On 26th October everyone could run the most fascinating 10 K in the world. Alex Zanardi is the testimonial of the new 2014 Charity Program

The Organizing Committee of Venicemarathon presented yesterday, at the press conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mestre, a new race: the VM10KM: the 1st non competitive 10K combined with the 29th edition of the Venicemarathon which will take place on 26th October 2014. ASD Venicemarathon Club is already working on the celebration for next year 30th Venicemarathon anniversary and after receiving many requests by shorter distance runners, fit walkers and Nordic walkers, the committee has decided to offer them the chance to experience the last unique and impressive kilometers of the Venicemarathon. In fact the VM10KM race course will lead runners on the same Venicemarathon track, from San Giuliano Park in Mestre, running on the Ponte della Libertà (the Freedom Bridge), crossing the unique floating bridge on the Grand Canal built for the race, passing through the marvelous St Mark’s Sq, by the Campanile and the Doge’s Palace to reach the finish line between crowds cheering them on in Riva Sette Martiri. Now there is more than one reason to come and run the 29th Venicemarathon as families and friends can be part of the event and share the magic of it. Applications for the Venicemarathon keep going on and all participants will get the official long sleeve top, a technical top by Asics.

“This new 10K is for all those runners who love running and being healthy but do not like to compete. We have decided to organize this run to give an opportunity to Italian and foreign runners who do not want to participate in competitive races but would like to admire the beauties of Venice and offer therefore the chance to friends of marathon runners to experience an adventure while marathoners are running on the classic distance” these are the words of Venicemarathon President, Piero Rosa Salva.

Today the applications for the VM10KM will be accepted online on www.venicemarathon.it or at the Venicemarathon office (via Linghindal 5/5 – Mestre-Venice). The registration fee (18 Euros till 23rd October and 25 Euros at the Exposport on 24th and 25th October) includes: bib number, the official T-shirt, the commemorative medal, insurance, medical assistance, refreshment station at the finish line, personal kit bag transportation from start to the finish line, pre race transportation from the train station in Mestre to the start and post race transportation from the finish line to Tronchetto Venice by ferry and in connection with it by bus from Tronchetto to the start.

The press conference was again the right opportunity to talk about the results of the Solidarity projects supported by Venicemarathon in 2013 and present the new 2014 Venicemarathon Charity Program: a new format of personal fundraising which involves 15 associations and which has already raised funds for almost 20,000 Euros. Special testimonial of the new charity project is Alex Zanardi.

Important was the amount of funds raised in 2013. Almost 15,000 Euros was devoted to: Telethon, which sustains the scientific research of the genetic diseases; to Africa Mission – Cooperazione e Sviluppo which has been supporting Uganda since 2006 digging 14 drinking water wells and restoring other 9 and last but not least to the Association Bimbingamba of Alex Zanardi which supplies new prostheses to Marina, Cristiana, Judith and Saliou.

The new Charity Program has been created because the organizing committee wants to help more charities. From this year the success and therefore the funds raised will depend on the network that each nonprofit association will be able to create. 15 are the charities which will be supported by marathon runners who will be real ambassadors for a good cause among their friends and relatives. The fund raising will be operating on the Retedeldono website, partner of the Venicemarathon Charity Program and the donations will be done only directly on www.retedeldono.it on the pages of each association. Up till now almost 20,000 Euros have been raised!

These are the projects and the associations:

ALS: Psychological Support and Research - ASLA
Stop the Melanoma - Run with us! - Piccoli Punti Onlus Association
Run for Bimbingamba - Alex Zanardi Bimbingamba Association
Run For Sight - Fondazione Banca degli Occhi
Run with us in a different …way – A.F.A.D.O.C.
Parent Project Onlus
Switch on Radio Magica - Fondazione Radio Magica
Rare cancers pediatric age – EXPeRT – The Hope City Foundation
Run For Water Run For Life - Africa Mission Cooperazione e Sviluppo
Run to End Polio - Rotary International
Your name ..to run in Venice – A heart for everyone Onlus
Run with us and support training - Fondazione Umberto Veronesi
In Punta Di Penna - AVAPO Mestre
A minibus to help living – Volontari Croce Verde Mestre
Run to sustain research – Avis

Thanks to our sponsors which sustain us and make the 29th Venicemarathon possible: Asics, Enervit, Suunto, Hilton Garden Inn Mestre, Acqua Minerale San Benedetto, Supermercati Alì & Aliper, Banco San Marco, Air France-KLM, Coldiretti Venezia, Ice Power, Porto di Venezia, Méthode, Biscotti Palmisano, Actv, Battaglio Frutta, Venèzia Unica, Videa, Zuegg, MarathonFoto, Scalo Fluviale and Apv Investimenti.

In addition we thank for the essential support: Venice City Council, the City Councils of Stra, Fiesso d’Artico, Dolo and Mira, the Veneto Region, the Administration of Venice, the Prefecture, the Police Force, the Port of Venice, the Chamber of Commerce, Venezia Opportunità, the Fire Brigade and all other institutions.