Thank you San Benedetto Pacing Team!
The most fascinating thing about the marathon is its unpredictability. The components that can affect and condition this race vary from the city route with its obstacles, to the physiological changes of an athlete at any moment. The most important and certainly the most unpredictable ingredient is the weather. We can prepare ourselves to face those forty-two kilometers with care, but it’s always Mother Nature who decides how the day will go. The temperature, humidity, wind strength and direction are all beyond our control. They’re simply to be accepted as we work out a quick plan of attack in the starting area.




Last Sunday morning at Venicemarathon, the San Benedetto Pacing Team knew that the wind on the Libertà Bridge would create problems for the regularity of the race pace. Some thought gain some advantage of a few minutes before facing the bridges and the high water, but everyone knew that, on race day, the task assigned to them was to assist more runners possible to have a experience while running the marathon. Nobody expected high water in the Zattere area of the course and, nevertheless, they managed to conclude the Venicemarathon guiding large groups of finishers to the finish line. Thanks pacers and see you next year!




 

HUAWEI VENICEMARATHON PACERS

Pacers 3h00'
 
Result
 Real Time
Stefano MANFRIN 
 3:05:48
3:05:43
 Michele CAPUZZO
3:03:15 
3:03:07
 Nicola ZUCCARELLO
 3:28:44
3:28:40
Pacers 3h10'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Aldo MANZI
 Ritirato
 
Alessandro TREVISAN 
NP 
 
Davide CORRITORE
3:11:44 
3:11:34
Pacers 3h20'
 
Result
 Real Time
Massimo PREZIOSA
3:22:22 
3:22:10
 Dimitri PERON
3:22:33 
3:22:21
Paolo ROSSATO
 3:22:33
3:22:21
Pacers 3h30'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Luigi VILLANOVA
3:30:31 
3:30:07
 Fabio SIMIONATO
3:30:45 
3:30:23
Piergiorgio SCARPA
3:37:04 
3:36:41
Pacers 3h40'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Massimo COPPO
3:44:53 
3:44:18
 Tiziano LION
3:54:58 
3:54:25
Max PETRUCCI
 3:51:14
3:50:41
Pacers 3h50'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Alessandro PIZZI
3:49:32 
3:48:56
 Giuseppe BOSSI
3:49:32 
3:48:57
Giacomo CECCHINI

3:49:32 
3:48:56
Pacers 4h00'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Massimo POZZI
4:08:57 
4:07:03
 Emanuele SAIU
4:05:17 
4:03:24
 Cesare MONETTI
4:15:40 
4:13:46
Carlo CASALI
 4:08:56
4:07:03
Pacers 4h15'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Marco MANNUCCI

4:16:49
 4:14:49
 Alvise CALLEGARO
 4:16:49
 4:14:49
Daniela SCHIAVON
 4:16:49 
4:14:49 
Pacers 4h30'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Andrea LEITA
4:30:40 
4:28:12
Nicola ROSSO 
4:35:40 
4:32:22
Pacers 4h45'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Sabrina TRICARICO

4:48:21 
 4:45:33
Gianpaolo PALLADINO

 4:48:21
 4:45:35
Pacers 5h00'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Giuseppe MIONI
 5:12:03
5:09:04
 Mariella DILEO
 5:12:03
 5:09:03
Maria Assunta PAOLILLO
 5:12:02
 5:09:03
Pacers 6h00'
 
Result
 Real Time
Matteo MASTROVITA
6:06:26 
6:01:43






 



VM10K PACERS


 
Pacers 40'
 
Result
 Real Time
Stefano ZENNARO 
 0:42:05
0:41:55
Pierluigi MISSIMEI
0:43:05 
0:42:55
Pacers 45'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Damiano AGOSTINELLI
 NP
 
Erika MICHIELAN 
0:47:30
0:47:17
Pacers 50'
 
Result
 Real Time
Silvio DUS
0:52:46
0:52:28
 Gianfranco BIASUZZI
0:52:46
0:52:27
Pacers 55'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Alberto BAGARELLA
0:57:18
0:56:58
 Stefano PIZZOLATO
0:57:18
0:56:59
Pacers 1h00'
 
