VERONA -This morning was presented at the new Veronamarathon Hub in Circonvallazione Maroncelli 7 the 12th edition of Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon, the exceptional event of the city of Verona, the most famous and perhaps best known in schedule for next February 17th 2019.
Organized by Veronamarathon Eventi in collaboration with the Municipality of Verona since many years, Verona half marathon has grown more and more to become a 21,097km race classified with a ‘Gold Label Fidal’ (there are only 2 others in Italy) with a strong international character: it is part of Iaaf and Aims calendars and is very popular among foreigners. Over 500 foreign participants already enrolled on a total of 4500 people. Verona likes to run strong enjoying a high quality organization and for its strong tourist appeal: a city of art famous all over the world.
At Veronamarathon Hub there was Filippo Rando Sports Councilor of the City of Verona: “A new edition of this great race that means a lot for Verona. Because through this event we talk about the city throughout Italy and abroad. More and more people will be staying in Verona for a whole weekend. Congratulations to organizers for their skill and stubbornness in managing always a big and important appointment “.
GENSAN –The management of the various sponsors of the event was also present, including Edoardo Di Martino Managing Director of Gensan: “Five years of pure love between Gensan and the most romantic half marathon in Italy. In an exceptional setting, between monuments and churches, between streets and courses, to get to “L’Arena” up to the magnificent Piazza Bra, Gensan Giulietta & Romeo is a ‘half’ that makes fall in love those who love to run. And what better Title Sponsor, if not Gensan, a company that has made its strong point of love for sport? With over 20 years of integration experience, Gensan accompanies the runners before, during and after the race, guaranteeing them a constant recharge and maintaining high performances. Gensan products will be on sale in the Verona Marathon Hub, within the Expo Area, and are always available online at www.gensan.com. “
AGSM DUO MARATHON – The beauty of Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon is that everyone can be active player, we could say from 0 to 99 years. The 21,097km competitive half marathon will see more than 6000 people at the start, but there is also Agsm Duo Marathon, the relay race (10 + 11km) with two-person team in non-competitive form and free access for all, without obligation of competitive medical examination. Marco Cappelletti, spokesman for President Michele Croce, spoke for Agsm: “Agsm has always been close to sport in Verona, focusing in particular on young people (more than 9 thousand supported in the various disciplines, of which 1,200 active para-athletes higher competitive levels), to the companies that are dedicated to the amateurs and the third sector, and to the sport actually practiced. This is the most romantic competition in the world, AGSM Duo Marathon: it takes place in the city of love in the week dedicated to lovers and is an invitation for everyone to move, to get involved, to give space to positive energies. These values coincide with ours, perfectly representing our mission of producing more and more clean energy from renewable sources. Verona will show its most romantic and beautiful side, creating a virtuous circle between love, sport, energy that are among the main engines of our lives”.
LIDL MONUMENT RUN – Lidl, the leading supermarket chain in Italy that has always been committed to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, announces the return of Lidl Monument Run. A course of 5 km, to run or walk, to be held on February 17th in Verona, in parallel with Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon and AGSM Duo Marathon. After the success of last year, which saw the participation of about 1,000 people, returns the most loved by families with a fascinating journey through the historic center that combines the pleasure of moving to the cultural beauties of the Scaliger City. Lidl Monument Run is a race with a relaxed spirit starting at 09:00 from Piazza Bra, designed for those who want to spend a morning outdoor and enjoying the major attractions of the center of Verona. The stops in Castelvecchio, the ancient fortress of the city, Porta Borsari, the main entrance in the imperial era, Piazza Erbe, the oldest square, and finally L’Arena and Piazza Bra.
The supermarket chain Lidl, which has its headquarters in Arcole (VR), confirms its title sponsor of the event and will give its food products to all participants. All those who register will receive a greedy package containing the “Organic” rice cakes covered with chocolate certified UTZ. In addition, at the end of the run it will be set up in Piazza Bra a stand with Lidl products where you can taste many proposals, including fresh fruit, biscuits, pies and hot chocolate. Lidl, always attentive to the needs of its consumers, has also thought in the runners who follow different diets, inserting “Free From” the gluten free branded with sweet and savory snacks in the buffet.
Lidl has chosen to associate its name with this race because it shares its mission and values, as commented Alessia Bonifazi, Lidl Italia’s Communications Manager: “We feel particularly linked to Lidl Monument Run because it stands out for being a democratic race, from above level of inclusion and extremely accessible, characteristics inherent in our company DNA. – Continue Alessia Bonifazi – We wanted to spoil the runners with our products, starting from the delicious race pack, to the rich buffet in Piazza Bra where to recover all the energy. “
Registration to Lidl Monument Run is proposed at a price of 10 euros and can be made online or personally, until 08:30 on the day of the event. All instructions for registration can be found on the official website of the event.
THE CHAMPION- Valeria Straneo will race Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon on February 17th. The Italian runner, world and European marathon runner vice-champion, has already competed and won here in Verona. It was in 2014 and on that occasion she won the race and the Italian half marathon title that year in 1h09’45 “. More than welcome her return, for Valeria will be a step to prepare and stand out in an international marathon in April. At the start there will also be Peter Kwemoi Ndorobo winner of the 2018 edition in 1h01’01 “after a race all run shoulder to shoulder against Ishmale Chelanga Kalale and a final spectacular sprint. Back with the goal of making an encore but also to beat the record of 1h00’24 “which belongs to Edwin Koech in 2017.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16th – CITY SIGHTSEEING RUN – As if the three distances and the three events on Sunday were not enough, the organizers of Veronamarathon Eventi thought that even on Saturday morning, February 16th, the day before the event, it could be a good moment to make a training accompanied by the Veronamarathon Team instructors. An excellent opportunity to do a warm-up in anticipation of Sunday, receive some advice, meet many other participants and at the same time visit the historic center of Verona with relative calm. Departure at 10.30 am from the Veronamarathon Hub in Circonvallazione Maroncelli, 7, participants will be all those Italians or foreigners, who may already be in town from Friday evening. Free event is possible for all members of one of the Sunday races.
MUSIC – Run, have fun and hear music that pushes you, loads you and gives you the rhythm. This year Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon will be very ‘dance’. In the 21.097km there are 3 points with professional deejays that will give the charge to all the participants. Musical diffusion that will be audible in 9 points, practically every 2km. But it is not enough because within a few days on the Spotify platform it will be possible to listen the compilation of Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon created thanks to the songs suggested by the top runner champions in the race. Music list and samples will be unveiled within a few days.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS – The event Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon 2019 is possible thanks to the fundamental support of the City of Verona and the Patronage of the Chamber of Commerce I.A.A. A special thanks goes also to our partners, many for many years follow us, always renewing their trust. First the title sponsor Gensan, the Main Sponsors Agsm, Lidl, Zuegg and ZeroWind. Technical Sponsor Joma. Green Partner Amia and Acque Veronesi, among the partners Ali Spa and B & B Hotels Italia. Official suppliers: Eurocompany and Armando De Angelis, Marazzi Noleggio, Scaligera Service, Melegatti and Gls Corriere Espresso. Media Partner: Radio NumberOne and Telenuovo.