Italian runner Massimiliano "Max" Monteforte was born in Rome, on March 24th 1972.
At the age of six he wore his 1st competitive shirt, running on the out skirts of Rome for "Atletica La Rustica" club. In this very area, his passion for running initiated and continues to blossom each day. In his competitive career, Max climbed on the top step of the podium in 132 races and earned sponsorships with Mizuno, Reebok and New Balance.
A middle-distance RUNNER at heart, he has clocked 1.52.06 in 800m; 3.50.06 in 1500m; 8.16.4 in 3000m; 9.02.32 in 3000m steeplechase and 14.25.9 in 5000m.
Results which propelled Max in the prestigious "Centro Sportivo della Forestale" (Italian Forest Rangers Police Corps). In June of 2006 he was part of the Italian Ultra marathon national team at the 100km European Championships in Belgium.
Today, he continues to compete on an amateur level for PUROSANGUE ATHLETICS CLUB, an elite sports club founded with his business partner Nico Pannevis.
On the 31st December 2016 he had run 104,949 km; every single km is documented in his athletic diaries.
In 2002, The ROME CITY MARATHON nominates him responsible of the Top Runners division and directly responsible for scouting for new emerging talents, negotiating contracts and fees. Under his supervision, the 2005 Rome City Marathon achieves average time for the first three male runners of 2:08:08, making it the third fastest 42,195m in the world that year, seconds behind world renown Chicago (2:07:08) and London (2:07:55) marathons.
In 2006, with more than ten thousand runners that cross the finish line, combined with fast winning times both for men and women, The Rome City Marathon gains its entry in the world's Top Ten marathon list, with a seventh place for accuracy ahead of the Queen of all Marathons, the famous New York City Marathon.
Between 2008 and 2009 the Rome Marathon achieves another great leap, Max manages to bring two great champions to compete. In 2008, the Russian athlete Galina Bogomolova achieves the world’s 5th best performance of the year, improving her time to 2:22:53 and setting a new marathon record achieved on Italian soil. In 2009, the Kenyan Kiptoo Benjamin, with a winning time of 2:07:17, set a new marathon record on Italian soil in the men's field.
In 2016, after 15 years of collaboration with the most important Italian marathon, Max decides to resign and take new international challenges.
Max Monteforte since 1996 maintains his officer status with the Forest Rangers corps and in 2006 his coaching talent receives a boost as he is nominated athletics coach of the ITALIAN MODERN PENTATHLON NATIONAL TEAM in running.
In August 2006, his athletes Riccardo De Luca, Luigi Quarto and Nicola Benedetti win the World Juniors title in the relay event in Shanghai.
A victory that is reconfirmed in Portugal in 2007 (with Riccardo De Luca, Federico Giancamilli and Pierpaolo Petroni), and again repeated in Egypt the following year in 2008 (with Lorenzo Certelli, Federico Giancamilli and Pierpaolo Petroni).
In 2016 he goes to the Olympic Games in RIO as running coach. Among his athletes, Pierpaolo Petroni and Riccardo De Luca (both belong to the Gruppo Sportivo Carabinieri) perform particularly well with Riccardo who ranks 5°, only one second away from the bronze medal.
Since 1st January 2017, with the amalgamation of the Forestry Corps with the Carabinieri, Max Monteforte was transferred to the Carabinieri Sports Centre, in the section for Modern Pentathlon, Triathlon and Cycling, as technical coach/running instructor.
As a coach he won 9 titles in the Italian junior category and one in the open class.
Most athletes he coaches are long distant runners follow a specific training program.
In 1990 Max graduated at the institute "Roberto Rossellini" the state school for photography, film and TV. His professional specialization is in PHOTOGRAPHY and PHOTOJOURNALISM, an essential experiences that allow him, together with his passion for cinema and writing to create in 2011 and 2012 a short film called PUROSANGUE.
As a prolific writer, in 1995 he founded the athletics magazine "Tartan" which he directed until 1999.
In 2003 he published the book "Correva l’anno…" and the English version of "Running above the clouds". In 2008, with friends Piccioni, Bonarrigo and Giambalvo, they print another book "Da Filippide a Miguel".
For many years he has written for "CORRERE", the most important and widely distributed magazine on running and athletics in Italy.
In 2013 along with Catia Proietti, he completed the screenplay PUROSANGUE.