Saturday, March 26, 2011

Results for this week three big running events in Italy: Stramilano half Marathon, Treviso and Ferrara Marathon

During last week of March 2011, three major events are relevant for International runners willing to run in Italy.

First of all, the second largest half marathon in the country, Stramilano, takes place this morning at 10:45am from Piazza Duomo. This is the 40th edition and more than 5,200 runners participated to the competitive race, a figure that is 35% higher than previous year, where however Stramilano faced competition with Scarpadoro in the nearby Vigevano. The result was interesting from a performance perspective: 31 athletes finished before 70 minutes, and the Kenian winner Kisorio Mathew Kipkoech just reached the finish line 3 seconds after 1 hour from the start. On the other side, around 50,000 took part to the non competitive one.

Moreover, the 8th edition of the Treviso Marathon took also place. Almost 3000 runners have enrolled to this  edition, and 2186 completed the competition. Clearly Treviso has a downhill route, allowing the possibility to generate personal best. The Maroccan Nasef Ahmed won in 2h13:06 seconds, while the first Italian Francesco Bona who represents the new Italian running hope for the 2012 Olympics Games in London, arrived third and improved his personal best by 2 minutes. Finally, after 1 year stop, the Ferrara Marathon started back with a different route, inside the city that has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The athletes had the chance to run inside the Castello Estense, very closed to the finish line in the center of the city. 636 runners completed the 26.2 miles in Ferrara, with the Kenian Biwott Zakayo Kipsang arriving in 2h25:06 seconds.

Since few readers are interested to see the full results, you can find below this morning results:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Results at the 17th Edition of the Rome Marathon

Today at 9 am in Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno gave the start to the seventeenth edition of the Rome Marathon started. 
Mr Alemanno has evoked a "feeling of solidarity with the people of Japan and in l'Aquila that we must never forget".
On stage, before departure, the Italian flag and Japan hit by earthquake and radioactivity. 
At the start of the race, to which about 16 000 athletes took part, there was also ambassador to Tokyo. 
It is interesting to notice that the four Km non-competitive race, more than 100 000 runners participated to the event.

The Kenyan Kiptolo Chumbe Dixon won the Rome Marathon with a time of 2h08'44. Chumbe, representing the 10th Kenian winning the competition, arrived before the Ethiopian Amda Siraj Gena (2h09'21") winner at the 2010 edition, which was followed by fellow Dawit Shami Abdulahi (2h09'42") and Tekeste Nekatibeb (2h10'17").

At this stage, we cannot comment on the final number of runners who arrived at the Coliseum. We will update the article with statistical analysis later on.

Since few readers are interested to see the full results, you can find below the ranking for the 17th edition of the Rome Marathon: 2011 Rome Marathon Ranking.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rome Marathon 17th edition on internet

At 9:00 am this Sunday March 20th, the most important Italian marathon will depart. If you are not one of the 16000 runners that will participate to the competition, you still have a chance at least to see what you missed. The Rome Marathon can be watched on Internet through the Broadcasting from the Italian Television, at the Rome Marathon Live Internet link.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sixteen thousand marathoners at the 17th edition of the 2011 Rome Marathon

This article is freely adapted from several press releases of the Rome Marathon.

After a significant effort to promote the event and with the Road Race IAAF Gold label, the Rome Marathon will depart on Sunday March 20th 2011, 
in via Fori Imperiali.

16,188 runners enrolled from 84 different countries, of which 9,147 are Italian, while 7,041 are international runners. Sixteen thousand runners represents a new high record for the Rome marathon, 5% higher than the previous edition.
This figure also represents the highest number of participants ever for an Italian marathon. 

On the international enrollment side, France confirms its first place with 1335 runners 
(+6% more against 2010), ahead of Germany, England, Spain and the United States. 
In the top ten foreign countries, Canada entered at the sixth place, while Denmark (tenth).
Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland are completing the ranking.

This year’s edition is labeled “Road Race IAAF Gold Label” for the first time. The IAAF Gold label is the most prestigious label awarded by the International Association of Athletics 
Federation. With this award, the Rome Marathon entered the top 16 marathon list, while last year it was the 17th largest competition in the world.

Both participants and the international media have always defined the route of 
the Rome Marathon “the most scenic in the world”.  The 2011 course is he 
traditional one, turning in via Ostiense after the first kilometers and back into the 
city centre at the end. The start line is in  via dei Fori Imperiali;  the route 
continues on to piazza Venezia, turns into via del Teatro Marcello, via dei Cerchi, 
via Ostiense, St. Paul’s Basilica, viale Marconi, Porta Portese, then stretches on 
all along the Lungotevere towards the Synagogue, the Ara Pacis, piazza Cavour, 
St. Peter’s Square near the Vatican; then back to the Lungotevere and to Foro 
Italico, one of the legendary places of the 1960’s  Rome Olympics. The route 
continues toward the  Mosque,  via Ripetta,  piazza Navona,  largo di Torre 
Argentina,  via del Corso, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi 
Fountain, piazza Venezia, via di San Gregorio, (where the finish line of the 1960’s Olympic marathon was), the Colosseo, and, finally, the finish line in via dei Fori 
Imperiali. The route stretches along more than  500 places of high historical, 
archeological, religious and architectural significance.  

The Rome Marathon has probably organized the best world pasta party,
in cooperation with "Gragnano in Corsa", a superb pasta-brand from Gragnano (Naples), the world's capital of pasta. The pasta party will take place at the Marathon Village on Friday 18 and Saturday 19, from 11am to 7pm.


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