The seed of thought for marathons was planted Aldo Manzi mind by his friends. In October 2011 they were together planning twenty-six miler for the following spring. They were just undecided on where when Aldo decided to join the party and let them know that he wanted to participate too. First there was silence, then a loud burst of laughter followed. At that moment, with his hundred and thirty-seven kilos, he did not represent the ideal model of a healthy runner, despite his young age. But Aldo was serious and, from that moment, a path to get there began to formulate.
Aldo Manzi had not always been a sedentary person. In his youth he played at basketball in Cassino, his hometown. The team coach was the multi-medalist Olympic Sergej Belov. Aldo, after several seasons, was forced to stop due to a knee injury. Despite adequate treatment, he could not solve the problem. His morale was put to test when he quit the team and refused any kind of physical activity, even just to keep fit. In the following years, unlike his sports, his life was filled with wonderful surprises and satisfactions. A degree in law, a successful job as a legal counsellor, marriage to Anna and the birth of their three children who are now 11, 9 and 6 years old. Now back to that afternoon in 2011.
After consulting various books and publications on nutrition, Aldo set up a food plan for himself. The personalized meals were balanced not only for his new running activity but also for the many work trips abroad. In the end he dropped fifty-two kilos and became aware, with the Budapest half marathon, that the long distances were where he shone. That first marathon did not end up being run with friends in the spring. He postponed his debut to the autumn of 2012 at Venicemarathon. "I feel a special bond with Venicemarathon because it was the first one," recalls Aldo. Since that first epochal race (the year of the storm!) ending in over four hours, Aldo has run many more, with a PB of under three hours. In Venice this year he reappears as a pacer for the third time in the 3h10'00 group . "Helping those who rely on us (pacers) is superior to any personal satisfaction. I like, then, to find people later, especially on the finish line. I often go back to help those who had given up before the finish."