Jesolo, Caorle and Eraclea are getting ready to welcome thousands of athletes from all over the continent. Today, Monday January, 28th the countdown indicates that there are 220 days to go before the European Master Championships in Athletics, scheduled in the three cities on the Venetian coast from September 5th to 15th, 2019.
The event, organized under the aegis of the EMA (European Master Athletics) and now at its 21st edition, with only seven months to go, the countdown has already started.
The forecasts produce impressive numbers: 51 participating nations; over 12 thousand race athletes, to which will be added managers, technicians, partners and family members; almost 500 titles to be won in the various categories.
The technical program of the 21st edition of the European Masters Athletics Championships includes competitions in the stadiums of Jesolo, Caorle and Eraclea. But you will also race off the slopes: in Jesolo the half marathon is scheduled, Caorle will welcome the country cross run, Eraclea Mare will host the marching tests.
It will be the triumph of an ageless passion, which will combine sport and tourism, because it has always been part of the European Championships in Athletics – for which there is an individual registration, open to all athletes over 35 years old – it is thought not only as an sports moment, but also as an opportunity to visit the territory where the event takes place. The appeal of the three renowned seaside resorts, combined with the proximity to Venice, will not fail to be felt.
Italy will host the European Athletics Masters Championships for the fourth time, after Viareggio (1978), Verona (1988) and Cesenatico (1998). The first ever edition of the master continental festival, forty years ago in Viareggio, registered just over a thousand participants. Since then, the event has constantly grown, always registering more media attention, increasing the participants and carving out a precise location in the international calendar of athletics (every two years, in the odd seasons). Jesolo, Caorle and Eraclea, together with Venice, are ready to collect the baton.