I’m your biggest fan. You know, that gleeful gal clapping on the sidelines, whistling, howling and shouting inspirational cheers to put a little spring into your step no matter what the sporting event is– that’s me. I’ve cheered football divas, infamous bicyclists, equestrian policemen, synchronized divers, vintage cars and very cute rugby stars. If you’re going to sweat publically and want some acknowledgement, I’m your girl– which may explain why I’ve been asking who will be in Rome this coming Sunay.
March 20 is 17th annual Rome Marathon, unbiasedly the prettiest of all international marathons as runners course their way through Roman history from the Repubblican age, through empires, barbarian sacks, papal regimes and 20th century tyrannies to the present. Visitors to Rome, get your walking shoes ready. Transportation is sidelined for most of Sunday. The course, whether running or walking alongside, is one of the very best and scenic tours of Rome. It all begins at the start of Roman history, on Via dei Fori Imperiali by the Roman Forum, heads south for some papal recognition at the Basilica of St. Paul, back up the Tiber around a 1st century BC pyramid toward Vatican City for a blessing, around the Stadio Olimpico and Foro Italico, heads back down the Tiber river to circumnavigate through the historic center and finally past the Colosseum to via dei Fori Imperiali.
Runners, look up at KM30. You’ll be passing by my house and this year I am planning on not losing my voice (and my apartment) while shouting from the balcony. Instead, we — I have a mini-sized team of cheery girls all under 10 years old– will be hanging an artfully decorated banner to inspire and celebrate your run through Rome. If you’re interested in being famously included with Gretchen, David and Doctor Flex the Dancefloor Renegade (yes, that is his name), please leave a detailed comment. Welcome to Rome.