Students of the primary school of Loputuk (10 km south-east of Moroto, capital town of the region of Karamoja in northeastern Uganda) will not have to do more miles with heavy tanks to get the most valuable good in the world – the water – thanks to the Venicemarathon new drinking water well dug in collaboration with Africa Mission – Cooperazione e Sviluppo. This was made possible thanks to the considerable and diversified fundraising campaign promoted during the marathon of last year. The sending of text messages, the fees sent with the registration fees by the Venicemarathon participants and by the two Family Run-ones, the selling of special bracelets and t-shirts at the Exposport, the sale by auction of Alex Zanardi’s race tracksuit, the donations of the Protezione Civile della Provincia di Venezia, of the bikers group "Ancient Dragons" and of the firm "Bullo Tecnologie e Servizi" – the company which covers the bridges in the Venetian course with special wooden ramps to allow athletes with disabilities to take part in the race – allow Venicemarathon and Africa Mission – Cooperazione e Sviluppo to dig a well in a very dry region of Africa that will supply over 100 primary school pupils and 700 inhabitants of the village with drinking water.
This is how the marathon of solidarity started last 2006 by the Venicemarathon is going on. In fact thanks to the project Run for Water, Run for Life from 2006 till now 7 drinking water wells have been dug and 3 water wellsprings have been renewed in Uganda to supply over 9,000 people with water. It is estimated that with the donations raised in 2009 it will be possible to dig one other water well which will be done shortly.
In the meanwhile, the marathon has started the bib number-countdown for its special edition which will take place next 24th October and over 3,000 participants have already got their number of the 6,000 available ones. After the piece of news that the race course will go through Saint Mark’s Square a lot of athletes have requested a place, especially foreign runners, as they do not want to miss this unique edition. Since last week on the official website the countdown has been activated, it will help marathoners to check the number of the bibs still available displaying the number of the bibs to be assigned. As it happened last year, the Organizing Committee envisages an early closure of the registrations.