Result
 Real Time
 Moira LORENZON
1:01:06 
1:00:08
 Ilaria RAZOLINI
1:00:37 
00:59:39
Marco Mannucci Venicemarathon Pacer 4:15:00
YoIf in preparation for Venicemarathon you already calculated your goal time and decided to follow the 4:15 pace group, consider yourself lucky. In this trio you will find the energetic and cheerful Tuscan, Marco Mannucci. Venicemarathon will be his third marathon this fall, after running Berlin and then Chicago. "In Chicago I started out last, I mean really the last runner! It was fun making progress and in the end I had overtaken more than twenty-three thousand people,” says Marco, chuckling.
Born in Pontedera in the province of Pisa where he still lives, he works at the Piaggio factory in the quality sector. His shifts leaves him free time in the afternoon for training. Marco has always been into sports: swimming, rowing, tennis and of course going to the gym. This is where he started running…on a treadmill. "I used running to keep myself conditioned for my other sport activities. I’ve always loved that feeling of hard work in sports. Then, one year the Pisa marathon started right from Pontedera. On a bet, I signed up. "
Notwithstanding being slightly overtrained, he arrived at the finish line in 3:37 and was already looking for his next challenge.
Venicemarathon is where he ran his personal best 2013 in 3:17. As he ran along the Brenta river he noticed that there were groups with balloons leading other runners and was immediately intrigued. He currently alternates pacing at marathon with more competitive ones for himself. "I like running as a pacer for the friendships I make along the way. There is a stronger bond because you give something without asking for anything in return. A true friendship. "
For Marco the Venicemarathon is only thirty-nine kilometers. "The last two kilometers are like flying and you don’t feel them at all. You just enjoy the canals, the gondolas, Piazza San Marco and the fantastic cheering from the crowds.” Get in line because 4:15  will be a group to follow!
Massimo Coppo Venicemarathon Pacer 3:40:00
The role of pacer at the Venicemarathon happened by chance for Massimo Coppo just seventeen years ago, in 2001. A friend and neighbour of his in Mestre was supposed to lead the 4 hour pacing group but didn’t feel well on the eve of the race. He asked Massimo if he could take his place since it would be "easy" for him, being a strong athlete. “The pace was too slow for my and my muscles ached everywhere. But I realized then that I was doing it for others and I tried to ignore the signals my body was sending me."

Even his path into the marathon world happened by chance. An excellent basketball player for over fourteen years, he quit due to the financial problems his sports club had. To stay active he started running. One day in 1994 his scout leader organized a running race bet in the group and first prize was a bib for a local event, the Venicemarathon. Guess who won?  "I was completely unaware of what I was doing, so much so that I invented a training plan based on two workouts a week. However, I included three long runs that somehow miraculously allowed me to reach me the finish line in 3:35:01.  That same evening I went to thank the scout leader who unfortunately lived on the second floor without a lift. Anyone whose ever run a marathon without proper training will understand! "

Since that first Venicemarathon Massimo Coppo has run many others, reaching a personal best of 2h48. . He soon discovered triathlons, achieving excellent performances. Between basketball, swimming, cycling and running and an all-round athlete. Sunday, October 28, Massimo will guide the athletes on the Venicemarathon route for the thirteenth time. "Every year my wife Elena waits me with our two children at the 28th kilometer, before entering San Giuliano Park. Instead, my friends wait for me in the center of Mestre. I hope I have a large group behind so that I can show them my city. "
Pierluigi Missimei Pacing Team, 10km in 40’00”
In the past months we’ve presented some of our pacers that will guide runners along the Venicemarathon route, through Piazza San Marco and arriving in Riva Sette Martiri. Today we want to talk about the “sister" distance, the race in the race, our 10k (and seven hundred meters). The 10k race starts from the San Giuliano Park and covers the last ten kilometres of the marathon, practically skipping the first thirty-two! Even a 10k is a great challenge and to assist the participants we have added five groups of pacers: 40'00 "+ 45'00" + 50'00 "+ 55'00" and 60'00 ".

Pierluigi Missimei played football for the team Nettuno Calcio, covering the role of left wing. Over the years his work as a construction manager took more and more of his time. He decided to take up running stay in shape. First on his own and with a local team, the  A.S.D. Athletics Neptunia. "In my first half marathon I followed a group of pacers with great success, so I can’t wait to help other athletes run this 10k race." Pierluigi is ready to help anybody wanted to run the 10km at 4’00 per  kilometer. He has a PB of 36'28 and 1:25:26 for the half marathon. Here are some of his suggestions for the Venicemarathon 10k:

Pre-race warm-up: "I suggest 15 to 20 minutes of slow running with a few strides before entering the starting area. While we wait you can do other small movements for your feet and legs. I say no to stretching or elongating muscles before the race, whereas you can do it as much as you want afterwards. "

Race tactics: "From the first kilometer I will set my speed at 4'00" per kilometer until the finish. Remember that the actual race is measured at  10,700 meters long. When we see the stopwatch upon arrival it should read 42:45.”

