Maratona di Roma



Boston is the world's oldest marathon
New York is the most famous
Berlin is the fastest
London has the best top runners
Chicago is amongst the best
but The Rome City Marathon runs across the history of the world

From the early 900s to date, in the streets and squares of the Eternal City, have ventured famous myths of international running. On 2 April 1906 Dorando Pietri triumphed in Piazza di Siena in Villa Borghese, amongst cheering crowds, stamping is place in historic as a great athlete from the Emilia region. Two years later, he was victorious at the Olympic Games in London, in what has become the icon of the Marathon itself. The incredible effort of Abebe Bikila, who, bare footed "flew” across the Appian illuminated by thousands of torches, to triumph under the Arch of Constantine at the Rome Olympic marathon in 1960. Another legend is the Kenyan-Japanese Douglas Wakiihuri: on the 6th September 1987 he won the World Championship marathon in front of Ahmed Saleh and the Italian Gelindo Bordin who went on to win the Boston Marathon in 1990.

March 12. The Rome Marathon is taken over by a new organization and management team. It seems that victory is likely to go the Ethiopian, Turbo, who continued at great speeds even far beyond the half-marathon point with a predicted finishing time of 2:06 however towards in the last miles, he no longer holds his rhythm with victory going to his fellow countryman Tadesse, who triumphs ahead of the Tanzanian Ikaji and another Ethiopian Jillo. In the women’s field two Eastern European athletes dominate, with first place going to the Russian, Elena Sipatova, and second to the Ukrainian, Sklyarenko.

March 24 The Ethiopia once again wins single handedly in the streets of Rome. Is this the spirit that Abebe Bikila intended for his Ethiopian athletes coming to Rome? Not exactly, but just as the soldier from the National Guard triumphed in Rome during the 1960 Olympics, the 23-year old soldier Moges Taye wins the men’s category, while his female country member, Fatuma Roba, also a soldier, storms past Italian Ornella Ferrara after 21st kilometers to win the race. A few months later, Fatuma Roba becomes Olympic Champion in Atlanta.
Third marathon, third Ethiopian victory. Dube Jillo (third in 1995), who at the 30th kilometer breaks from the pack that included his co-national Moges Taye. Among the women it was the Estonian Jane Salumae, ex Soviet Union Champion.
Italy triumphs with the victory Stefano Baldini, setting a new course record. Race tactics – he runs hidden up to km 35 where he increase his pace breaking the rhythm of the north Africans winning in a time of 2:09:33. Women: Franca Fiacconi from Italy who after six months goes on to win in New York.
Victory goes to Kenya with Philip Tanui, brother of the famous Moses. He arrives in Rome declaring he a novice and is running as a pacemaker only but, in fact, competed at Turin Marathon back in 1995. Maura Viceconte is the winner of the female competition, after having broken away from the usual Estonian, Salumae, at the 21st kilometer mark.
The 2000 edition is truly a special one. It is the Jubilee year and the entire city, as well as the entire country is concentrating all its efforts on this event. The race takes place on January 1st. The most fascinating and emotional aspect is that His Holiness Pope John Paul II, gave his blessing and well wishes before the start of the race in St. Peter’s Square.
The race is dominated by renown champions: Kenyan Josephat Kiprono and Tegla Lorupe, amongst the filed – both world record holders.

Italy again – especially in the women’s field which was won by Maria Guida. In the men’s field, Ottavio Andriani does everything to be victorious but looses by 2 seconds only in the final sprint. Victory for Henry Cherono from Kenya.
A surprise amongst the women. This time it is Maria Cocchetti from Italy, an outsider who wins at the age of 36 years beating the Ethiopian Gadisse Edato by 30 seconds.
The men’s field is dominated by African athletes with Vincent Kipsos and Steven Matebo taking 1st and 2nd positions respectively and the Ethiopian Moges Taye 3rd.

Gloria Marconi debuts in her 1st marathon and wins!
In the men's field it is always a Cherono who impose himself: he is called Frederick wins with a margin of only ten seconds over Alberico Di Cecco.
The tenth edition had over 9,100 new members registered for the marathon, an Italian record of participants. Italy dominated: Ornella Ferrara won with a time of 2:27:49 in front of Bruna Genovese and Rosalba Console. All three gaining a placed at the Athens Olympics. In the men's race Ruggero Pertile (2:10:12) wins in front of Migidio Bourifa.
10,200 registered participants establishing yet again an Italian record. Alberico Di Cecco wins the marathon and the womens race is won by the Russian Skvortsova in 2:28:01.

