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For the 36th edition of the Firenze Marathon, we’ve once again coined a commemorative medal for the event that will be given to all marathoners when they cross the finish line. It will be simple yet elegant, that all can keep for its artistic value as well as for the race it symbolizes.
The theme is connected to the 2019 race, which takes place in the year of what would have been Cosimo I De’ Medici’s 500th birthday, as well as the 450th anniversary of the elevation of Tuscany to the Grand Duchy from the moment on August 27, 1569 when Pope Pius V awarded Cosimo I with the title of ‘Magnus Dux Etruriae’. Thus, the title of Grand Duke was established for those who, from then until the unity of Italy, succeeded each other as the leader of Tuscany.
These are the events that the regional Council of Tuscany wants to celebrate, justly so, promoting initiatives that celebrate the figure on the horse, “symbol of modern Tuscany, liberty, and democracy.”
The medal is headed with the symbol of a Pegasus, symbolizing a Tuscan event that, beginning 36 years ago, has become one of the most important marathons in the world. Additionally, it shows the game of Oca, another tradition that was born in Florence at the behest of the Medici family. In fact, in 1580 Ferdinando I de’ Medici gave the game to the King of Spain, Felipe II, who became a fan and spread the pass time throughout the courts of Europe.

The official race shirt that all runners receive when they collect their race pack is a long sleeve official Asics Firenze Marathon 2019 shirt that is made completely of high-quality ASICS technical material. Made of 100% recycled micro pique polyester, it weights 130 grams/m.sq., and is quick dry to facilitate transpiration. The shirt is blue, the official color of the Asics Firenze Marathon. Our motto, “We Run in Art” sits atop the famous silhouette of Florence’s Duomo, which once again is the start and finish point of this year’s race.

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