Over 1100 attendances, a statistical study will find out behavior and habits Anti-terrorism security measures for all participants safety
VERONA – This morning the splendid Sala Arazzi of the Town hall of Verona hosted the official presentation of the 16th Agsm Veronamarathon. A race competition that will take place this Sunday, November 19th, starting in “Corso Porta Nuova” at 9 am .
Event organized by Asd Gaac 2007 and Veronamarathon Eventi Srl, together with the City of Verona. Three distances of competitions: the 42,195km international Iaaf and Aims race marathon; the 21,097km Cangrande Half Marathon and the last 10km charity, one competitive and one non competitive race.
On Saturday morning November 18th, the prologue with school students in Corribra.
Foreign countries – Agsm Veronamarathon, which will be watchable all over the world thanks to direct streaming on Sunday morning. Three hours where the artistic beauties and not only of Verona will be highlighted, a great spot for the city and also for the race.
Thanks to this kind of initiatives and promotional activities of the past years, this edition 2017 is reaching higher numbers of participants, is stronger than in past. “On Sunday morning the three distances will be run by more than 10,000 runners– says Matteo Bortolaso, Vice President of Veronamarathon Events – Only on the 42km marathon today, with still open registrations, there are over 3300 enrolled, in Cangrande Half Marathon over 3100 registered, while the rest will participate in the Last 10.
The number of foreign runners has dramatically increased, more than 1100 total today, with 17% in the marathon and over 20% in the half marathon. The nation most represented is Croatia with 218 athletes, followed by England with 150 participants, Germany with 141 and then Austria, Switzerland and France. Relevant note, the British in 2016 were 27, the Germans, the first nation, just over 100. It is curious to see that foreigns have exceeded the number of Veronese who are always numerous and that we thank for their support and presence in the marathon of their city “
QUESTIONNAIRE – the organizers and the Statistics Office of the City of Verona created a questionnaire in 4 languages. The aim is to study in deep the success of VeronaMarathon with foreign participants. It will measure the level of satisfaction and it will find out behaviors of foreign participants while staying in the Scaliger city. The questionnaire will be sent to everyone by email in the days after the race. The collection of the official data will be an important database for the future.
“It is an event that gives great glory to the city of Verona, so many are the passionate runners who will come to run from all over Europe, and not only – said Filippo Rando, Sport Councilor of the city – City of Verona is delighted to support Agsm Veronamarathon, thank you for organizers, Order’s forces, and for many volunteers that will be helping on Sunday. A “good luck”to all participants for the race that will also be valid for Italian Championship.”
“Tourism and Culture department is close to an sporting event like this, but Agsm Veronamarathon is something special and the UNESCO-sponsored path is the emblem of this proximity”- said Francesca Briani, Councilor for Tourism and Culture . “Our artistic and architectural beauties are appreciated, and with direct streaming everything is not limited to the 10.000 runners, but also for all those who can follow us with a simple internet connection. Long life to this marathon. ”
For the first time at the ‘Marathon microphones’, the President of Agsm Michele Croce: “This is an international event, Agsm has interest in promoting this kind of events because our plans are at national level. The charity Last 10km race with 14 No Profit Organizations is fundamental to our relationship and it makes us happy to support this competition. From now on, we will always support only real solidarity events. “
SECURITY PLAN – With three different paths, the city of Verona will not be easy to guard, the intervention of Luigi Altamura, Municipal Police Commander: “since three months we are working hard for next Sunday safety path. We are experiencing terrorist alerts and for security reasons we will take security measures as requested by the Prefect and the Police Head officer of Verona. During departure time, in the maximum inflow and massing, there will be trucks placed – not to create any alarm but to protect and give security to all runners and their families-. On Sunday morning there will be over 70 Municipal Police Agents in the field, I would like to thank them for their professionalism.I would also like to thank the organizers that, in addition to analyze anti-terrorism security, for the first time they have made an ’emergency management plan’ according to Decree Gabrielli after tragic events in Piazza San Carlo, Turin”.
SARA SIMEONI – As far as Fidal is concerned, the champion Sara Simeoni, vice president of the Veneto Regional Committee, said: “Knowing that the marathon of Verona is growing and is increasingly important is great. It is not limited to the field but it creates an induction that affects the whole community. This Marathon with its contribution supports young people doing sports”.