12,000 show up at the start line and for the first time in the history of the marathon in Italy, 10,000 athletes finish the race, almost half from 72 different nations. After two years of Italian victories, Africa returns to reign the streets of Rome with a victory by Kenyan Mandango Kipkorir (2:08:38). Right behind him, however, is Italian Daniele Caimmi. Among the women, the Eastern winds prevail with a victory by Ukrainian Tetyana Hladyr with a time of 2:25:44.
The Maratona di Roma definitely confirmed its reputation in the 13th edition with a record number of finisher: 11,895 and 11,946 including the physically challenged. 45 thousand starters for the 4km fun race. In the 42km there is a surprise win from the Kenyan Chelimo Elias Chemboi with a time of 2:09:36. In the womens field, the Algerian Souad Ait Salem wins in a time of 2:25:08 whilst a world record of 2:31:59 is established in the "blind” category by the Italian Andrea Cionna.
Great running by Galina Bogomolova won the XIV edition in 2:22:53, setting a new astonishing record on Italian territory, breaking Margaret Okayo's 2:24:59 by more than two minutes. Among the men Jonathan Yego Kiptoo prevailed with a victory and ran in 2:09:58 beating Philip Kimutai Sanga. The fun run achieves 65 thousand entries.
Richard Whitehead, the physically challenged athlete who had his leg amputated above his knee runs becomes a star at Rome marathon.

Rome becomes the fastest marathon in Italy. Benjamin Kiptoo Koulum from Kenya, pushes hard and crosses the finish line with a superb 2:07:17 followed by 10 other Kenyans directly behind. The women race is won by Firehiwot Dado in 2:27:08. More than 92,000 people at the starting line of the marathon including the Fun Run (approximately 80,000): a European record of participation.
Barefoot, 50 years later, just like Abebe Bikila ran through the Constantine's Arch at the Rome Olympic Marathon in 1960, Ethiopian runner Siraj Gena wins the 2010 Rome Marathon with no shoes having taken them off 300 hundred meters before the finish. He set a respectful time of 2:08:39. All 3 steps of the podium is occupied by Ethiopian athletes on the women’s field with Firehiwot Dado Tufa triumphing for the second year in a row improving her time to 2:25:58.
To remember the legendary win of Bikila, of which this edition of the Rome marathon was dedicated to, around 100,000 runners in both the marathon and 4k participated.
The same year, Runner’s world UK – the bible of world running, names The Rome City Marathon as the most beautiful marathon on earth.

For the 1st time the Rome Marathon is recognized by the IAAF and is awarded the Gold label, the only one in Italy. This time to respect the great Bikila, it’s the women who finish the race removing her shoes before crossing the finish line done by the Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado who for the 3rd time wins the Rome Marathon in a time of 2:24:13. In November the same year, Dado went on to win the New York marathon. In the mens field, victory for the Kenyan Dickson Chumba Kiptolo in 2:08:45. With 12,657 finishers, the marathon sets a new record in Italy. In this edition, on the streets of Rome during the marathon, the short movie PUROSANGUE is filmed.
Double Kenyan victory at the 18th editions of the ACEA Rome Marathon. The 24 year old Kenyan Luka Lokobe Kanda wins in 2:08:04, with the 34-year old Hellen Kimutai crossing the finish line in 2:31:11 winning the women's race. Kanda surged from the pack at the 30 km mark, and finished with the 3rd best time ever run in Rome. Almost no competition in the hand bikers race: Alex Zanardi triumphs in 1.11:46 shaving more than 4 minutes from his own previous racecourse record (1:15:53).
Ethiopian 30-year-old Getachew Terfa Negari wins the men’s race in 2:07:56, second best time for the marathon, beating his compatriot Girmay Birhanu Gebru, who ran in a time of 2:08:11. 
In the women’s competition, victory went to the 36-year-old Kenyan Helena Kirop in 2:24:40. Third best time to be ran in Rome.
The Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi establishes himself once again with his 3rd victory in the hand bike category with a time of 1:12:15 – a new record.

2014 is twice special: thanks to Max's public relations activities, Maratona di Roma and New Balance signed a multi-year sponsorship deal. At the same time, PUROSANGUE athletes ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th in the men's field and 1st in the women'race, though their final times were not particularly fast due to the heavy rain that fell steadily for the entire marathon. Double Ethiopian victory: in the men's competition victory went to Hailu Legese Shume with the time of 2:09:50 while among the women Geda Ayelu Lemma prevailed in 2:34:49.

Double Ethiopian victory at the 21^ editions of the ACEA Rome Marathon. Despite a rainy and windy day, the 30 year old Abebe Negewo Degefa wins in 2:12:23. In the women's field the first place goes to the 21 year old Deseret Kitata Tolwak in 2:30:25. After 10 years both the male and the female podium is occupied by two Italian athletes: Jamel Chatbi and Deborah Toniolo who cross the finish line respectively in 2:14:04 and 2:36:30.

22^ editions of the ACEA Rome Marathon: victory goes to Kenya with Amos Kipruto in 2h08'12" and to Ethiopia with Tusa Rahma in 2h28'49". Those athletes are the last winners that have been scouted by Max and his team. In fact in 2016 Max ends his collaboration with the Rome Marathon and after 15 years Max and Nico will follow new challenges. At the moment the new challenge that ASD SKY RUNNER and PUROSANGUE have decided to take is going where we have never been before. We dare to "follow the uncertain path starting from the bottom. We decided to follow our instinct. Thanks to all the team: NICO - BLANCA - KATIA - FEDERICA - MASSIMO - CRISTIANO - GIANLUCA - SANDRO - STEFANO".


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