Water Station at 5km: To stop and drink or not depends on the climate and temperature. If, as I imagine, it will be cool I don’t find it necessary in a 10km race to have to stop and drink or refuel. I personally will just run through without stopping. Hydrate well on Saturday and Sunday morning and remember that there’s plenty of water and drinks at the finish line!
Mariella Dileo Venicemarathon Pacer 5h00’00”
Mariella Dileo, one of our 5 hour marathon pacers, is a hurricane of positive energy. She that never fails to greet you warmly, her first concern is to know how you are. She transmits energy without reserve and without asking for anything in return. She is a woman from other times. Or maybe just a woman from the south of Italy. Born and raised in Barletta, the same as the Olympic sprinter Pietro Mennea, Mariella didn’t give a thought to running until the fortieth birthday. "I had two beautiful children but the pregnancies led me to weigh a almost two hundred pounds. I was looking for a solution, at least some walking, was absolutely not supported in any way by my family. My husband thought I should just stay with the children and my mother tried to convince me that I was beautiful just as I was (mothers!). But I felt uncomfortable, so I started working out early in the morning and no one noticed. "

She began to walk and in a short time losing some weight and feeling her clothes looser. To have a visual measure of the distances she went from tree to tree on the street outside her house.  To speed things up she stared running between two trees until he was able to run a full five kilometers. She was already happy just staying at this distance. Then, a long vacation in the mountains forced her to lengthen the distance and naturally change her flat route. Upon returning to Barletta she saw they were organizing a half marathon. Without much preparation she entered the race and finished third overall in 1h46'00 ". By now it was hard to hide her new past time from her family. He found a local sports club and  began further her running distances. It was a blink of the eye from the half marathon  to the marathon to the Passatore 100km ultra marathon.

Today, the marathon distance is the one she likes best. “In the five hour pacing group I enjoy the day, see many old and new friends, along with sightseeing during the race. Over time I discovered that it’s a distance that leaves no residual pain in my legs and I can be ready to run again after a short time. Of course, I’m running slower than I could  but I like it that way.”  Venicemarathon 2018 will be the ninetieth marathon for our Mariella. That’s an enormous achievement for someone who started running just fourteen years ago and an incentive for others to follow her!
Aldo Manzi Venicemarathon Pacer 3h10’00”
The seed of thought for marathons was planted  Aldo Manzi mind by his friends. In October 2011 they were together planning twenty-six miler for the following spring. They were just undecided on where when Aldo decided to join the party and let them know that he wanted to participate too. First there was silence, then a loud burst of laughter followed. At that moment, with his hundred and thirty-seven kilos, he did not represent the ideal model of a healthy runner, despite his young age. But Aldo was serious and, from that moment, a path to get there began to formulate.
Aldo Manzi had not always been a sedentary person. In his youth he played at basketball in Cassino, his hometown. The team coach was the multi-medalist Olympic Sergej Belov. Aldo, after several seasons, was forced to stop due to a knee injury. Despite adequate treatment, he could not solve the problem. His morale was put to test when he quit the team and refused any kind of physical activity, even just to keep fit. In the following years, unlike his sports, his life was filled with wonderful surprises and satisfactions. A degree in law, a successful job as a legal counsellor, marriage to Anna and the birth of their three children who are now 11, 9 and 6 years old. Now back to that afternoon in 2011.
After consulting various books and publications on nutrition, Aldo set up a food plan for himself. The personalized meals were balanced not only for his new running activity but also for the many work trips abroad. In the end he dropped fifty-two kilos and became aware, with the Budapest half marathon, that the long distances were where he shone. That first marathon did not end up being run with friends in the spring. He postponed his debut to the autumn of 2012 at Venicemarathon. "I feel a special bond with Venicemarathon because it was the first one," recalls Aldo. Since that first epochal race (the year of the storm!) ending in over four hours, Aldo has run many more, with a PB of under three hours. In Venice this year he reappears as a pacer for the third time in the 3h10'00 group . "Helping those who rely on us (pacers) is superior to any personal satisfaction. I like, then, to find people later, especially on the finish line. I often go back to help those who had given up before the finish."
Cesare Monetti San Benedetto Pacer 4h00’00” of Venicemarathon
If you are familiar with the running world, it’s impossible not to know Cesare Monetti. His articles as freelance are published in various athletics’ newspapers in the last years.

Or probably you read the articles of his press office for the athletics and running events that he follows. You could also visit his website “Run Today” and “Photo Today” to keep up of races. From three years people could know him as Venicemarathon Pacer. So, he lives in sport!

He started to run only about ten years ago, but with the hardest race, the Sky Race. “I changed my habits and I knew new people who ran in these races in the mountain. I thought that it colud be the most natural choice to run the first races with them”. The first half marathon was at Udine, without a specific training. The result was 1h48’00: this encouraged him to extend the distance to the marathon. His first race was in Rome, in 2011. He prepared a training program to improve his performance, taking a look at Orlando Pizzicato and Jeff Galloway’s methods. In 2013 he had his personal best (3h33’08’’).

His philosophy right now is to be always ready for a race. Cesare wakes up early in the morning and, before having breakfast, he trains. In the weekends his activities are various: playing with his two sons, his job and sport. “I see a lot of sportsmen, from athletes to ultra-marathon runners, that doubt their skills. I constantly train myself and this make me ready to run in a short time. I think that the only thing is to give it a try.”

