84^ CetilarRun Night of San Giovanni, history and magic in honor of the patron saint of Florence

84^ CetilarRun Night of San Giovanni, history and magic in honor of the patron saint of Florence
84^ CetilarRun Night of San Giovanni, history and magic in honor of the patron saint of Florence

FLORENCE – The classic event returns in style: the Cetilar Run | Nocturne of San Giovannithe second oldest race in Italy, one of the most awaited running events in Italy and especially for Florence with the organization by Firenze Marathon in collaboration with Atletica Firenze Marathon and the patronage of the Municipality of Florence, Coni and FIDAL .


Once again, as from first edition of 1938 today there will be all the magic and splendor of Florence, on an early summer night, with one of the most historic and iconic races that passes through the most evocative monuments of the city. Sport and culture, competition, monuments and art: ‘The nocturne of San Giovanni’ celebrates the Patron Saint of Florence in a unique atmosphere with departure and arrival right in Piazza S. Giovanni, in front of the magnificent Duomo. A timeless and unmissable event for running lovers.

The event presented in the press room of the Ridolfi Stadium in Florence with the presence of the Sports Councilor of the Municipality of Florence Cosimo Guccionethe Florence Marathon staff from the president Giancarlo Romitithe general director Diego Petrinithe technical director Fulvio Massini and the top management of Cetilar’s marketing sector.

Thanks are in order Society of St. John the Baptist, represented by President Claudio Bini, present at the press conference, for having included the event in the calendar of official events celebrating the city’s patron saint. The Society of Saint John the Baptist has been organizing the spectacular fireworks since 1796, which every year characterize the celebrations of the patron saint.

The celebrations for the Patron Saint began on Sunday 16 June with the Coronation of Marzocco and the Corona del Marzocco Award. There San Giovanni Society will award personalized trophies to the first man and woman classified at the Notturna di San Giovanni on 22 June. On June 24th Procession of Homage will open the day dedicated to St. John Baptist which will end with it Fochi show. June 27th will be there Florence Rowing Society to host the Ponte Vecchio San Giovanni Trophy Challenge with the finals after dark.

Cosimo GuccioneSports Councilor of the Municipality of Florence: “It is the best running event of the Florentine summer and involves many enthusiasts who come to experience our city in an even more fascinating context precisely because the event takes place at night. It is a source of pride that there are already around 1500 members, many of whom are from outside the Region, we have the opportunity to make our city live in a different light, walking or running in an extraordinary setting. I can’t wait to enjoy this show”.

Claudio BiniPresident of the John the Baptist Society: “It is a great pleasure to be here, with this new meeting we confirm the precious collaboration with Firenze Marathon, a company that promotes sport and is close to young people, and we retrace the origins a little because our company was the founder of this event precisely with a view to enriching the celebrations of the feast of St. John the Baptist. This event is a gift for the city and for those who participate in it. We are also renewing the dedicated trophy for the first man and the first woman while Monday 24 June will be the day of the feast of St. John the Baptist and will celebrate the Procession of Homage. Historically, all the lands subjected to Florence brought gifts of wax to San Giovanni which were used to fuel the activities in the Baptistery. Monday 24th there will beOffering of the Ceri and the delivery of the Crosses of San Giovanni to the Mayor and the new Archbishop, who will take office on the day of the Patron Saint. In the evening there will be the traditional Fochi, the fireworks display from Piazzale Michelangelo”.

Elena PanchettiDesigner and Social Manager of Florence Marathon signed the official technical shirt with graphics that trace the most important monuments that runners will find along the route.


It runs on Saturday 22 June with start at 9pm on the distance of 9.9kman optimal distance also for those who want to carry out tests in view of other future commitments, such as that of the Florence Marathon already scheduled with its 40th edition for Sunday 24 November 2024. The distance is also the same for those who decide to run the not competitive or i 4 km for those who want to take it more “calmly” and enjoy the climate, the evening and the large audience that usually follows the event.


They will be about 300 volunteers of Florence Marathon to supervise the route and assist the runners before, during and after the race.

The partnership with the Tuscan company continues this year as it has for several years Pharmanutra and the brand CetilarTitle Sponsor of the event, which will be present at the start with a massage point.
JOMA will also be the technical sponsor of the event this year, as it was for the Guarda Firenze and the Firenze Marathon.

