(Verona) – Always the usual Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon, perfect organization and full of people, smiles, champions, love and hearts in love with sport, racing and more. Three races in a single event, almost 10 thousand people at the start, for this classic in its tenth edition organized by Veronamarathon Eventi in collaboration with the City of Verona. Everyone was able to participate, from professional champions to children in stroller, from 21 to 5 kilometers.
THE DUEL – The rain has not arrived, little wind on the path, perfect temperature to wear a pair of running shoes and show up at the start. The asphalt and the cobblestones just a bit slippery in some points and some curves on the path, but the show has not been affected. African athletes from the highlands of Kenya were the undisputed masters of the race and as announced first four places in the standings. The same applies to the women’s race for the success of a Kenyan athlete. Great race: the ride and the shoulder-to-shoulder duel between Peter Kwemoi Ndorobo and Ishmale Chelanga Kalaledurante all 21km held with no breath all those who followed the race both live on the giant screen in the stands on arrival in Piazza Bra, both those who were following the live-streaming from anywhere in the world. A challenge that ended with a long sprint, a sprint that lasted several hundred meters around the Arena to end on the Liston, the “living room of Verona”, with Ndorobo ahead of a few meters that saw him cross the finish line first in 1h01’01 “thus leaving behind for only two seconds (1h01’03”) Kalale (Atl. Casone Noceto). The record for the race did not arrive, unattainable today 1h00’24 “signed last year by Edwin Koech, but thrills and emotions were abundant:” With the dry asphalt I could have run at least half a minute faster, but I am however satisfied. I will try again to beat my personal record in some other half marathon in the coming weeks” said the winner Ndorobo. Third step of the podium today for Reuben Kiprop Kerio slightly detached in 1h02’58 “, fourth Rodgers Maiyo in 1h03’13”.
VIVA L’ITALIA – the first Italian is Francesco Bona (Cs Aeronautica) in 1h04’43 “, while he confirms himself an athlete with exceptional qualities on the road as well as in the mountains where he is an absolute leader; from “Trentino” Cesare Maestri (Atl. Bergamasche Leffe) who finished seventh overall in 1h04’48 “shredding his personal record set here in Verona a year ago on the occasion of his debut on 21km where he made 1h05’54”.
WOMEN – Female race was dominated from the beginning from the Kenyan Vivian Kiplagat Jerono who crossed the line in 1h11’59 “, far from her personal record of 1h09’05” but today, as said between slippery asphalt, racing alone and at quiet rhythms until the 15th kilometer did not allow her to do better. “That’s okay, I did my best,” said Jerono at the finish line. “Now I’m going to finalize the Milan Marathon, where I participated last year, coming in 2h28 ‘and where I hope to do even better”.
INCERTI AND THE OTHERS – There was a lot of expectation for the “azzurra” already European marathon champion Anna Incerti (Gs Fiamme Azzurre) who placed second, as in 2014, in a modest, for her, 1h14’01 “: “I’m certainly not satisfied – Anna says after the race – But today I really was not worth more. These were difficult days between flu and back pain that affected me a lot in the last period. As I said this was a test, maybe I should not have competed and if I did it is only for the friendship and respect for the organizers of this wonderful race. Now I know where I have to ‘start’ for the next intense period of training that will take me to do a marathon in April. ” Third, fourth and fifth position to a trio that we have already learned to know on the streets of Verona last autumn at the Agsm Veronamarathon. On the occasion came second, third and fourth. Today the third place was for the Sardinian Claudia Pinna (Cus Cagliari) able to run in 1h14’53 “, fourth position for Teresa Montrone (Alteratletica Locorotondo) in 1h15’42” and fifth place for Anna Spagnoli (Edera Atl. Forlì) in 1h17’02 “.
PROPOSALS OF MARRIAGE – After these champions thousands of amateurs in the race, all with their personal motivations to cut one of the most coveted and spectacular races of Italy. Months of training and sacrifices to bring home a medal that will remind them this day and this city forever thanks to that red-colored balcony represented on the precious metal. In the city of lovers not only love for the competitive performance, also proposals of marriage on the finish line with a ring and dedication from him sweaty, breathless and especially in love strictly kneeling in front of his sweetheart, just as sweating but radiant, moved and exhilarated, for the joy of fans, participants, photographers and televisions.
THE MAYOR – Yesterday at Expo on the central stage with Filippo Rando, Sports Councilor of the City of Verona, and Michele Croce, President of Agsm, was also held the award ceremony of the last December Christmas Run with the delivery of amounts of charity in favor of schools who participated with students, teachers and parents. The end of a wonderful 11th edition that saw Verona protagonist of the European running for these three days. To give the official start today was the Mayor of the city Federico Sboarina always close to the competitions organized by Veronamarathon Events. Another success for Agsm Duo Marathon, the relay race, that was run together with Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon and the new Lidl Monument Run, non-competitive walk-race, from 5km with the path next to the most important monuments of Verona. This newborn has seen the extraordinary participation of about one thousand people. A seed was thrown, certainly in 2019, or rather precisely February 17th, 2019, participation as well as happiness and desire to be there will be even wider.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS – Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon event is possible thanks to the fundamental support of the Municipality of Verona and the Patronage of the “Camera di Comercio” I.A.A. A special thanks goes also to our partners, many of them following us for many years, always renewing their trust. First the title sponsor Gensan, the Main Sponsors Agsm, Lidl and Zuegg. For the second consecutive year Technical Sponsor will be Joma, official car will still be Fimauto. Green Sponsors will still be Amia and Acque Veronesi, among the Partners we find Virgin Active and Decathlon with the shops of San Giovanni Lupatoto and Villafranca (Vr). Official suppliers: Eurocompany, ZeroWind and Armando De Angelis. Media Partner: Radio NumberOne and Telenuovo