On Sunday 13,000 runners, with 3,000 foreigners from 57 countries, will run.
Sold out for the VM10KM. The edition number 34 will be a "marathon for the environment"
Yohannes Chiappinelli at the start in VM10KM
Giusy Versace and Alex Zanardi on Saturday October 26 at the Exposport for charity.
Venice, 22 October 2019 - The 34th birthday of the Huawei Venicemarathon will be celebrated by over 13,000 runners who will give life to the great celebration of the Venicemarathon and its 10K, which on Sunday morning will form a very long colorful snake that will unite the Riviera del Brenta, Mestre and Venice up to Riva Sette Martiri. Two very interesting figures are the number of registered women, around 5,000 (40%) and 3,000 foreigners from 57 countries.
The marathon will start at 9.30am while the 10K will start at 8.30am. The race will be broadcast live internationally, with coverage reaching over 80 countries. In Italy it will be broadcast live on Raisport, with connection starting at 9.20 am and in streaming, again from 9.20 am, on the www.raisport.rai website and on www.huaweivenicemarathon.it. This year the production will be curated by PMG Sport, the official broadcaster of the event, which will guarantee a more widespread distribution of images, also involving a series of web platforms.
The cast of the strongest athletes is taking shape. In the men's field, the favorite on paper is the Kenyan Andrew Ben Kimtai. Besides him, the other Kenyan Yegon Geofrey, then Moses Mengich, Henry Kiprop and Daniel Gatheru. For Ethiopia, instead, the best subscribers are Habtamu Asefa and Tsegaye Hiluf, while the Italian runner will be Ahmed Nasef.
For the women, to highlight the Kenyan Cynthia Cherop, Judith Korir, Jackline Atudonyang and the Kenyan Brendah Kebeya. The Ethiopian Meka Wake and the Croatian ultramarathoner Nikolina Sustic complete the cast. Maurizia Cunico, from Vicenza, returns to Italy for the seventh time.
In VM10KM, eyes focused on Yohannes Chiappinelli, the Sienese athlete of Ethiopian origin and bearer of the Sports Group Carabinieri. In the women's field, the marathoners Sara Dossena and Valeria Straneo will also be at the start of the race as a brand ambassador of the Ventura company. The race was presented this morning in the auditorium of M9, the district of the new multimedia museum of the 20th century in Mestre.
The 34th Huawei Venicemarathon will be, this year, a "marathon for the environment", with several very specific actions that the organizers are implementing and aimed at reducing waste, at enhancing the recycling of all plastic and its packaging to create products that will be used in the 2020 edition thanks to the partnership with Corepla, the digitalization of processes, the removal of architectural barriers and the decrease in C02 through the incentive to use public transport, thanks to an important agreement with Trenitalia . A memorandum of understanding between all parties will be signed shortly. All these actions, at the end of the event, will produce data that will be entered into a digital platform that will determine the final percentage of sustainability of the event. All this in the context of the environmental protection project and the “Zero Waste Blue sport events for territorial development” funded under the Italy Croatia Program and promoted by the Veneto Region. The first actions implemented in the framework of the Zero Waste Blue project, concerning the removal of architectural barriers, are the laying of a permanent ramp at Villa Pisani National Museum, the starting point of the marathon.
The beautiful route that goes from Stra to Riva Sette Martiri is confirmed and the passage through M9, the district of the new multimedia museum of the 20th century in Mestre, is also confirmed.
The barefoot marathon runner Francesco Arone returns to Venice, this time to celebrate his "50th" career marathon. Leo Di Angilla, the Venetian percussionist and drummer who currently works with Jovanotti and Marco Mengoni, returns to run the Venice Marathon for the third time. This time, however, the Huawei Venicemarathon will also be the last chapter of the book that is writing "Ritmo per corsa" in which he explains how he manages to reconcile his complicated life as a musician, very often around the world on tour, with a great passion as the race. For Don Marco, a priest of the Diocese of Verona, the Venicemarathon will be his tenth career marathon, while in Venice he returns for the fourth time.
A high-performance t-shirt
The presentation was also an opportunity to show the UYN t-shirt that all marathon runners will receive in the race pack. It is a high-tech, high-tech knit that fits perfectly to the anatomy of man and woman (male and female version) and will give excellent results in terms of breathability and thermoregulation.
The Marathon Runner Mass On Saturday 26 October at 5.30pm the Marathon Runner Mass will be celebrated in the church of San Zulian (Calle Specchieri San Marco, near the Basilica and the splendid Piazza), promoted by Athletica Vaticana, the sports representative of the Holy See. At the end of the Mass, the blessing of the sportsmen will be given and the "Marathon Runner's Prayer" will be recited, translated into 37 languages including Arabic and Chinese but also Ethiopian and Swahili. The Venice Mass will be the opening of the celebrations that will then precede the marathons in New York, Valencia, Florence, Vienna and Rome.
