The Rieti Grand Prix is an annual athletics event at the Raul Guidobaldi Stadium in Rieti, Italy that takes place in late August or early September as part of the IAAF Grand Prix. It was first organized in 1971 based on an idea by Sandro Giovannelli, today's member of the IAAF Competition Commission.
28 agosto 1971: nasce il meeting di Rieti, da un'idea di Sandro Giovannelli. Si è da un paio di settimen celebrata l'undicesima edizione dei campionati europei di Helsinki (Franco Arese medaglia d'oro dei 1500m), e Cagliari dovrebbe accogliere i reduci di quell'importante rassegna. ...more
Asafa Powell of Jamaica running in the second of two heats of the men's 100m at the Rieti Grand Prix meeting -- IAAF World Athletics Tour -- this afternoon improved his World 100m record with a time of 9.74 seconds (+1.7 m/s wind). ...more
Rieti is a town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, with a population of c. 47,700. It is the capital of province of Rieti. The town centre rests on a small hilltop, commanding a wide plain at the southern edge of an ancient lake. The area is now the fertile basin of the Velino River. Only the small Ripasottile and Cantalice lakes remain of the original large one.
The downtown of the ancient Sabine and Roman city was crowded with buildings, including baths (thermae). Only scarce remains were found during excavations in 19th and 20th century: the foundations of a large temple, the stone floor of the main square (forum), walls from private houses, concrete vaults, statues and pottery items. The most striking remains are the stone bridge across the Velino river and the viaduct.
Piazza San Rufo is traditionally considered to be the exact centre of Italy (Latin Umbilicus Italiae).