Marcialonga Running to kick of in a few days, Africans ready to challenge home runners

04 Sep 2014 07:25
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release
Credit : Newspower Canon

For the 12th time Marcialonga Running in Italy’s Trentino region
Iahcen Mokraji aims to second victory in a row
Boudalia, Limo, Kipngetich, Nshimirimana and Italy’s Gualdi and Leonardi challenge him
Around 2000 participants expected next Sunday from all over the planet

The two alpine valleys named Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa in Italy’s Trentino region are about to host a new chapter of the Marcialonga Running event, on Sunday 7 September.

After 11 successful chapters, the 25,5k long running race from Moena to Cavalese represents some sort of an end-of-summer classic for runners who love open air sport and fascinating scenarios to run through. In fact, the outstanding Dolomites will be staring at the around 2000 participants from more than 20 countries expected at the start on Sunday morning at 9.30 on the dot, and number one favourite amongst them in a few days will be last year’s winner Iahcen Mokraji. The 35 years old Moroccan athlete once again aims to cross the finish line in Cavalese for first, but compatriot Said Boudalia and Italian Giovanni Gualdi – second and first two years ago – will certainly try to ruin his plans. Kiprop Limo of Kenya, Simon Rugut Kipngetich of Uganda and Joachim Nshimirimana of Burundi, so as Massimo Leonardi who won in 2009, will show up at the start all guns blazing.

On the women’s side, last year’s winner Ivana Iozzia will face strong competitors such as 2011 and 2012 winner Eliana Patelli or Italian Laura Giordano and Maurizia Cunico, plus fencing legend Dorina Vaccaroni.

Next Sunday’s Marcialonga Running is the last step of the Combined event ‘Punto3 Craft’, together with the Marcialonga Cycling Craft and last January’s ski-marathon. Italy’s Ivan Debertolis and Arianna Mazzel will play at home and attempt to grab the final success.

Entries to the 12th Marcialonga Running are still open and cost € 30 until Friday (race packet included).

The Minirunning event for kids aged between 6 and 12 is also scheduled on Sunday morning in Cavalese town centre at 10am.