The Charity Program
The Venicemarathon Charity Program runs fast, too. Almost 60 thousand euros have already been collected from the 20 non-profit organizations participating in the initiative. Faces and soul of this edition are the Paralympic champions Giusy Versace and Alex Zanardi, both committed to raising funds for their non-profit organizations "Disabili No Limits" and " Obiettivo 3”. Alex and Giusy will be available for autographs and to meet the public on Saturday 26 October at the Exposport Venicemarathon Village.
The medal designed by a runner For the first time the medal that will be given to all finishers has been decided by the athletes through a contest on Facebook called "This year the 34th Huawei Venicemarathon medal is created and you decide", won by Eleonora De Luca, an interior designer from Treppo Grande (Ud) with a passion for running (also in race Sunday) who reproduced a map of Venice dotted with canals from which emerges the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, the gondola iron and the silhouettes of running athletes. On the back, the Lion of San Marco which establishes the time of each athlete. In this space, you can engrave your name and even the final time. The medals are made by the Dal Mas company.
Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Ranking The Venice Marathon became part of the prestigious Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Ranking points circuit. The 2019 edition of the Huawei Venicemarathon will be one of more than 100 qualifying events for the Abbot Wanda Age Group World Championship to be held in 2021, still to be defined. The qualifying period will start with the 2019 Chicago Marathon on October 13th and will always end in Chicago in 2020 (October 11th). All athletes, starting from the 40 and over age category, will thus be able to earn valuable qualifying points also in Venice.
29th Exposport Venicemarathon Village From Friday 26th October, instead, we officially enter the heart of the 29th Exposport Venicemarathon Village, with inauguration at 11am. Two event areas and two stages (one external and one internal) will guarantee a flow continuous and uninterrupted activity and presentation. The festival of the territory, of schools and families with Alì Family Run Meanwhile, the Venetian territory has already entered the festive atmosphere with the Alì Family Run , the non-competitive races dedicated to students and families, chosen this year by Rotary District 2060 as a promotional vehicle for the global fight against Poliomyelitis that Rotary International has been pursuing for over 30 years. All the participants in the different stages have worn and will wear red t-shirts with the "EndPolioNow" logo. The previous stages took place: Saturday 5 October (3,500 participants, record), followed by that of San Donà di Piave which was held on Saturday 12 October (3,000 participants) and by that of Dolo - Riviera del Brenta (5,300 participants) who it ran on Saturday 19 October. Saturday, October 26th the Alì Family Run of the San Giuliano Park in Mestre is scheduled. It is possible to register online until Friday 25 and on-site the same morning. The post-race will be enriched by a series of interesting demonstrations by the Fire Brigade and the BLS-Rianimatori group in the race. The 34th Huawei Venicemarathn adheres to the project #EnjoyRespectVenezia , raising awareness among competitors to adopt responsible behavior that respects the environment, the landscape, artistic beauty and the identity of Venice and its inhabitants.
The 34th Huawei Venicemarathon is organized by Venicemarathon and realized thanks to the indispensable support of the Municipalities of Venice, Stra, Fiesso d'Artico, Dolo and Mira. Also important this year is the contribution of the Veneto Region, the Metropolitan City of Venice, the Prefecture, the Police Headquarters, CONI, FIDAL, CIP and AIMS, of the Venice Rovigo Chamber of Commerce, of the Port System Authority of the Northern Adriatic Sea, of the Fire Brigade, of the State Police, of the Road, of the Telecommunications, and of the Frontier, of the Carabinieri, of the Municipal Police, of the Civil Protection of the territory, of the Bosco Institution and Large Parks of Mestre and of all the other institutions and law enforcement agencies that have always made a decisive contribution to the success of the event.
34th Huawei Venicemarathon sponsor: Huawei (title sponsor), Sara Assicurazioni (main sponsor), UYN (technical sponsor), Karhu (official shoes). Official Sponsor: BMW, ProAction, Ventura, Acqua San Benedetto, Air France, Rio Mare, Alì, Banco BPM, Nuncas, Bavaria, Dorelan. Partner & Licensee: M9, Corepla, Porto di Venezia, Apv Investimenti, Insula, RaceOne, Pica, 1/6 H Sport Officia Shop, Official Supplier: Trenitalia, Zuegg, Palmisano, Melinda, Méthode, Castellano, Interparking, NH Hotels, Veritas, Vènezia Unica, Actv, Iredeem, Coldiretti, Santa Eurosia, Bertoncello, Cristiano Brussa trasporti group Venezia, Alilaguna, Videa, VTP; Venezia Turismo, Barbini Specchi Veneziani, MuranoGlass. Media Partner: Official Broadcaster PMG Sport, Official Tv: RaiSport; Official Newspaper: Il Gazzettino, Official Radio: RDS 100% Grandi Successi.