Pertile: I want to win in Venice! Lalli: I am ready for the great debut!

Venice, 2nd October 2013 – Four weeks to go to the 28th Venicemarathon, but the challenge between Andrea Lalli and Ruggero Pertile has already begun.
Yesterday the two Italian Champions met in Venice to talk to the press. While on the motor boat to go to St. Mark's Square Lalli listened to the detailed description by Pertile of the floating bridge built just for the marathon which connects Punta della Salute to St. Mark's Square. The two champions then enjoyed themselves posing close to St. Mark's Campanile, walking barefoot in the high tide and starting the challenge which will see the two champions competing on the course from Villa Pisani to Riva Sette Martiri next 27th October.

The Venicemarathon aims at giving relevance to the national runners. This is confirmed by the Venicemarathon President Piero Rosa Salva, "Lalli and Pertile are two great names of the Italian Athletics and it has been a great effort for us to have them: we are glad to have the chance to see these two important runners on our race course. The last Italian winner goes back to 1995 (Danilo Goffi) it would be nice to have another Italian winner. This year it can happen".

"In the starting list there will be other important International athletes who will have the chance to contend for the first place with our national runners but I cannot hide I would appreciate an Italian victory" these are the words of Adriano Pellizzon – Venicemarathon Elites Coordinator.

Ruggero Pertile, the 39 year old Paduan runner, tenth place at the Olympic Games in London and 25 marathons under his belt, is well determined: "I want to win in Venice. After Rome, Turin, Padua and Aquileia Cividale, I am still looking for the first place in the lagoon. In 1995 I was the pacer of Goffi and Leone and in 1999 I did my debut on the marathon distance right here in Venice, therefore I can only try to win this year. I am training hard and I think I can run in 2h09'."

Andrea Lalli, 26 years of age, is 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 and now he is ready for the greatest road race. "It is important for me to do my debut in Venice, I like this city and I am happy that the Organizing Committee has turned the attention to Ruggero and me. I have trained very hard for the last months and the time recorded at the Half Marathon in Udine is an important result for me. Now I have to see how my mind will face the distance. It is a great honor for me to run together with Ruggero, a great marathon runner".

Next 27th October at the 28th Venicemarathon let's fix our eyes on these great Italian runners.