Annual U Giro de Natale charity race coming to Port Hercule this weekend

The U Giro de Natale race will take place this Sunday, with a course departing Port Hercule for the streets of the Principality that is perfect for runners and walkers of all ages and levels.  

Every year, more than 2,000 people gather to participate in the U Giro de Natale race for charity.  

The track takes runners and walkers around the Grand Prix circuit, as well as other streets of the Principality, in an event that is more fun than competitive.

Many participants don Santa hats, reindeer ears or other festive garb for the event, which starts and finishes in Port Hercule. 

Lots of runners like to dress up for the event, including this superhero Santa! Photo credit: Claude Eyraud / U Giro de Natale

The beneficiary of this year’s event is the Monaco Liver Disorder, organisation, which raises money to support medical research in the field.

The schedule  

The big day of racing is on Sunday 10th December, but participants can collect their bibs from a dedicated stand in Port Hercule between 10am and 5pm the previous day, as well as from 8am on race day.  

The first race starts at 9am for the littlest – those born between 2013 and 2017. Next, at 9.30am, the junior contestants are up. These are young athletes born between 2009 and 2012.  

The official 10km race, which comes with the chance of winning up to €2,270 in prize money, will start at 10.30am for competitors aged 16 and over.  

There will also be a tombola event offering up some pretty great prizes, including a panoramic flight over Monaco by helicopter, mountain biking excursions and restaurant vouchers.  

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All photo credits: Claude Eyraud / U Giro de Natale