The 12th Honda Jesolo Moonlight Half Marathon - 10K and Alì Family Run scheduled for the evening of Saturday 20 May was presented today in Jesolo.
There are also many members of the Alì Family Run.

Venice, 16 May 2023 - The curtain rises on the 12th edition of the Honda Jesolo Moonlight Half Marathon - 10K & Alì Family Run, the spectacular international road running event scheduled for Saturday 20 May, organized by Venicemarathon, with the patronage and collaboration with the City of Jesolo, the support of Jesolo Turismo and titled this year by the Japanese brand Honda.

Also this year the race is one step away from the sold out of the 5,500 bibs, with athletes from 35 foreign countries and many are registered for the 3K Alì Family Run.

The 'moonlight' event was presented this morning in the Municipality of Jesolo in the presence of the mayor Christofer De Zotti, the councilor for sport Marina Borin, the president of Venicemarathon Piero Rosa Salva, the general coordinator Lorenzo Cortesi and the administrator by Idea Venezia Stefano Fornasier.

"The Honda Jesolo Moonlight Half Marathon represents one of the most important elements of this month dedicated to sport - declares the mayor of Jesolo, Christofer De Zotti - A consolidated event, always much appreciated by those with kilometers on their legs but also by the families who participate at the Family Run. A package that is completed with the Moonlight Village and the Moonlight Party, capable of bringing a real party to piazza Milano"

"In Jesolo you can already breathe the air of competition and celebration, and this atmosphere is all the result of the approaching event - adds the councilor for sport of Jesolo, Martina Borin - A consolidated organization is a guarantee of the success of the event, everyone knows it and for this reason thousands sign up every year. For Jesolo it is a great new opportunity for visibility and qualification for the city".

The president of Venicemarathon Piero Rosa Salva is satisfied with the consolidated success of the event and with the constant and fruitful collaboration with the Municipal Administration: "I thank the city of Jesolo which has hosted us for twelve years, proving to be very welcoming, helpful and very collaborative. Our goal is to offer citizens an event in which they feel an active and integral part, capable at the same time of stimulating tourism and economic induced activities at the start of the season. We are also happy to combine this year with the first of the seven stages of the Alì Family Run, our social and sports promotion project dedicated to young people and families, which we offer in all the events we organize, in collaboration with Rotary 2060 and supported by Alì Supermarkets".

The nerve center of the event will be Piazza Milano, a stone's throw from the beach, where the Honda Jesolo Moonlight Village will be set up, animated for two full days - Friday 19 May (from 3 to 8 pm) and Saturday 20 May (from 9 to 23) - with activities of the sponsor companies and enlivened by so much good music from Radio Bellla & Monella and Radio Piterpan. The party will also continue immediately after the finish line at Parco Grifone with the Moonlight Party, dedicated to all participants and companions.

The departure of the 10K is scheduled for 19.30 from via Denmark and that of the 21K at 20.15 always from the same location, while the departure of the Alì Family Run is scheduled at 17.30 again from Piazza Miano. It will be possible to follow the live streaming of the race starting at 19.30 and online on the event's Facebook page.

As always, the half marathon route will be spectacular and fast and will offer an alternation of different naturalistic aspects such as the river, the pine forest, the promenade and the beach, combined with the romantic colors of the sunset and the charm of the sea, just as suggestive is the route of the 10K which to be exact measures 9.350 km. The two tracks will be completely closed to traffic thanks to the enormous work of the Civil Protection, the Local Police, the Traffic Police and the more than 200 people who will be in charge of the streets affected by the passage of the athletes.

"Also this year we are pleased to be close to sold out of the 5,500 bibs, the large number of foreigners present and the already numerous members of the Family Run, many of whom will presumably be family members and companions following the athletes. Our organizational model aims every time to be an integral part of the context in which it takes place and our commitment is constantly aimed at the maximum containment of the inconvenience that can be caused to citizens and respect for values that are an integral part of the community of Jesolo, such as sustainability, inclusion and sport for all: the Honda Jesolo Moonlight, with its formula over three distances and in all its services, embodies all these values - these the words of Lorenzo Cortesi.

In the half marathon, two well-known faces of the event return to the Jesolo coast: the Eritrean Shumay Mogos Solomon winner of the 2018 edition and the Kenyan Hosea Kimeli Kisorio, winner in 2014. Eyes also on the Kenyans Bernard Musau Wambua (pb 1h00'40” ), Isaac Kemboi Too, fresh winner of the Placentia Half Marathon which took place last May 7, and on the Burundians Oliver Irabaruta (national record holder in the marathon with 2h07'13”) and Onesphore Nzikwinkunda, who in the half marathon has a personal 1h01 '48”. In a blue key, the name of the blue steeplechase, originally from Morocco, Abdoullah Bamoussa (Atletica Brugnera Friulintagli) stands out, a specialist in the 3,000 steeplechase, who wore the blue shirt at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Together with him, the Sicilian airman, also a former blue fencer, winner of the Turin marathon in 2022 Giuseppe Gerratana, athlete followed by Gaspare Polizzi, who was mentor, among others, of Salvatore Antibo. There will also be the bearer of the Atl. Casone Noceto, the 24-year-old Lombard of Ethiopian origin Ademe Cuneo. In the women's field, the best accredited is the Kenyan Morine Gesare Michira (1h08'40") also winner of the half-time in Piacenza on 7 May. Also from Africa are the Rwandan Clementine Mukandanga and the Kenyan Cavaline Nahimana.

"Once again this year the cast is of an excellent level both for men and women. We have set up a very hard-fought race with athletes of different nationalities and all ready to give excellent chronometric performances, thanks also to the ever faster and smoother course" - so Stefano Fornasier.

Alì Family Run will help raise funds to support the parish of San Giovanni Battista, one of the most important Caritas centers in Jesolo and thanks to the collaboration with Rotary District 2060, the event will serve to spread the message of the important campaign 'Run to End Polio Now' to raise awareness among young people of the importance of fighting polio globally. Furthermore, on this occasion, thanks to the 'Double knot, forty 2.0' project, it will be possible to donate used running shoes (in good condition and washed before delivery) for people in need.

Also very happy with the initiative were Don Gianni Fassina of Caritas Jesolo, the president of the Rotary Club of Jesolo Paolo Milan and Marco Canella, financial director of Alì S.p.a, all present in the room this morning.

This year the event has a new title sponsor: Honda Auto Italia, which strengthens its link with the sport, putting itself to 'run' alongside the most important running events in Italy. Honda Italia was also a partner of the 7th CMP Venice Night Trail on 1st April and will also be the Main Partner & Official Car of the 36th Wizzair Venicemarathon on 22nd October, as well as many other events. Honda's commitment to charting the path towards a sustainable future is demonstrated by the recently achieved goal of electrification of the entire vehicle range in Europe and Italy.

The following are also sponsors of the event: Craft, Compressport, Alì, Banco BPM, Pro Action, San Benedetto, Bavaria, Palmisano, 1/6H Sport, Morato, Diabasi, 3B Meteo, ATVO, ParkForFun, Lacomed Sport and the media partners Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosport, Radio Bellla & Monella and Radio PiterPan. Confcommercio Ascom San Donà- Jesolo also collaborates in the event.