Maratona di Sant'Antonio

The Maratona di Sant'Antonio (also known as the Maratona S. Antonio and Padua Marathon) is an annual road running competition which takes place in April in Padua, Italy. The event features a full marathon race (42.195 km), a half marathon, and a range of shorter fun run events for amateurs.[1] The competition is named in honour of Anthony of Padua, a 13th-century saint who died in the city.

Maratona di Sant'Antonio
Prato della valle padova.jpg
Prato della Valle, Padua's central square, is the race end point.
LocationPadua, Italy
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, Half marathon
Course recordsMen's: 2:09:02 (2011)
Ethiopia Tadese Tolesa
Women's: 2:29:18 (2018)
Ethiopia Waganesh Mekasha
Official sitePadova Marathon
Participants1,147 finishers (2021)
1,244 (2019)


The first marathon held in the area was the Vedelago Marathon, which was a national level race organised by the Gruppo Atletica Vedelago between 1988 and 1999. Another group, Assindustria Sport Padova, took over management of the marathon in 2000 and the race became an international one. Its route was also changed, with the start point remaining in the comune of Vedelago and the finish point being moved to Padua.[2][3] A new course was introduced for the 2011 edition, which began in Campodarsego and found its end point in Padua's large city square – the Prato della Valle.[4]

The marathon race has incorporated the Italian Championship in the event, hosting the national title event in 2005 and 2006.[5][6] The event has also included a hand bike race for disabled athletes and former race-car driver Alex Zanardi won the 2011 competition. A total of 3384 runners finished the half marathon and marathon at that year's event, which was broadcast on television domestically via Rai Sport 2.[7]

The success of African runners at the marathon drew the ire of Pietro Giovannoni, a local politician and Lega Nord member, who said public funds should not be used to support a race won by foreigners. The city's deputy mayor Ivo Rossi condemned the comments, saying they were idiotic and damaging to the region's image.[8]

Past winnersEdit

Vedelago Marathon eraEdit

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1988   Paolo Ravaglia (ITA) 2:36:46   Luigia Casagrande (ITA) 3:18:14
2nd 1989   Paolo Ravaglia (ITA) 2:35:39   Laura Zanini (ITA) 3:21:41
3rd 1990   Maurizio Zanfavero (ITA) 2:31:41   Luigia Casagrande (ITA) 3:30:38
4th 1991   Oddone Tubia (ITA) 2:26:43   Laura Zanini (ITA) 3:17:17
5th 1992   Luigi Albertini (ITA) 2:31:17   Maria Rita Zanaboni (ITA) 3:15:20
6th 1993   Oddone Tubia (ITA) 2:32:39   Loretta Mocellin (ITA) 3:26:58
7th 1994   Silvano Gambarotto (ITA) 2:23:55   Monica Casiraghi (ITA) 3:14:22
8th 1995   Diego Paioni (ITA) 2:25:14   Maria Forza (ITA) 3:02:17
9th 1996   Silvano Gambarotto (ITA) 2:21:27   Danila Moras (ITA) 3:03:03
10th 1997   Massimiliano Bogdanich (ITA) 2:22:50   Anna Boniolo (ITA) 2:53:52
11th 1998   Silvano Gambarotto (ITA) 2:24:10   Anna Boniolo (ITA) 2:59:03
12th 1999   Giorgio Calcaterra (ITA) 2:19:26   Anna Boniolo (ITA) 3:00:45

Maratona di Sant'Antonio eraEdit


Key:   Course record   Country's championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2000   Migidio Bourifa (ITA) 2:13:55   Franca Fiacconi (ITA) 2:30:20
2nd 2001   Gideon Chirchir (KEN) 2:11:51.8   Rosaria Console (ITA) 2:30:54.4
3rd 2002   Douglas Rono (KEN) 2:11:01   Giovanna Volpato (ITA) 2:37:23
4th 2003   Dawit Terefa (ETH) 2:10:37.7   Marcella Mancini (ITA) 2:36:14.0
5th 2004   Benjamin Korir (KEN) 2:10:43.5   Tiziana Alagia (ITA) 2:32:02.6
6th 2005   Paul Lokira (KEN) 2:11:24.3   Ivana Iozzia (ITA) 2:35:54.4
7th 2006   Ruggero Pertile (ITA) 2:11:17.8   Marcella Mancini (ITA) 2:34:51.8
8th 2007   Paul Kogo (KEN) 2:10:38.8   Vincenza Sicari (ITA) 2:30:34.7
9th 2008   Francis Kirwa (KEN) 2:11:00.6   Marcella Mancini (ITA) 2:35:24.1
10th 2009   Ben Kipruto (KEN) 2:09:42   Woynishet Girma (ETH) 2:31:03
11th 2010   Gilbert Chepkwony (KEN) 2:10:46   Nguriatukei Kiyara (KEN) 2:30:19
12th 2011   Tadese Tolesa (ETH) 2:09:02   Florence Chepsoi (KEN) 2:29:25
13th 2012   Robert Kwambai (KEN) 2:09:14   Marily dos Santos (BRA) 2:31:55
14th 2013   Paulo Roberto Paula (BRA) 2:13:00   Hanane Janat (MAR) 2:36:18
15th 2014   Pharis Kimani (KEN) 2:12:03   Fatna Maraoui (ITA) 2:36:32
16th 2015   Robert Kipkemboi (KEN) 2:09:32   Nancy Githaiga (KEN) 2:41:28
17th 2016   Ruggero Pertile (ITA) 2:12:16   Federica Dal Ri (ITA) 2:37:04
18th 2017   Michael Kunyuga (KEN) 2:10:43   Fatna Maraoui (ITA) 2:32:52
19th 2018   Mogos Shumay (ERI) 2:12:23   Waganesh Mekasha (ETH) 2:29:18
20th 2019   Samuel Lomoi (KEN) 2:12:20   Ayantu Abera (ETH) 2:29:30

Half marathonEdit

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
21st 2021   Victor Kipchirchir (KEN) 59:19   Rahma Tusa (ETH) 1:09:06


Multiple winners
  • Marcella Mancini (2003, 2006 and 2008 winner) is the only athlete to have won the race on multiple occasions
Winners by country
Country Men's race Women's race Total
  Kenya 12 3 15
  Italy 3 12 15
  Ethiopia 2 2 4
  Brazil 1 1 2
  Eritrea 1 0 1
  Morocco 0 1 1
  • Note: Statistics are for Maratona di Sant'Antonio era only


  1. ^ Le Stracittadine (in Italian). Maratona Sant' Antonio. Retrieved on 2011-04-22.
  2. ^ Franco Civai et al (2011-04-21). Sant' Antonio Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-22.
  3. ^ La Maratona (in Italian). Maratona Sant' Antonio. Retrieved on 2011-04-22.
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-04-17). Tadese and Chepsoi cruise to PB victories at Padua Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-22.
  5. ^ Sampaoli, Diego (2006-04-23). Pertile and Mancini take Italian titles in a warm Padua Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-22.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2005-04-24). Lokira wins Padua Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-22.
  7. ^ Maratona, a Padova percorso da record Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera (2011-04-17). Retrieved on 2011-04-22.
  8. ^ Kington, Tom (2010-12-05). Padua councillor calls for scrapping of funds for marathon 'Africans always win'. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2013-02-23.
List of winners

External linksEdit