Night Marathon : Roberto Stagnetti's Interview

30 Mar 2008 23:42
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race Interview

Roberto Stagnetti, the president of the Night Marathon has accepted to answer a few questions to let us discover the second edition of the Night Marathon in Italy.

Roberto Stagnetti

Hello Roberto, on June 6th, you’ll be organizing the Night Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located? NightMarathon 2008 will be held in Jesolo and Cavallino Treporti, two wonderful beach places very close to Venice (only 15 Km far). You can reach us by car or by plane at Venice Airport. Jesolo is the longest beach in Europe that await for runners to give them a thousand of entertainment programs: sea and beach sports activities, tournaments and competitions of every kind for folks of every age, all along 15 km of a golden sand. Cavallino Treporti is a land suspended between the sea and lagoon, an extraordinarily beautiful Nature Park, a unique location to be visited and to be loved in a pure freedom way, where Mother Nature is respected and beloved, where hospitality and warmness is a must. Beaches and pinewoods, orchards, hundreds of calm channels, allows You to have a deep relaxing holiday, and brings you naturally to walk alone on the desert sand, take a bike and have a visit of beautiful ancient boroughs, and have a really heartbreaker sunset on the Venice lagoon.

How old is the marathon and why was it created in the first place? This is the second edition; we thought to start this project because there weren’t any marathons at night in Italy.

It is a night marathon. What is so special about a night race? A wonderful sunset on the venitian lagoon will be matched with a long way in a loneliness-like emotions and quite darkness one. And at the end, in Jesolo, an extraordinarily warm public exciting you on the trace will make this race an unforgettable one.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it? The route is totally flat and very scenic; runners could improve themselves in the Half Marathon competitive race or in the Full Marathon one. It’s not so easy to describe an intense emotion, just try it!

What formalities do international runners need to fulfill to run your race? Foreign runners do have to subscribe themselves only via electronic form on our web portal and sign up an “organizing disclaimer letter” when picking up the bib on the race day at the expo.

How many runners do you expect on Saturday night? What type of runners do you plan to attract? We expect from 4.000 to 5.000 runners, both professional both amateurs.

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances? Yes indeed! We organize a very popular 4K “HappyMarathon” for families and for everyone who prefer not to “stress” themselves. Furthermore we organize a “Kids’ Run” for babies under 6 years.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect? During the daytime weather is quite warm (22° medium relevation) but you have to consider that starting time is scheduled at 8.30 pm, so that runners will have no problems with weather.

Have you planned festivities around the marathon? NightMarathon is already famous all over Europe for being a miscellaneous event: concerts, animations, an half pipe show, jokers and so on will be the other side of the moon of the official races

The marathon finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Jesolo before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing? In the daytime an endless series of refreshment stands, bars and restaurants along the beach provides food and drink to thousands of suntan buffs and people who just can’t get enough of the sun and the sea. But it’s just at night that you compare Jesolo as a firework! From 8 o’clock in the evening to 6 o’clock in the morning, Jesolo is open only to pedestrian traffic and thus becomes an unlimited, fantastic fun hourse brimming with merriment and a pinch of craziness where new trends in night life are created and then spread to become musts in Italy and abroad.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of 42k195 to make them register for the Night Marathon ? Just came for the Run, Let’s Stay for the Fun!

Thank you Roberto.

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