Italy’s Marcialonga Running Coop will once again be at the start in the picturesque town of Moena and, as tradition goes, it will run fast up to Cavalese, next Sunday 4 September. Big names in the running and athletics world will show up in Moena (start at 9.30am) and fight hard to reach first the finish line after the unique 26k-long course that runs through the villages of Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa, surrounded by the stunning Dolomites.
Flipping through the starting list of the 14th Marcialonga Running Coop, it seems quite tough to predict winners both amongst men and women. Vasyl Matviychuk, Micah Kiplagat Samoei, Philimon Kipkorir Maritim, Abdelkabir Saji, Sergey Butkyavichyus, Said Boudalia, Giovanni Gualdi, Peter Lanziner, Massimo Leonardi, Simone Gobbo, Alessandro Vuerich, Viola Jelagat, Ivana Iozzia, Monica Carlin, Federica Schievenin, Eliana Patelli and Deborah Toniolo are all confirmed, it is going to be fun!
On the eve of the race, a promo event for kids (6-12 y.o.) named Minirunning will get on the streets of Moena at 5.30pm on Saturday, and two super athletes as the XC skier and Olympic gold medalist Cristian Zorzi and the strong alpine skier Cristian Deville will be part of the event and give all participants important advice.
‘First and foremost sport is fun – Zorzi said – and no matter where and when you do sport, you must enjoy it and let spectators enjoy the show. Kids must learn this and practice hard with passion and determination. The Marcialonga team perfectly knows how to make people enjoy this event and we, Cristian Deville and I, want to entertain kids and let them have as much fun as possible.’ ‘It is such an honor – added Deville – for me to be part of this event though I’m definitely not a pro in running. I totally agree with Cristian that kids and youngsters have to enjoy sport first of all and practice hard cause it is healthy for body, mind and soul.’
Entries to the 14th Marcialonga Running Coop are still open. Info: www.marcialonga.it