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Jogging and running during SIGCOMM 2006

Running is an extremely popular sport in Pisa. The main location where you can find runners is the viale delle Piagge (northern bank of the Arno, just across the Leopolda on the west side of the bridge ('ponte della Vittoria'). The path is exactly 2km in length (4km round trip), from the bridge to the end of the paved sidewalk, at the bar Lilli. There are markers every 100m, and three water fountains along the way. You can run either on the sidewalk (asphalt) or on the lawn across the river's bank. Most runners meet there between 5 and 8pm, going back and forth as they see fit (and fiund company).

If you don't like going back and forth, you can extend your path e.g. as on the map above. This loop is 10.1km long, and touches or goes near all the conference locations, as well as some of the most beautiful places in Pisa, such as piazza dei Cavalieri and piazza del Duomo. Note that most of the central part of the town is a pedestrian area, and the sidewalk along the river are generally wide, so you can run there safely and only need to pay attention (and respect the traffic lights) in a couple od bridge crossings.

For those who like to run in the countryside, at the bar Lilli you can find the start of a bike path coasting the Arno river. The path goes west and is longer than what you may want to run. The first bridge (Caprona) is after 12km, and there you can cross the river and return back following the bike path on the south bank (see map below).

You can select your running distance according to your skills, or, if you feel really brave, run the whole loop for a distance of slightly more than 29km. There are two water fountains on the north bank between Lilli and Caprona, and a few more on the south bank, near the small cemeteries along the path. This is a popular training route for marathon runners.

Fun Races
Running is so popular here that there is plenty of fun races (non competitive) organized in the area, typically on weekends. They are generally free-start, with an entry fee of 2-3 euros, and multiple distances in the same event (from 5 to 20km). Included in the registration fee are a few restoration points along the course and at the end. A great opportunity for those who want to do a bit of training outside the usual paths (or, as in your case, for those who are not local). Please get in touch with Luigi Rizzo (rizzo@icir.org) if you want to participate to some of these races.

A partial calendar of events for September can be found here. Worth mentioning are one in Ghezzano, just outside Pisa (Sun. 10 at 8am - 3-6-11-21km), a tour of Lucca by night (sat 9, around 19.00 - 3-6-10km), and Arena Metato (a village near pisa, sat 16, 17.30, 10km).



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