be two intermediate "gates": at the 23,5 km mark, after 3h40’ from the start (approximately at 12:40 pm) and at the 30th km mark, after 4h40’ from the start (approximately at 1:40 pm). If, unfortunately, you will not be able to pass the gates in time, you may be invited to board the buses for withdrawn athletes, or at least to continue running on the sidewalk and not on the road.

We all know that it’s very unpleasant to be asked to quit the marathon, but please remember that our staff will do that, if necessary, to ensure your safety. After the times indicated above, in fact, the streets will gradually be re-opened to car traffic, according to the race authorisation issued by the Municipality.

Refreshment and sponging stations

Refreshment stations are located at every 5 kilometres along the route and at the finish line. In every refreshment you will find water, sport drink, fruit and biscuits. An advice: don’t wait to be hungry or thirsty to eat or drink something, but try to take something at every refreshment, in this way you will reduce the possibilities to see your body going in crisis.

Celiac disease is a permanent intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat (spelled and khorasan wheat, commonly called kamut), rye, barley, oats or their hybridized strains and products. For intolerant people, AIC Lombardia offers a dedicated service with 3 gluten-free refreshment points at km 20, km 30 and at the finish.

Every five kilometers (from km 7.5) you will also find sponging stations with water tanks in which you can soak your personal sponges (you will find 2 sponges inside the goody bag and more sponges will be available in the pre-start area) to cool you off. A small effort on your part will help us to reduce the environmental impact of the marathon in a meaningful way. After all, the view of thousands of sponges used and immediately cast on the ground is certainly not pleasant to see!

Pacers

Different groups of pacers will help marathon runners to maintain a constant pace and get to the finish line in the time established in advance. The pacers will be easily recognizable by their clothing an by colored balloons.

The pacers will be available for the following final times: 3h00’ | 3h10’ | 3h20’ | 3h30’ | 3h40’ | 3h50’ | 4h00’ | 4h15’ | 4h30’ | 4h45’ | 5h00’ | 5h30’ | 6h00’. Choose the group most suited to your needs.

The target times are "official times" (i.e. from the starting gunshot) and any delay at the start will be recovered in the first half of the race.

Transport service for withdrawn athletes

Athletes with an injury or who want to leave the race can get on the “sweep bus” following the last runner to reach the next collection point (km 11 - km 23.5 - km 30). From there they will be transported to the finish area, where they can reclaim their bags and return their chips.

Athletes who are able to walk can reach the nearest collection point. Transportation to the finish area will start from the three collection points, respectively, at: 11:30 – 13:15 – 14:15.

Medical service

An adequate medical service will be guaranteed along the course, including fixed locations and emergency vehicles. BSO srl, partner of Europ Assistance, will manage the medical service for the marathon. The operational procedures include the presence on the whole course of ambulances, medical cars, medical squads on foot, points of first intervention with health professionals at each relay change zone and a “Health Citadel” in Corso Venezia on a surface of more than 400sqm capable of delivering highly specialized assistance. The technological equipment available includes ultrasound devices, equipment for blood tests and devices for telemedicine, which will enable a continuous exchange of information between the field rescuers, the “health citadel” and intensive care units involved. It will also be present an ECMOteam with two machines for the extracorporeal support made available by Prof. Alberto Zangrillo, Primary of anaesthesiology and reanimation of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.

AFTER THE RACE

What happens at the end of the race?

A few meters after the finish line, you will be channeled into special lines along which these operations will take place.

  • finisher’s medal delivery
  • removal of the chip from the bib numbeR
  • isotermic blanket delivery

Going on, you will find the medical area and then the refreshment point. Now, collect the bag with your personal belongings and, finally, reach the changing rooms, massage area and toilets.

Where can I find the results?

Intermediate and final rankings will be available in real time on www.tds-live.com website. A direct link to the page rankings will be published on the homepage of www.milanomarathon.it.

From the rankings page you will be able to download the finisher's certificate in PDF format.