Leon Coppola & Martin Judge travelled to Italy to take part in this marathon. The start was located in Stra (a small country town about 25 km west of Venice) with the finish at the historic centre of Venice, on the embankment named Riva Sette Martiri. The first part of the route was along the Riviera del Brenta and then through the centre of Marghera and Mestre. The course then led into San Giuliano’s Park and into Venice via the Liberty Bridge. Once in Venice to route went through the renovated port area and next to the Giudecca Canal to Punta della Dogana, where runners crossed the Grand Canal on a pontoon bridge, especially built for the race. Finally passing by Piazza San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, the finish line was located in Riva Sette Martiri.
The Venice marathon course was basically flat and fast. But in the final part of the route (last 3k), runners faced 14 little bridges over Venice’s canals. Wooden ramps were put in place to prevent athletes from running on the steps.