Marcialonga Running welcomes kenyans over 1300 participants amongst the dolomites

21 Aug 2013 15:05
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

Isaac Toroitich Kosgei and Kiplagat Samoei confirmed at the start next 1st September Italy’s Leonardi, Mosca, Chiera, Grasso Silvestro and Achmüller battle it out.
Over 1300 participants in Trentino region from 18 nations Fassa and Fiemme alpine valleys back on the saddle with a new Marcialonga event.

When it comes to endurance running and marathons, Kenyans rule, there is no doubt about it. Six out of the first ten times of the Marcialonga Running event in Italy’s Trentino region have been won by Africans and next 1st September they are coming back to grab the seventh, there is no doubt about it.

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Isaac Toroitich Kosgei and Micah Kiplagat Samoei come from Kenya and are members of the Austrian project named Run2gether, the aim of which is to provide Kenyan athletes, their families and lots of enthusiastic young runners with the opportunity and appropriate basic conditions to help themselves to finance and master their lives through running. Everything is done together with Austrian runners in order to create a stronger team where athletes can give each other mutual support from several points of view.

Kosgei’s personal best in half marathon is 1:03’56", but he recently took part in several running events at altitude, which is good as the eventual part of the Marcialonga Running race is quite steep towards the finish line in Cavalese. Samoei’s personal best in half marathon is 1:04’’12", while in marathon is 2:14’32".

Italians Massimo Leonardi, Alberto Mosca, Franco Chiera, Claudio Grasso Silvestro and Hermann Achmüller won’t have an easy battle at all then next 1st September when over 1300 runners will be gathering in Moena, ready to ride the 25,5k long race from Moena to Cavalese. Two Intermediate Sprint lines are set in Lago di Tesero (Enervit) and Masi di Cavalese (Salomon – HM).

The 2013 Marcialonga Running is the last step of the Combined event ‘Punto3 Craft’, together with the recent Marcialonga Cycling Craft and last January’s ski-marathon.

Marcialonga Running track record of 1:19’.25” was set last year by Italian Giovanni Gualdi.