Wilson Kipkemei Busienei and Hellen Jepkurgat won the 3rd Moonlight Half Marathon
Jesolo, May 25, 2013 – The Ugandan, Wilson Kipkemei Busienei and the Kenyan, Hellen Jepkurgat won the 3rd Moonlight Half Marathon. Hellen Jepkurgat set also the new course record: 1h11'52" (the previous one was 1h16’28” set by Meryem Lamachi in 2011).

The Kenyan runner lives in Siena and runs for the Running Club Futura. Hellen started the race on a fast pace passing by the 10th Km  mark in 33’39" and one minute ahead the other Kenyan athlete Sylvia Kibiego who finished the race at the second place in 1h16’52” before the Paduan runner, winner of last year edition Giovanna Pizzato, who finished the race in 1h19’38” under  a pouring rain which started few minute after to the first arrivals.


The pace of the men race was decided by the Africans,  Busienei, Simukeka and Bii, since the beginning of the race passing by the half race mark after 30’, while the other runners Ricatti, Boudalia and Montorio were following the head of the race half minute behind them.

 

The face-off between the Ugandan Busienei and the Rwandan Simukeka became harder in the last kilometers, at the beginning of the last home straight along via Bafile, and ended at the finish line when the two runners arrived shoulder to shoulder.  The victory went to Busienei, second Simukeka, third Peter Bii and forth

Domenico Ricatti who declared to be happy of his performance.


The race started at 8 pm from Cavallino Treporti and arrived in Piazza Mazzini in Jesolo.
Among the 3,500 starters there was also an important Italian Minister Gaetano Quagliariello, who finished the distance in 2h02’14”, despite the pouring rain in the last kilometers. After the race the Minister congratulated the organizers about the quality of the race and the beauty of the race course.


Venicemarathon Club is very happy about the race and the results both of the participants and the spectators who despite the rain supported the athletes. Also the Majors of the towns that hosted the race are happy about the race results Valerio Zoggia, Major of Jesolo and Claudio Orazio, Major of Cavallino who co-organized the race together with the Organizing Committee and who awarded the winners of this great race.


Along the race course the music groups entertained both runners and spectators. A special structure was built as a mobile hospital to give assistance to runners in need of help and on the race day Franco Gabrielli, head of the Civil Protection, checked personally that it was perfectly set up and ready to assist patients.


MEN RACE
1) Wilson Kipkemei Busienei (Uga) 1h04’52”
2) Jean Baptiste Simukeka (Rwa)1h04’52”
3) Uga Peter Bii (Ken) 1h05’10”
4) Domenico Ricatti (C.S. Aeronautica Militare) 1h06’39”
5) Said Boudalia (Atl.Biotekna Marcon) 1h07’07”
6) Alberto Montorio (Aeronautica Militare) 1h08’25”
7) Lucio Sacchet (Atl.Feltre) 1h10’03”

WOMEN RACE
1) Hellen Jepkurgat (Ken)1h11’52”
2) Silvia Kibiego (Ken) 1h16’52”
3) Giovanna Pizzato (Essetre Running) 1h19’38”
4) Monia Capelli (Atl. Vittorio Veneto) 1h21’16”
5) Ilaria Castiglioni (Atl. Brescia 1950) 1h21’32”
6) Maurizia Cunico (Rhodigium Team A.S.D.) 1h24’02”
7) Monica Carlin (Gs Valsugana Trentino) 1h24’52”
Domenico Ricatti at the Moonlight Half Marathon on Saturday May 25
The athlete from Apulia declares: “I love to have fun while running and I want to do so in Jesolo.
Veneto has always brought me good luck and I am fond of Venicemarathon staff”

Venice, May 20, 2013 - Domenico Ricatti loves to run in Veneto and is fond of Venicemarathon staff. After the 4th place at the last year marathon, the Apulian athlete tries again to do its best next May 25 at the 3rd Moonlight Half Marathon, the international half marathon organized by Venicemarathon Club in cooperation with the Jesolo City Council and the Cavallino Treporti City Council.

On Saturday evening Domenico Ricatti will be one of the most favourite athletes of the moonlight race which starts at 8 p.m. in Cavallino, runs along the shore and arrives in Jesolo in Piazza Mazzini

Domenico is the 2011 Italian Champion of the 10,000 meters and the Italian champion on the 10 K road race in 2012. He loves to run in Veneto as it brings him good luck. In fact last October 28 he arrived  4th at the Venicemarathon despite the severe weather conditions and last April 21 in Padua he was able to revise his personal best time on the marathon distance: 2h15’16”. On the half marathon distance his personal best time is 1h04’00” ran in 2011 in Pieve di Cento. He is trained by Piero Incalza and he runs for the air force team. He lives between Modena, where his trainer lives, Bracciano, location of his team and Barletta where he was born and lives.

“I love to remind people to the fact that I come from the same town of Pietro Mennea a legend for me! – these are the words of Domenico - After the adventure of the Venicemarathon of last year nothing can scare me anymore. The severe weather conditions toughened both the body and the spirits therefore the rain at the Maratona di Sant’Antonio couldn’t stop me besides I was even able to do my personal best time. Next Saturday I want to run following my pace and I am sure I will have fun therefore it will be a great feast that I would like to share with the public in Jesolo”.

