"Who at Verona run for the Green Mantle"

(Canto 15, line 122)

The running race in Verona started in 1207 to commemorate the victory of Verona's lord Azzo d'Este over the Counts of San Bonifacio and Montecchio. It was held every year on the first Sunday of Lent on a field close to the village of Santa Lucia. The winner was decorated with a flag of green cloth, while the one who finished last received a rooster.