Venice Marathon ends in ankle-deep water

Venice Marathon ends in ankle-deep water

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Venice Marathon ends in ankle-deep water

The final leg of the Venice Marathon on Sunday saw runners sloshing through ankle-deep water after a high tide left the city portion of the course flooded in what officials described as “the worst conditions ever for the event.”

A high tide known as acqua alta from the Northern Adriatic Sea resulted in waters rising 58 inches above sea level, the Daily Mail reported.

Competitors also dealt with a strong headwind and driving rain, according to the Venice Marathon press release.

Mekuant Gebre of Ethiopia won the men’s division in a time of 2:13:13. Angela Tanui of Kenya won the women’s division in 2:31:30.

“The final stretch was really tough, but I knew I had a good lead and it was trouble for everyone,” Gebre said.

From Runner’s World:

The Venice Marathon starts deep inland, almost to the city of Padua, then makes its way toward Italy’s eastern coastline. Runners leave the mainland around mile 20, making their way to Venice along the Ponte della Libertà, then wrap around the city’s southern Giudecca waterfront before finishing on the final straightaway of the Riva dei Sette Martiri.

It was only there, in the last couple miles, that the Venetian Lagoon’s overflow impeded runners. The race also said it had been forced to close St. Mark’s Square, the famous center of the city that participants loop through just before they finish, but it was unclear if that was for runners or just spectators.

One runner joked that he “should have hired a gondola.”

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At least nobody got lost this time.

In last year’s Venice Marathon, the motorcycle guiding the lead six runners took a wrong turn and led them several hundred meters in the wrong direction before being redirected to the course. They lost two minutes and it enabled an Italian, Eyob Faniel, to win the race for the first time in 22 years.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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