If you’re a Venicemarathon aficionado you’ve probably seen Giuseppe Mioni during the race weekend. Maybe at the Expo, where he mans the Fire Brigade stand. Or on the last bridge of the race course, just before the arrival in Riva dei Sette Martiri, where he looked out for the athlete’s running safety last year. For the next race edition on the last Sunday in October, Giuseppe will be given a new task for Venicemarathon: he’ll pace the five hour group for the race.

Giuseppe Mioni is a “d.o.c.” citizen of this world famous city. Born at the Fatebenefratelli hospital, in Cannaregio, he then lived in the Dorsoduro neighborhood (a residential district in Venice). Later he found work on the mainland, and moved with his wife Daniela about thirty kilometers from the lagoon city.

Sixteen years ago Giuseppe volunteered at the Fire Department and, since then, he follows the marathon runners who, at the end of October each year, leave from Stra to run to his hometown. "I had never run in my whole life but one year to lose a few pounds, I decided to give it a try. It was 2006 and I started with a half marathon near my home, just to stay in the area. It wasn’t exactly an exhilarating but at the finish line I immediately decided to try the full distance and run the Venicemarathon ". Since that year Giuseppe has run every edition, except last year in 2017. And between Venicemarathon and the other events, he has challenged himself in other disciplines and distances: a half Ironman; two Sahara Marathons in Algeria; the one hundred kilometer Passatore.

The question comes spontaneously: why after so many years of running do you want to be a pacer at Venicemarathon? "In past years I’ve run as an “illegal” pacer, carrying balloons to help friends make it to the finish line. I like to feel useful and to help them out. This year, 2018, is  dedicated to my wife Daniela. She’ll be running her very first marathon in Venice, hopefully following our group.”