Saturday, April 25 2020

9th 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 

Register here with Potomac River Running

  • $35 registration in advance, $40 on race day
  • $15 for the 1/2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
  • Technical T-Shirts to all pre-registered 5K runners

Team Challenge

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
  • Stroller Category!! Prizes for the top two runners with a stroller

St. Catherine of Siena Feast Day Dinner 

  • Pre-Race Italian dinner sponsored by Gregorio’s $15 individual, $45 family
  • Friday, April 24, 6:30-8:30pm at St. Catherine’s Church

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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