This year Cesare is also one of the Venicemarathon Pacer that give advice on Facebook to people who want to follow him in the 4-hour group. “I like to give my opinion and to be a good motivator, both in the race and out of the race”. A lot of people ask about the 30-kilometre wall and Massimo Pozzi, Emanuele Saiu, Carlo Casali and Cesare will help everyone who want to beat the four-hour wall. “Is very motivating to carry this group, but the walls could not exist. The key is to think that the best is yet to come”
Giuseppe Bossi Venicemarathon Pacer 3h50’00”
To have this interview with our 3h50 pacer Giuseppe Bossi, I had to wait for his return from the Orient where he was working. He goes back and forth from China and Japan perfecting sensor systems for different car manufacturers. An intense and tiring job, most of all because of the intercontinental flights during the year. And that’s where running comes his life. "Running helps me to handle the stress of my work, even if I often have to use the hotel treadmill because I’m afraid of getting lost in a city I don’t know well," says Giuseppe.

Like many of our other pacers, Giuseppe began being active in sports by playing soccer. But at some point the teams age out and he found less and less people willing to play in the evening after work. Combining a sedentary lifestyle with disordered eating during work trips, Giuseppe found himself with some alarming numbers during a routine physical. Fortunately for him, when in Italy he lives on Lake Varese in the northern region. One day he was inspired by the idea of ​​completing the twenty-eight-kilometer circumference of the lake. His personal project started by running just one kilometer. He ran on the bike path around the lake and every week he added just one single kilometre until arriving at twenty-eight. The jump to the marathon was quick. In his debut race in Milan in 2009, it was the first time he ran in the company of others. He started involving friends and colleagues to run the next one, this time at the Venicemarathon in 2010. The next step to becoming a pacer was brief.

"Having fun while running the marathon is the priority," says Giuseppe. And two tips for those who will follow you in the Venicemarathon? "As in all marathons the hard part is sometime around the thirtieth kilometer, in Venice that coincides with the Ponte della Libertà. Personally, I have the habit of only looking at the road I have directly ahead of me and focusing my attention on my steps, so as not to be discouraged. The hardest stretch is short, only four kilometers. But done in a group and together, we’ll fly. "
Andrea Danesin Venicemarathon Pacer 4:45:00
Andrea Danesin, pacer for Venicemarathon in the 4:45:00 group, has the manners of a gentleman. Always polite, perhaps a touch of shyness, he always puts you at ease after a few minutes of conversation. He’s another "local" in the group, born in Venice and raised in the nearby town of Martellago. He’s always been a sports fan, especially with running and athletics. Running is an easy way to maintain personal well-being. He’s an army officer and has to always be in good basic physical preparation. After hearing his story the question comes spontaneously: when did he turn to marathon running? "Venicemarathon passes right in front of my house. Every year I was outside cheering for the runners. They inspired me and I knew even then that one day I would give it a try. When my wife Fausta was pregnant with the first of our three children, I gained ten kilos.  So I decided to lose them by running, working my way up to the marathon distance.” His first marathon, obviously in Venice, was in the year 2000. This year as pacer in the 4:45:00 group he’ll lead runners from Stra, covering that same road for the fifteenth time. You could say that he knows the course well!

Who follows a pacer? Andrea Danesin answers for us: "Most runners that follow our group are debuting the distance and running for the first time. They like having a guide... or three! We give them peace of mind, so all they have to think about is running. "

For training in these last two months, Andrea emphasizes the importance of consistency in training and running a few extra miles to get used to just being on your legs for a few hours ... but not to overdo it.  You can join him at the start in Stra and he promises to take you all the way to Venice. “I'm in love with Venicemarathon because it’s the most beautiful city in the world. Even for us pacers some parts of the marathon can become hard to manage. But when I start to smell the sea breeze air I know that we’re close to the end and my legs don’t even feel the effort over those last bridges ... "
Dimitri Peron Venicemarathon Pacer 3h20’00”
It was 1999 and Dimitri Peron was in Venice to run the legendary marathon. The temps were cool with light rain, certainly facilitating a fast racing time. Despite it being Dimitri’s first marathon, he felt confident since he had always been into sports. In middle school he regularly participated in after school sports groups, including the national Youth Games. Living in the area of ​​Bassano del Grappa with the mountains behind him, the attraction to Orienteering as a competitive sport was a natural for him. He made it all the way up to the Italian Championships, with great personal satisfaction. The commitment to competitive sports, however, was irreconcilable his University studies in Forestry Science. So he thought that, to keep fit, he could still keep running while he was studying, lengthening his distance to the marathon.

Dimitri remembers the thoughts of that adventure. "Running a marathon seemed to me almost an ‘easy’ choice compared to the training sessions I had for preparing an Orienteering race”.

He arrived at the finish line of his first Venicemarathon in 3h00'06 ". I’m sure many have already said to him: “…six seconds!"