We also thank the partners Game7 Athletics for registration support, Conad which will be present on the route with official refreshments at the halfway and end of the route as well as Saint Benedict and Enervit.

There Fulvio Massini Sports Consultants will take care of the pacer service, to dictate the pace of the race to those who wish to take advantage of this possibility.

We thank the Athletics Federation, which will be present at the start and represented by the councilors of the Tuscan Regional Committee. Special thanks also to the Italian Army, which will be present at the event with a promotional stand in Piazza San Giovanni as per historical custom.
Local Media partners of the event will be RDF and Lady Radio.

“It is with great pride that we support the eighty-fourth edition of the San Giovanni Night Cetilar Run. Alessandro Bacciotti, Commercial Director of Conad Nord Ovest. We have always supported initiatives that enhance the values ​​of sport, inclusion and promote correct and healthy lifestyles. This event represents not only a celebration of running and athletics, but also an important opportunity to promote well-being and social cohesion. We believe that sport is a powerful tool for unity and personal growth, and we will continue to support initiatives that embody these fundamental principles.”

THE NAMING of the competition
The title sponsor Cetilar will be present in the square with its own stand for pre- and post-race massages and with experts able to support runners with specific technical advice. Founded and led by the Lacorte brothers, PharmaNutra SpA and? an excellence of Italian pharma and a leader in Europe in the field of iron-based supplements.

Unique and patented product, Cetilar® And? a cream based on cetylated esters (7.5% CFA) aimed mainly at athletes who do not want to give up their passions due to muscle discomfort or joint problems. Also available in the Patch version, Cetilar® helps the capacity? of movement, reducing painful symptoms at a musculoskeletal level and helping in the recovery of mobility? and in rehabilitation following inflammatory phenomena and sports injuries.


The now historic departure is from Piazza San Giovanni and will wind through the historic center of Florence as follows:

Piazza Duomo – via Martelli – via Cavour – via dei Pucci – via dei Servi – Piazza Duomo – via del Proconsolo – Via Ghibellina – via Verdi – Piazza Santa Croce (via dei Pepi side) – via Magliabechi – Corso Tintori – via dei Benci – Lungarno alle Grazie – Lungarno Zeccha Vecchia – Piazza Piave – Lungarno Pecori Giraldi – Ponte San Niccolò – Lungarno Cellini – via della Fornace – via Ser Ventura Monachi – via dei Bastioni – Porta San Miniato – Piazzetta San Miniato – via San Niccolò – Piazza Poggi – Lungarno Serristori – Lungarno Torrigiani – Piazza Santa Maria Soprarno – via De’ Bardi – Ponte Vecchio – Piazza del Pesce – Lungarno Archibusieri – via dei Georgofili – via Lambertesca – Piazzale degli Uffizi – via della Ninna – via dei Leoni – via dei Gondi – Piazza della Signoria – via Vacchereccia – via Por Santa Maria – Lungarno Acciaiuoli – via Tornabuoni – via della Vigna Nuova – Piazza Goldoni – Lungarno Vespucci – Piazza Ognissanti – Borgo Ognissanti – via dei Fossi – Piazza Santa Maria Novella (turning to the Minerva side) – via dei Benches – via dei Rondinelli – Piazza Antinori – via Tornabuoni – via Strozzi – via Sassetti – Piazza Davanzati – via Pellicceria – Piazza della Repubblica – via Brunelleschi – Piazza San Giovanni.

Registration and collection of race bibs

The registrations, both for the competitive and for the recreational motor races, will close, both at the physical registration points (list on the Florence Marathon website) and in the online system, on Thursday 20 June; the online system will accept registrations by 11.59pm.

Registrations to motor play onlyboth 9.9 and 4 km, can also be done on the day of the event directly in the square, from around 7.00 pm, unless the bib number runs out.

The bib can be collected on the day of the race starting from 6.30 pm in Piazza San Giovanni, Baptistery side. There delivery of the shirts it will take place directly in the square after the race at a special stand. It will be scheduled bag storage in a dedicated stand located behind Giotto’s Bell Tower.

For all technical information and regulations: www.firenzemarathon.it

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