Saturday, April 29 2017

6th Annual Palio di Siena 5k and Children’s Fun Run

8:00 – Mass at St. Catherine’s 

9:00 – 5K Race

9:50 – 1/2 Mile Fun Run

10:00 to 11:00 – Awards and Raffle Drawing

Register here with Potomac River Running

  • $30 registration in advance, $35 on race day
  • $10 for the 1/2 Mile Fun Run/Walk (Free for children 5 & under)
  • Technical T-Shirts to all pre-registered 5K runners

Team Challenge

  • FIRST PLACE TEAM PRIZE – $1,000
  • SECOND PLACE TEAM PRIZE – $500
  • “OVER 30” TEAM PRIZE- $300
  • A team consists of a minimum of 7 runners including at least one female.
  • The top 5 times (including at least 1 female time) will be combined to determine the winner.
  • The prize must be donated to a Catholic organization (a school, parish, CCD program, youth organization, pro-life group, etc). Teams must notify Siena Academy of who they will donate the prize money to by emailing office@sienamontessori.org. All organizations must be pre-approved by Siena Academy prior to race day. Checks will be written out directly to the organization receiving the money.

Individual Prizes 

  • Cash prizes for the top 2 overall male and female finishers
  • Prizes for the top 2 male and female finishers in eight different age groups

Italian Feast in honor of St. Catherine’s Feast Day

  • Pre-Race pasta dinner sponsored by Gregorio’s $15 individual, $45 family
  • Friday, April 28 6:30-8:30pm at St. Catherine’s Church
  • Mass with the St. Catherine’s Lay Dominicans at 6:00pm 

Inspired by the Palio di Siena horse races that are run each year through the streets of Siena, Italy, our own “Palio” begins and ends at St. Catherine of Siena church in Great Falls, VA.

The original Palio di Siena horse race is made up of ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colors, that represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards in Siena. The first Palio of the year is held in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano. The second Palio is held in honor of the Assumption of Mary.

A magnificent pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.  Each contrade brings a colorful palio, or banner. The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt has been laid, three times and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds.

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