The current champion and the promising young one challenge at the 28th Venicemarathon.

Sunday, 27th October, Andrea Lalli will debut on the distance and after 14 years the marathon runner from Padua Ruggero Pertile returns to competing in the Lagoon

Venice - 18th September 2013 – The 28th Venicemarathon sets its sights on the Italian elite athletes: Ruggero Pertile and Andrea Lalli. Present and future champions on the marathon distance; the current best Italian marathon runner and the promising young one will challenge. They already have one thing in common: debut in Venice. Starting point of their marathon careers. In fact, right in1999 Pertile ran his fist marathon in Venice and next 27th October Lalli from Molise will do the same.

Their differences are: there are 13 years between them, Pertile's career was based on marathons while Lalli can count 3 European titles: he became the first runner to win the hat-trick of striking gold at the Junior Cross Country Championship in 2006, Under 23 in 2009 and then the Senior Level in 2012.

The 28th Venicemarathon will bring to mind the 1995 edition when the race course saw Danilo Goffi and Giacomo Leone challanged. This will be an important event which will give relevance to the Italian Athletics thanks to the choices made by the Venicemarathon Organizing Committee and the elite runners' manager, Adriano Pellizzon.

The thirty-nine year old Paduan runner Ruggero Pertile, the current Italian Marathon Champion and the 10th place at the London Olympic Games of last year, is happy to return to running along the streets that saw the beginning of his long and great career 14 years ago.

Andrea Lalli has realized that his future in no longer in a stadium and he has already showed it at the Stramilano, the race in which he did his debut on the half marathon distance in 2011 stopping the chronometer at 1h02'32", personal time improved the following year with 1h01'11".