Just two years later Dimitri returned to the Venicemarathon to become a pacer becoming, today the most long-lived pacer in Italy! Those first years of racing coincided with a decisive turning point in his life. He became a professor at a local high school where he teaches sericulture; he met his companion Sara and their son Giovanni was born. Venicemarathon remains a fixed point for him and next October, for the fifteenth time, he’ll lead a pacing group for whoever wants to finish in 3h20:00.

“Right now I’m running four to five times a week. To run well at the Venicemarathon I’d recommend steady training, just to stay on your legs, long runs somewhere around thirty kilometers. Then in October we’ll share the journey, an adventure, together. Getting to the finish line will be amazing".
Nicola Zuccarello - Venicemarathon Pacer 3h00’
Nicola Zuccarello expresses himself with the same speed with which he runs: always fast but carefully choosing his words. He’s one of the youngest on the Venicemarathon pace team, for more than one reason: his age and having started running only a decade ago. Since a young boy he’s always been into sports, playing soccer near his hometown in the Euganean Hills near Venice, and then devoting himself to mountain biking at a near professional level.

He dreamed of going to live in Australia and had his bags packed when he had the classic fatal encounter that changes your life, meeting Federica who soon led to the altar. After the wedding bells he moved to Porto Viro where they made their home. But he had to look for another sport to practice on flat terrains. "I've always been attracted to endurance sports," says Nicola, nicknamed Zucca, or Pumpkin. "Also, I felt a strong need to challenge myself and do something really difficult. Around our new home there was so much countryside and long and flat roads that stretched for miles and miles. So I decided to start running ". Nicola is tall and super light. He trained four times a week with a single pair of shoes, which arrived in very poor condition at the start of his first marathon. Despite this, he crossed the line in 3:13  "I was satisfied but I immediately realised that I still had something in me, so I promised myself to improve."

Three years ago the Zuccarello family welcomed their first child, Enea, and running took another dimension. Today Nicola prefers to devote most of his free time to his son and find some time for training. He gets up before five in the morning and runs for about ninety minutes before going to work. On the weekend, the alarm clock is always set at dawn, but he doubles the training time and then gets home in time to have breakfast with his family.

In October, he’ll be ready to lead the three-hour pacer group. "The group that follows us from Stra is composed of about thirty athletes. It’s always pretty compact and smooth until San Giuliano Park (at the 20th mile) but from that point on the athletes start to have self doubt seep in. Those who stay confident and convinced make it to the finish line in time ".

Does Zucca have a special running dream? "Last year, for various reasons, I had to give up the day before leaving for the Spartathlon. I hope sometime in the future to be able to race there. In my fantasy Enea is there waiting for me with a good glass of wine ". Here at Venicemarathon we hope your dream comes true!
Giuseppe Mioni - Venicemarathon Pacer 5h00’
If you’re a Venicemarathon aficionado you’ve probably seen Giuseppe Mioni during the race weekend. Maybe at the Expo, where he mans the Fire Brigade stand. Or on the last bridge of the race course, just before the arrival in Riva dei Sette Martiri, where he looked out for the athlete’s running safety last year. For the next race edition on the last Sunday in October, Giuseppe will be given a new task for Venicemarathon: he’ll pace the five hour group for the race.

Giuseppe Mioni is a “d.o.c.” citizen of this world famous city. Born at the Fatebenefratelli hospital, in Cannaregio, he then lived in the Dorsoduro neighborhood (a residential district in Venice). Later he found work on the mainland, and moved with his wife Daniela about thirty kilometers from the lagoon city.

Sixteen years ago Giuseppe volunteered at the Fire Department and, since then, he follows the marathon runners who, at the end of October each year, leave from Stra to run to his hometown. "I had never run in my whole life but one year to lose a few pounds, I decided to give it a try. It was 2006 and I started with a half marathon near my home, just to stay in the area. It wasn’t exactly an exhilarating but at the finish line I immediately decided to try the full distance and run the Venicemarathon ". Since that year Giuseppe has run every edition, except last year in 2017. And between Venicemarathon and the other events, he has challenged himself in other disciplines and distances: a half Ironman; two Sahara Marathons in Algeria; the one hundred kilometer Passatore.

The question comes spontaneously: why after so many years of running do you want to be a pacer at Venicemarathon? "In past years I’ve run as an “illegal” pacer, carrying balloons to help friends make it to the finish line. I like to feel useful and to help them out. This year, 2018, is  dedicated to my wife Daniela. She’ll be running her very first marathon in Venice, hopefully following our group.”
Tiziano Lion Venicemarathon Pacer 3h40’
Looking at Tiziano Lion, one of the Venicemarathon pacers in the 3h40’ group, it’s hard to imagine him any other way. Slender, athletic and with a good steady pace when he runs  along the Brenta river, you could say that he’s living his third life. In his first life he had a promising soccer career ahead of him. 

