A beautiful sunny day warmed the official opening of the Exposport -the Fair of Tourism and Leisure Time of the 25th Venicemarathon at the San Giuliano Park. Special Guest for the third consecutive year, the Paralympic Champion Oscar Pistorius, who landed from South Africa just few minutes before the celebration.
The first to welcome sponsors, authorities, friends and visitors at the Exposport was Piero Rosa Salva the Honorary President of Venicemarathon: “This Venicemarathon edition is a very special one. 25 years are a lot and we wanted to remember them all exposing the 25 commemorative t-shirts of each year. This is the history of our marathon and for me 25 years of great emotions”.
Enrico Jacomini, President of Venicemarathon, wanted to stress the contemporary opening of the Open Sport. This event was born by an idea of the regional Committee of the CONI but organized by the Venetian section. “There are 18 Federations working to promote sports in our territory and thousands of children practice sport and enjoy it”.
Gianfranco Bardelle, President of the CONI regional Committee, wanted to emphasize the fellowship with the Marathon of Venice: “Venicemarathon is the only marathon which gives the chance to other sports to be known and which believes in sport for all youngers. This is very important for the society”. At the opening another important person of the Venice City Council was present: the Sport Assessor Andrea Ferrazzi: “In 25 years this marathon was born, grew and has become an international appointment for many. This is a unique event for our City Council, a multiplier for all resources of the town as all the town take part in it”.
The last one to give his welcome was Oscar Pistorius: “This is the third year that I came at the Venicemarathon and to be here on the occasion of its 25th anniversary is a great pleasure for me. I am not a marathoner but a sports man and here you can find always many young people. I am the testimonial of “Venice Accessible – the barriers are overcome just by running” and I will run the Family Run on Saturday morning, there will be many wheelchair athletes….therefore these three days will be a time to do sports and have fun”.
Also Exposport celebrates a great goal – 20th edition – it will be as always the heart of all marathon activities and the meeting point for all marathoners. Here besides getting the bib numbers athletes will have the chance to know the last novelties on the running world. The exhibition is an area of 12.000 sqm and over 100 exhibitors will show their products and services to over than 50 thousands visitors.