Great day of running on the streets of the capital, with over 2500 runners who ran in the heart of Rome at the Rome21k and the Rome10k, the two running events organized by the Forhans Team. To kick off the half marathon, which was valid as an absolute, junior and promising Italian Championship, were the FIDAL President Stefano Mei, the FIDAL Councilor Carlo Cantales and the Lazio Region Sport Delegate Roberto Tavani.
At 8.30, the women’s race started from via dei Fori Imperiali, followed by the men’s one, and the route wound through the heart of the capital, crossing, among the most famous places, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Bocca della Verità, Via di Porta Castello with a view of St. Peter’s Square, the central stretches of the Lungotevere, Piazza Augusto Imperatore, Piazza di Spagna, Via del Corso up to the arrival in via dei Fori Imperiali with a view of the Colosseum. At 9.15 am, on the same starting line, the start of the competitive Rome10k is open to all. Exceptional runner Massimiliano Rosolino. It was a great running party, with amateurs coming from all over Italy and also from France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Peru, Poland, Spain and South Africa.
The Rome21k was won by the athlete from Burundi Francine Niyomukunzi (Atl.Castello) in 1h10: 47, second on the finish line and winner of the absolute Italian title Giovanna Epis of CS Carabinieri in 1h11: 00: third on the finish line and second for the championship Italian Rebecca Lonedo (Atl. Vicentina) in 1: h11: 06, ninth overall and third for the Italian championship Fatna Maraoui of the CS Army in 1h15: 32.
“I came here to win and I won – declared the new Italian Epis champion -. I put my soul, my heart, everything into it. I ran strong from the start, without fear, and here it was possible to run well. At the twentieth kilometer I thought I had lost the title, but then something snapped inside me, I told myself that the race started there and I did it ”.
In the men’s field, the winner of the Rome21k was the Kenyan Panuel Mkungo of Atletica Castello who finished in 1h02: 29, ahead of compatriot Joel Maina Mwangi (ASD Dinamo Sport) in 1h02: 30 and the blue Iliass Aouani of Athletics Casone Noceto who became the absolute Italian champion in 1h02: 57, hitting poker in 2021 after the victories of the Italian cross titles, ten kilometers on the road and 10,000 on the track. In second place for the overall Italian championship was Aouani’s teammate, Alberto Mondazzi who in 1h03’22 finished fifth overall, and in third Nadir Cavagna (Atletica Val Brembana) in 1h03: 31 (sixth overall).
“I’m really happy for the Italian title, the fourth of my season – said Aouani at the end of the race. No one had ever succeeded before and I was particularly keen. The course was challenging, I hoped for better for the time trial but today the legs were what they were ”.
The Italian title in the promising category was won by Pasquale Selvarolo (Atl. Casone Noceto) in 1h05: 38, the junior one by Federico Rondoni (Calcestruzzi Corradini) in 1h08: 57. Finally, in the women’s field, Sara Nestola (Calcestruzzi Corradini) won the promising Italian title in 1h16: 34.