The event “Corri la Vita” (Run for Life) will again be held this year in Florence on 24 September. Now in its 15th year, it was conceived as an occasion for sports and culture as well as a means to promote social commitment to and awareness of the fight against cancer.
Promoted and organized by the Organizing Committee of the non-profit Associazione CORRI LA VITA, the event has been an important event for over 14 years, filling Florence’s streets with beauty and color—with blue being this year’s symbolic color. People from all over Italy and the world are welcomed, with the promotion of non-competitive sports activities in addition to visits to the city’s museums and other art sites.
The cultural attractions open during the course of the event include the courtyard of Palazzo Corsini Suarez, the Anglican Church, and the Palazzo dei Padri delle Missioni overlooking the Arno. Moreover, visits will be possible to numerous civic museums, including Palazzo Strozzi, Forte Belvedere, the Ferragamo Museum, the Botanical Gardens, and many others. The marathon will follow two separate routes of 5.5 km and 11 km, respectively, starting at 9.30 am from Piazza Vittorio Veneto in the Cascine Park area.
The routes will pass along the city’s most beautiful streets, to then wind through the historical center and the hills surrounding the city. For 2017, there will also be numerous artists and event ambassadors, including Mara Venier, Olympic champion Niccolò Campriani, the Fiorentina Women football team, and the band Street Clerks.
More information and details on entering the event can be found on the official CorriLaVita 2017 website. The funds raised will be allocated to various associations, which include:
Florence’s Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro I Tumori Firenze (LILT), a public institution under the high patronage of the President of the Republic in support of the Centro Riabilitazione Oncologica (Ce.Ri.On.); the Fondazione Italiana di Leniterapia (FILE) that, since 2002, has offered psychological and moral support services to patients and their families in addition to conducting research and training; and the non-profit Network dei Centri Italiani di Senologia, (Senonetwork Italia), which treats breast disease at dedicated centers in Italy and provides backing for training, research, information exchange along with communication between breast care centers and professionals in the field.