He played in a first category level for a team in Jesolo, near Venice.  He was talented, coaches had their eyes on him and young Tiziano had certainly cultivated expectations for himself. His dream was shattered when he was sent in for his second knee operation. On the third surgery he had to give up his soccer dreams forever. He sat on the couch to start his second life. That phase was characterized by long meals with friends, chain smoking, more evenings with parties and dinners trying to fill the void that his brief soccer career had left inside him. A void that was filled with food and fat.

"One day, feeling totally demoralized, I looked at myself in the mirror. I weighed 105 kilos and, in an instant, something snapped inside me. At that moment I decided to stop smoking and start walking ". That was how his third life began. Every evening, after work, he went for a walk-run, a schedule he made up on the fly. No strict dieting, just a return to healthy eating. To complete the picture, during the same period, he met Moira Lorenzon (one of our 10km pacers) who would later become his wife. It was Moira who first started running, invited by a work colleague.

Tiziano followed shortly thereafter and, within a few years, they found themselves running marathons. In 2008 Tiziano ran his personal best on the distance in 2h56'00 ". Not wanting to rest on his natural talent, he wanted to look for something more stimulating. That something was helping the others in the races and becoming a pacer at the Venicemarathon. For the past three years he’s also led pace groups at the Moonlight Half Marathon in Jesolo.

"I train four days a week though work doesn’t leave me a lot of free time. That’s why I often use non-competitive races in the area. I can take advantage of the water stations and don’t have to think about the course I’m running, it’s all planned out. I  Add a long warm-up (5km) so I run at least one thirty kilometre workout the month before the Venicemarathon."

What does he recommend for anybody that’s followed him in the past eight years? “A lot of the runners have difficulty right on the Ponte della Libertà. You see the city in front of you but if feels like you’ll never reach it!  I invite them to look straight ahead,  that Venice is there, and with one step at a time we’ll  get there. And to never give up.” Said by Tiziano Lion that’s lived three lives, it’s an order!
Fabio Simionato Venicemarathon - Pacer 3h30’
Fabio Simionato’s path as an athlete went in the opposite direction that most amateurs take. Twenty years ago he was a strong cyclist. Even when he was growing up he loved road cycling and his long-limbed physical structure made for good performances. Then, one day, he had a bike crash. This time it wasn’t just a simple fall like so many other times. This time another car was involved. It scared him so much that he decided to stop cycling. Fabio still remembers that choice of twelve years ago. "No more cycling meant doing nothing since the only thing I knew how to do was pedal for miles. I began to gain weight and feel uncomfortable in my own skin. One day, a friend invited me to go for a run. I haven’t stopped since.”  The attraction to long distances was immediate and, in a short time, he broke three hour wall in the marathon: 2h58'00" in Treviso, the city where he lives.
The 2018 edition of the Venicemarathon will be the sixth for Fabio as pacer in the 3h30’ group. He’s a definite leader in the group, a precious reference for those running with him. “Anybody that follows this group," explains Fabio, "arrives well prepared and ready to face the distance. No improvisation, only athletes who trained to run that time. For the first five kilometers I simply run to 'feel' the group and understand what atmosphere there is on that day. The real group is formed after the half marathon and athletes begin to become familiar with us.” Leading pacing groups, Fabio has always felt something different in the those that choose to run Venicemarathon. "They come here because they know they can run a good performance on this course. There is an excitement incomparable with other races, a beautiful competitive spirit that affects the pacers too. "
How Fabio Simionato trains for Venicemarathon
• He runs five varied workouts a week.
• In the first of four phases he uses hills for strengthening his legs.
• In the second phase he runs short distance intervals (400 - 500 mts)
• In the third phase, he lengthens his intervals to 1000 mts and does on training session of  20 to 25 kilometers over the weekend.
• In the last period he does a few 35-38 kilometers training runs, the last one three weeks from the race is a slow 40km.
How Fabio will lead the 3h30’ pace group:
Below  you can see Fabio Simionato’s 2017 results while leading the 3h30 group. His on target times are a testimony of his skills as a pacer and athlete. Good thing he’s not cycling!
33rd Huawei Venicemarathon -100 days: train with us!
"From 10k to 42k in 5 months" - the second phase our training plan begins - come and crown your dream of running the 33rd edition of the Huawei Venicemarathon on October 28th!


Thursday, July 19, 2018 - We’ll move on to the core of the training program "From 10K to 42K in 5 months", conceived and promoted by the Venicemarathon Club in collaboration with Julia Jones and the Venicemarathon Pacing Team. The training plan is aimed at anybody looking for a "Personal trainer" who can coach and accompany them to their goal to run the 33rd edition of the Huawei Venicemarathon next October 28th, that will start in 100 days.

If the first phase of this project had the objective of training people to run 10 km in an hour in just 6 weeks (from 6 June to 18 July) with training plans created by the trainer and writer Julia Jones, beginning tomorrow the focus of the preparation moves on to the 42k, the final step becomes Riva Sette Martiri - Venicemarathon’s finish line - and the training plan for the last three months will be proposed, shared and followed by our expert Venicemarathon pacers.

