Official presentation of the 35th Confindustria Venicemarathon and the 10K

Over 10,000 runners are expected in Venice this Sunday, with foreign entries from over 60 countries.

This 35th edition marks the marathon debut for Italians Sofia Yaremchuk and Marco Najibe Salami. Giusy Versace will once again host the event’s Charity Program. Registrations will be accepted through midnight of Wednesday October 20.

Venice, October 18 2021 – The 35th Venicemarathon and 10K have been officially presented today at the M9, the multimedia museum of the ‘900 in Mestre , which has hosted the ceremony for the October 24 events. Traditional start from Stra around 09.30 for the marathon, and at 08.30 from the San Giuliano park for the 10K.

A return to normal life after the pandemic. All is ready to welcome the 10,000 runners from over 60 countries. Registrations are open until midnight of Wednesday October 20.

Venicemarathon returns to action also thanks to the support from all the institutions, from the public administrations to all the partner companies, with the introduction as title sponsor of Confindustria Venezia, the association of  localindustrial companies.

“We have a strong feeling of confidence and a great emotion in being here today to introduce the 35th edition of our event. We must not neglect all the problems in working for months with no guarantees, facing all the organization and economic difficulties, mostly connected to restrictions to secure proper health conditions. We could not cancel an event which is part of the patrimony of not just the city of Venice, but of its territory, with special emphasis this year which is the 1600th anniversary of the foundation of Venice. We felt directly responsible to the institutions and to the runners, who have continued to show their desire to run in Venice, although most of the world’s leading marathons have switched to Autumn from Spring because of Covid 19. We wish to thank all those who have stood besides us in our return to normal activity, with a special consideration for Confindustria Venezia which has become our title sponsor,” as marathon president Piero Rosa Salva said in his introduction.

“Difficulties connected to the pandemic have not stopped efforts to organize the 35th edition of Venicemarathon. On behalf of all the industrial leaders we wish to thank president Rosa Salva and company staff for their determination. Our members are the protagonists of our industrial structure, which is worth over 45 billion euro. When we were approached for  a partnership, we accepted to support the event both financially and in the organization. We are happy to take an active part in the event, which will allow runners and tourists, both Italians and foreigners, to enjoy a splendid Venice and its territory,” as said by Confindustria Venezia President Vincenzo Marinese.

Venice deputy mayor Andrea Tomaello said he was happy  for the return of Venicemarathon.

“It is good to see the city full of young children on Saturday for the Family Run and of runners on Sunday for the other events,” he said. “The city administration will always give maximum support to events like the Venicemarathon which carry strong value for the city and its territory.”

Lorenzo Cortesi, general manager of the event, emphasized  the financial aspects of the marathon. In a report by the  Venice Chamber of Commerce related to the 2019 edition, the financial benefit to Venice from the marathon exceeded 10 million euro. The worldwide telecast of the event was also a strong international promotion, Cortesi said.

In addition to the marathon and the 10K, the weekend features, on Saturday, an event for school children, the Ali Family Run, at the San Giuliano park (the second largest park in Europe).The students and their families, usually thousands of attendants, run through the park over a little more than 4k to a festive picnic to celebrate the value of sports. It is the fifth and last of such events organized in various towns of the Venice province as an introduction to the marathon.