Martin Kiprotich signs the new record of the XXI Rosso Corri Trieste. Encore of the Gitonga

TRIESTE – It woke up under a downpour Trieste but just before the start a shy sun peeped out creating the conditions for the perfect outcome.

Nearly 400 at the start, a number predetermined to allow athletes to express themselves at their best even on a circuit course, and which did not allow to meet all the registration requests that arrived close to the race, accomplice to the spring weather, when by then the sold-out had been announced.

On Saturday, May 18, at the Riviera Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace hall , the presentation of the athletes had been held in the presence of Regional Councillor for Environmental Defense, Energy and Sustainable Development Fabio Scoccimarro, who also attended the event as well as FVG Congressman Walter Rizzetto.

Awarded as the largest companies GS San Giacomo and ASD Free Runners Trieste.

THE RESULTS – Prediction fulfilled, victory for Ugandan. Martin Magengo Kiprotich who crosses the finish line solo in 28’20”, a chrono that lowers the race record by 26″. “I am overjoyed, I ran in a time very close to my personal best and hit the course record, I would like to come back to improve.”, the winner’s comment. Also excellent was the performance of Ethiopian Ararso Negasa Gemeda, who, after last year’s victory, had to settle for the place of honor, achieved in 28’36”, which would still have earned him the new event record. Podium completed by Thomas Doney Oliver (Trieste Athletics) in 32’10”.

Also in the women’s category, the prediction that saw the Kenyan Caroline Makandi Gitonga (Run2Gether) to do an encore. The Kenyan finished her run in 31’43”, just above her own race record of 31’23”. “Perfect weather and very fast race, I am so happy, I will come back next year” said the winner. Behind her was multi-titled Croatian Matea Parlov Kostro who ended her labors in 33’03”, far more distant the first of the Italians Barbara Vassallo (Asd Pol. Atl. Bagheria) in 37’16”.

At the christening of this new route, the event marks the The fastest performance on Italian soil for 2024 both in the men’s, beating by a clear margin the 28’43” time of Yassin Bouih’s Yellow Flames in Reggio Emilia, and in the women’s, outperforming the time of the Italian Army’s Sofiia Yaremchuk, also in Reggio Emilia, by 31’52”.

“Our historic event was preceded by the Rosso di Sera Family Run on Friday evening, an absolutely exciting prelude that was followed by this wonderful day. With the men’s record and the best performances of the year on Italian soil, both in the men’s and women’s categories, we reap the fruits of our efforts and the collaboration of partners, institutions and volunteers, to whom our thanks go, but also of the trust of the athletes who participated, this year more than ever also from as many as 22 foreign nations” – the comment of Silvia Gianardi, President of Asd Promorun. “For next year we are working on some electrifying novelties, we will unveil them later, now we have to focus our attention on the #100UniTs Corsa dei Castelli and 2nd International Road Race U23 on Sunday, October 20,” she concluded.

It was an incredible edition, a pure spectacle to watch the elegant running of the top runners at a pace of 2’48″/2’50″/km. The choice of the circuit course rewarded us; not only did we offer the public a chance to enjoy the challenge between athletes, but the XXI Rosso Corri Trieste earned the title of best performance on Italian soil in 2024 for both men and women. In our DNA there has always been a focus on a high-profile technical competition, we will continue to work in this direction.” the comment of Technical Race Director and former blue athlete Michele Gamba.

“I congratulate Promorun for organizing this event, we as Sport and Health will always be close to events where sport becomes an opportunity for inclusion and fun and a tool for health,” the comment of Paolo Rossi, Delegate of Sport and Health.

“On behalf of the federation, I express our pride in Promorun’s ability to organize high-level events ,” said Fidal Trieste provincial committee vice president Arturo D’Ascanio.

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