Every Friday on the Venicemarathon Official Facebook Page Fabio Simionato (3h30’), Cesare Monetti (4h00'), Andrea Leita (4h30 '), Mariella Dileo (5h00') and Matteo Mastrovita (6h00 ') will post their training plans and interact with the runners. The pacers will become "personal trainers" for anybody looking for a guide in achieving their dream of running one of the most fascinating marathon in the world.

The training plan will be assisted by the nutritional strategy that Dr. Annalisa Faè, from the company ProAction, will propose every Thursday on the Venicemarathon Facebook page. She be providing specific advice on how to eat and hydrate in every single phase of marathon preparation.

Finally, the initiative will be completed by two group workouts organised sometime between September and October, where pacers and runners can meet each other in person and plan a race strategy for running Venicemarathon.

This service is free and offered to everyone so that the dream of running the Huawei Venicemarathon can turn into reality for as many runners as possible.
Gianpaolo Palladino - Andrea Leita - Nicola Rosso Venicemarathon Pacers 4h30’
The first thing to know about the trio of pacers for the 4h30’ group at Venicemarathon is that they’re all aficionados of this race, having already covered the role several times. Gianpaolo Palladino has been leading the marathon runners towards the lagoon since 2009. Last year he brought runners to Riva Sette Martiri precisely in 4:29:59. We forgive him for that one second! Both Andrea Leita and Nicola Rosso managed groups for the Venicemarathon in 2018 and, this year, will move a quarter of an hour to lead the 4h30’ group. While aiming for the same finish time, they are very different athletes. Gianpaolo is also a swimming instructor and takes advantage of the time spent in the pool with his athletes to train himself. Andrea Leita, a recently retired army officer, is an ultra-marathon runner. He started running fifteen years ago to set a good example for his officials, and has not stopped since. Nicola Rosso was born fifty kilometers from Venice and it is here that he chose to run his first marathon. "Venicemarathon has a place in my heart, a fixed point in my life" says Nicola.


Training tips
All three men train differently, as it should be for three athletes with different characteristics. Gianpaolo runs three times a week and adds in swimming. He keeps a regular weekly tennis match with his friends all year round. Andrea is the group's exercisaholic with an overall mileage and five outings a week at dawn. Nicola calls himself "the anti-training-plan " of the group. He follows his instinct and often runs on trails with his partner Marianna.
Despite their differences, they all agree on some basic rules. Here is a summary from which you can be inspired for your marathon preparation in following the 4h30’ pace group:
- On average they run four times a week, for a total of 45/50 kilometers weekly.
- Even if two out of three say they don’t follow a precise plan, you can identify some of their criteria for organizing workouts.
- a weekly “recovery” training at a slow pace, about 10km
- a fartlek or faster speed workout (between friends or in a non-competitive race)
- hill training once a week for 12 / 15km (Trail or road)
- a longer run on Sundays


Structure for the long Sunday run: Gianpaolo uses non-competitive races in his area for his longer runs, up to 30km on a hilly course three weeks from the race. Nicola runs a few half marathons as a basic training and twice he’ll run a long 28/32 km four weeks and then two weeks before Venicemarathon. Andrea Leita maintains a rigid regime but with an interesting tip for the last long race. "I have a run weekend three weeks before the race. Saturday evening I run from 15 to 20 kilometers and then Sunday morning another 20/25 kilometers. It's exhausting but it works. ", Says Andrea.
Advice for following the 4h30’ group at Venicemarathon:
Andrea: "We try to manage the group without pulling and springing ahead. We talk, we chat and we encourage them. All three of us realize that the runners that follow us are trying to get their best possible performance and are entitled to our respect for all twenty-six miles. "
Gianpaolo: "The most critical point is at San Giuliano Park. That’s where we usually lose many marathon runners. My advice is to save your energy as much as possibile until that point. From there on it’s more of a matter of not giving up the race in your head. "
Nicola: "One of the best moments is when, from the lagoon, you can see Venice in the distance. That’s when the real race begins, the Marathon. But with the public cheering and and running over the bridges towards Piazza San Marco. consider this the prize for running the first thirty kilometers."

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Emanuele Saiu, Venicemarathon Pacer 4:00
Our 4-hour pacer, Emanuele Saiu, is a model of organization for a sports lover. He gets up at five a.m. during the week, leaving his wife Alessandra and their three daughters peacefully sleeping in bed. From their home in the city of Varese he travels to Milan where he works as an engineer for a chemical company. As soon as he arrives he quickly changes and goes out for a morning run on the Navigli, with running paths in Milan. When he finishes his run he takes a quick shower (his company is equipped!) and by 8:30 a.m. is ready to start his working day. "It's nice to be able to run in the morning because twhen I get home at night I can be with my family".
Emanuele started running only five years ago, after years spent playing football and swimming. As the family expanded and work responsibilities increased, he needed to find a more readily available. Something he could do anywhere but that would help him blow off some pressure. Enter running. "I travel a lot for work, mostly abroad, and I always have running shoes in my suitcase." In 2017 ran his marathon personal best in Rome in a time of 3:22:11, a respectable time for anyone.
  
