After not airing last week, The Amazing Race returned Sunday night. This week, the remaining teams flew from Sri Lanka to Rome for the next stage of the race. The Colosseum was featured in the background quite often. One of the most famous (and sad in my opinion) venues in the world’s history, it did not appear to host athletics-type competitions.
Less than half a mile away however, there is a rather unique track & field facility. Stadio delle Terme di Caracalla is just south of the Colosseum, and is practically surrounded by ancient Roman ruins. It’s unique features, as you can see in the photos, are the three large trees located on the inside of the track. The runway for the javelin goes right underneath one of them. The hammer/discus cage is located between the trunks of the other two. It looks really cool.
Looks in the photos however may not be truly representative of the condition of this facility. A scathing review of this stadium can be found HERE. Apparently, the track is in really bad shape. It was last resurfaced in the 1970’s. The track was first installed to be used during the 1960 Olympics, as a practice/training facility I assume. It sounds like very little has been done to it since, but still gets used quite a bit. It would be nice it this one got an overhaul. It is in a great location, and the trees make it a truly unique facility. This could be an awesome track & field venue, it some money was invested in it.
*Photo from http://www.romeartlover.it/Jogging.html