Milano Nord parkrun takes place at 9 am on Saturdays at the Parco Nord Milano approximately 5 miles north of central Milan.
The start is near the southern edge of the park, close to the Viale Suzzani Entrance. Bignami Metro Station is just across the road from the park.
There is parking near the park entrance, but frankly you’d be crazy to drive in Milan.
There are toilets near the start.
The course consists of two circuits of the park. I say ‘the park’ – the park is actually enormous, dissected by various roads. So, it’s two circuits of this section of the park.
The terrain is a mixture of paved and gravel paths.
The course is flat and the terrain is fairly even, with a total elevation of just 31 metres. The biggest difficultly, depending on the time of year, could be the heat. When we ran, in June, it was over 30 degrees! It was also quite busy, so there was an element of people dodging required.
Milano Nord is one of the bigger continental European parkruns, with an average field of 74 runners. There are a mixture of locals and tourists. At a lot of runs on the continent, I have found that the majority of runners are serious (fast). Here, there were also plenty of joggers in attendance, so I didn’t feel out of place. The park is lovely, so factor in some extra time to spend here. And, of course, it’s in the beautiful city of Milan – what’s not to love?
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Milano Re Hotel, which is a very nice hotel less than a mile from the start, which you can walk to almost entirely within the boundaries of the park.
The parkrun website invites participants to stop for a drink at the Enigma Bar, which is just outside the park entrance. We were keen to get into Milan for some sightseeing, so just picked up some refreshments from a supermarket across the road. We spent a day in Milan visiting the Cathedral and the Museo del Novecento and also took a trip to Monza Park, which is a lovely park, but particularly interesting if you’re into motor racing. For more details about our weekend in Milan, click here.
Note: One of Milan’s top tourist attractions is Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. We did not plan our trip enough in advance to get hold of tickets for this. If you want to see The Last Supper, tickets cost from 20 Euros (depending on the package you choose) and sell out a long time in advance.
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