"I like pacing runners to that I feel like I’m giving back what other pacers have done for me. And also to help the runners with the dream of finishing Venicemarathon within four hours.”
A virtuous circle in the community of marathon runners!


Training tips
- Emanuele Saiu's marathon program is based on 13 training weeks (starting July 23rd) with four training sessions per week.
- The workouts vary and are organized as follows: Monday a recovery run, Wednesday 1km to 4km intervals (depending on the week of preparation), Friday a tempo run and Sunday the long run.
- The longest run is run on September 30, covering 35/37 kilometers.


How Emanuele lead the 4-hour group at Venicemarathon:
“While running a marathon I try to be as regular speed wise as possible (around 5'40" / km). You need to have the patience to go a slightly slower in the first half of the race.” He’ll make a plan with his groupmates Cesare Monetti, Carlo Casali and Massimo Pozzi!

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Matteo Mastrovita, Venicemarathon Pacer 6:00
Matteo Mastrovita started his running adventure in 2007. His only thought then was to lose a little extra weight and feel active again after a period of being sedentary. He was attracted right away to the Galloway method that uses a specific run-walk program as recovery for the length of entire marathon. "In the early years I ran just for myself, obtaining a PB of 3:55:59 at the Verona Marathon in 2011. Then, when my first son arrived, I had to take things easier. I thought it would be nice to help others achieve their racing goals.” He participated in Jeff Galloway’s clinic when he came to Milan, Italy and started his first pacing experience by bringing a small group of ten to the finish line of a marathon. "Even for people that work in sports it’s hard to understand that the commitment and determination to give their best is not exclusive of the elite or faster runners but also (and, sometimes, above all) those arriving at the end of the race. It is not a stroll in the park but rather an expression of maximum effort and this must be respected."



Matteo’s training advice

- Three training days a week is ideal. Two should be run during the week, from 30 to 60 minutes, then, one long run on the weekend. The distance increases every two weeks by two kilometres so that body and mind adapt to the distance. By the end of the program the athlete will have completed three training runs of with 20+ kilometres and three training runs with 30+ kilometres, including the last long run. I
- Special note for the longest training run: the longest training run should be done a month before the marathon (the weekend of September 29/30) and covering 37/38 kilometres.
- Add as much cross training as you want, cycling and swimming are ideal.

How Matteo will lead the Venicemarathon 6:00 pacing group:

To get to the end of the marathon in 6 hours time the athlete can’t  just walk (too slow) and can’t just run (you’ll tire out quicker). So, Matteo has found that the combination of 2:00 run/1:00 walk - from start to finish - is ideal. "At the start everyone is going to be staring at us. But I promise anybody that follows the 6 hour pacing group that in the second part of the race the satisfaction of overcoming other competitors is super motivating."

Useful links:
- Matteo Mastrovita’s website http://www.runnermotivator.com/
Jeff Galloway books: https://amzn.to/2lzrrlA

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“From 10K to 42K in 5 months”, a training project to fulfil a dream!
Today starts a training project, thought and promoted by Venicemarathon Club in collaboration with Julia Jones, for runners and amateurs who want to run the 33th Huawei Venicemarathon the next 28th October


Wednesday 6th June 2018 - More and more people want to run a marathon, but few of them know how to plan an appropriate training course, how to nourish themselves correctly and, above all, how to engage the 42 kilometres. The Venice Marathon also represents an important appointment that many people wait for the appeal of the course and the magic that you feel running in a unique city like Venice.

For this reason, the Venicemarathon Club, with the writer and trainer Julia Jones, has designed the project “From 10K to 42K in 5 months” thought for people who want to prove to run a marathon. It is not only a simple training plan organized by schedule, but a real project divided in two phases.

In the first part, the aim is to prepare people to run 10 kilometres in 6 weeks. From today to the 18th July a training schedule prepared by Julia Jones will be at the official website www.huaweivenicemarathon.it for amateurs who want to engage the 10 kilometres distance with 3 trainings per week. At the end of this first part, the focus will be moved on the 42 kilometres and the new finish line will be Riva Sette Martiri, the finish line of the 33th Huawei Venicemarathon.

In this second part, that will start in the second part of July, the “Venicemarathon Pacer Team”, that is the pacemakers of the Marathon of Venice, will be your trainers. Every week, the Venicemarathon Facebook Page will host the training plans and the experiences of people who are used to run a marathon in a precise time. For example, we could read about the runner who runs a marathon under 3 hours or about the fitwalker that runs in 6 hours. Moreover, every week, the project will be enriched with the advices of the Pro Action nutritionists.

The invitation is opened to all people: the 33th Huawei Venicemarathon is close, but the dream to run one of the most fascinated marathon of the world could be true.