Festa dello Sport at 15:30 | at 16:30 Non-Competitive Mile | at 17:30 Competitive Mile | at 18:30 Telethon Relay Race | 20 Top Athletes | Prize Giving Ceremony
At 15:30 - Children from athletics clubs will start the event with some relay races down the mile. Each team will consist of 4 children each having to run 400 metres
The participants in the race, grouped into teams of 8 will be next to start. Each runner can form a team of friends to run with or join one of the other teams. There will also be special teams dedicated to the initiatives created by Sponsors of the event
At 17:30 – As soon as the non-competitive race has finished, the heats of the official categories recognized by FIDAL will start.
AT 18:30 - In the days leading up to the event there will be some auctions to support fundraising for Telethon research. The winners will have the opportunity to run the Mile in a relay team with some famous sports and entertainment personalities
At 20:00 – Some of the best athletes in the world will compete in the Mile to try to beat the men’s world record (set in Rome in 1999 by the Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj: 3:43.13) and the women’s world record (set by the Russian Svetlana Masterkova in Zurich in 1996: 4:12.56)
Piazza del Popolo| Piazza Venezia
413ª della Corsa dei Berberi
Competitive Non Competitive VIP
Li antichi miei e io nacqui nel loco dove si truova pria l'ultimo sesto da quel che corre il nostro annual gioco.
The Race of the Barberi horses was a race and festival in various cities, including Rome, Florence, Padua, Chieti, Pistoia (today the Giostra dell’orso) and a version still takes place today in Ronciglione. The carnival in Rome was already based on a long tradition of tournaments and races when in 1462, after the election of Pope Paul II, Via del Corso, then known as Via Lata, was especially built for races. The main event in the carnival was the race of the Barberi horses. The “shaken” horses were gathered around the obelisk in Piazza del Popolo next to which stands were erected so that the richest and most powerful people in the city could watch the start of the race at close hand. Other people would rent spaces along the Via Lata to watch the race. The balconies overlooking the street were crowded with people who threw flowers and confetti at the new arrivals, adorned with ribbons and brocade.
In the moments before the start, the horses were held by their “barbareschi” (stable hands), which was no easy task as the animals were agitated by little spikes that were inserted into balls of tar and stuck to their backs. When the starter’s gun fired, everyone knew the race was on. The horses galloped down Via del Corso to Piazza Venezia, where a large drape hanging across the road marked the finish line. The arrival and the “capture” of the terrified horses, which were far from willing to be stopped by the barbareschi, are remembered as extremely spectacular moments for the crowd that was hungry for excitement. Many nobles, members of royal families, artists and travellers flocked to Rome for the race as is attested by the many written accounts and drawings that have been passed down to us. However, in 1874, Vittorio Emanuele II decided to abolish the event, marking the beginning of the decline of the carnival of Rome.