The Ecomaratona del Chianti is a trail marathon in the splendid landscape of Tuscany. A 10 km walk and a 18 km race will take place as well for runners who would like to enjoy the local food and wine over the weekend.
The trail marathon (just 2kms on a road) starts from the square of Castelnuovo Beradenga and continues into the Chianti hills and vineyards until you reach Campi. Then back to Castelnuovo Beradenga on a different route. Need a bed? You can stay in one of the many agriturismo nearby or sleep in Siena (check Apt Siena, www.terresiena.it), only 15km away.
The 2011 edition will be on Sunday, October 16th. The race must be completed in less than 8 hours.
October is a great season to run in Tuscany (10-18°C) and the trail is not too technical: the Ecomaratona del Chianti offers wonderful views on the Chianti hills, crossing beautiful medieval villages like Monteaperti, Montegiachi, Poggiobonelli, Calcinaia, Pagliarese and San Gusm. An autumn weekend to enjoy trail running, historical towns, a stroll in Piazza del Campo in Siena and (as the name of the race suggests) some great local wines.