The fast and spectacular race course could even see the setting of the new course record. Last year the young Kenyan Robert Chemosin established the course record: 1h03’31”.
3rd Moonlight Half Marathon Saturday, May 25
The 3rd edition of the Moonlight Half Marathon is getting closer and it is already a great success: both in registrations and in countries represented at the event! In fact the cap of the race has been reached. This international half marathon organized by the Venicemarathon Club together with the City Council of Jesolo and the one of Cavallino Treporti is well appreciated by foreign runners and this year the countries represented are 36.

Everything is ready for this third edition which starts at 8 pm from Lungomare San Felice in Cavallino Treporti and finishes in Piazza Mazzini in Jesolo.

The headquarters of the event is the Moonlight Village, the location where athletes have to come and pick their bib number up. Here they will start their adventure. The village is in Piazza Mazzini in Jesolo and it is open Friday, May 24 (from 3 to 9 pm) and Saturday, May 25 (from 9 am to 11 pm)

The nicest 2013 novelty is the live streaming video of the whole race which could be watched from 7.45 pm both on the official website of the race www.venicemarathon.it and on a mega screen set up in Piazza Mazzini in Jesolo. The race will also be pre recorded and broadcasted on RaiSport.

Along the race course there will be many music groups which will entertain spectators and will try to ease the tiredness of runners.

Athletes and curiosities
The favourite athletes are Domenico Ricatti and Giovanna Pizzato. Domenico Ricatti loves to run in Veneto and is fond of Venicemarathon team. The Apulian athlete tries again to do its best here at the 3rd Moonlight Half Marathon after the 4th place at the Venicemarathon of last year. Domenico is the 2011 Italian Champion of the 10,000 meters and the Italian champion on the 10 K road race in 2012. On the half marathon distance his personal best time is 1h04’00” ran in 2011 in Pieve di Cento. He is trained by Piero Incalza and he runs for the air force team. He will try to give a hard time to Wilson Busienei Kipkemei, whose personal best time is 1h01’39”, Jean Baptiste Simukeka (1h02’24”) and to Peter Bii (1h02’49”). Other good runners are Said Boudalia (1h03’30”) and Alberto Montorio.

After the victory of the Moonlight Half Marathon of last year Giovanna Pizzato has started to live a second sports life. Her personal best time is 1h15’40” and she will try to give a hard time to the Kenyan Helen Jepkurgat (1h11’16”) and Sylvia Kibiego Jepchirchir (1h14’36”) and to Maurizia Cunico and Monica Carlin.

The fast and spectacular race course could even see the setting of the new course record, the actual race course records were set by Robert Chemosin (Ken): 1h03’31” in 2012 and by Meryem Lamachi (Mar) 1h16’28” in 2011.

The registration cap was finally reached and the registrations have been closed. A great increase was registered by the foreign runners that reach number 500 and the countries represented have passed from 26 to 36. Out of these 36, 10 are from the rest of the world: over 60 runners come from USA. Almost all Italian regions are represented. These numbers show that the event is able to generate a tourism flow in a low season period and to create a new economic impact on the territory.
The 3rd Moonlight Half Marathon is getting closer to 3,000 registrations
The 3rd edition of the International Half Marathon from Cavallino Treporti to Jesolo will be run on 25th May
In few days the purchasing of the Walk of Life – Telethon bib-numbers for the 28th Venicemarathon will start

Venice, 8th May 2013 – After the great success of the first edition of the Venice Running Day which took place last 28th April, the Venicemarathon Staff is now getting ready for the 3rd Moonlight Half Marathon of next 25th May

The shore which connects Cavallino Treporti to Jesolo will see again the runners of the international half marathon organized by Venicemarathon together with the City Council of Jesolo and the City Council of Cavallino Treporti.

The race starts as always at sunset time (at 8 p.m.) from Lungomare San Felice in Cavallino and finishes in the heart of Jesolo, in Piazza Mazzini. The fast and picturesque race course snakes along the Venetian Lagoon, passing by breathtaking landscapes colored by the sunset lights.

The night race has become a must for many runners thanks to the fascinating landscapes: the sea, the beach and the organizing quality of the Venicemarathon staff. This is confirmed by the number of the applications already received almost 3,000. Therefore the participant cap fixed at 3,500 bib numbers has almost been reached. All information on how to register, pay and services included are at athletes' disposal on www.venicemarathon.it. Next 15th May the registration fee will pass from 27 Euros to 32 Euros.

Right in these days the purchasing of the charity bib numbers connected to the 28th Venicemarathon will start. As in the past 1,000 bib numbers will be devoted to the charity projects supported by Venicemarathon. This year a new charity partner will enter the race: it is the Walk of Life Project carried on by Telethon. Thanks to this project the runners who will buy a Walk of Life bib number run to support people affected by genetic diseases and are waiting for treatments. Once more running a marathon will be not only fun and passion but a moment to support someone who is in need of help. Bib numbers will soon be available on the website: www.venicemarathon.it and purchasable online.

The campaign to support the charity projects started last April in San Giuliano Park with the Venice Running Day, goes on with the Moonlight Half Marathon in Piazza Mazzini in Jesolo and will finish with the Venicemarathon next 27th October.
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