Half Marathon Demmy 2011
Monteforte d'Alpone (Italy), Sunday 23 January 2011
In November 2010, ongoing heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Veneto region in northern Italy but the hugely popular Montefortiana - fortunately - will go ahead as planned.
The event is held in the very pretty Soave wine-growing region, which is situated between the cities of Verona and Vicenza, an area which was particularly badly affected by the floods.
Starting and finishing in the village of Monteforte d'Alpone, the event offers various non-competitive walks (17,000 participants last year) as well as two road running races.
The Half Marathon Demmy, which follows a hilly and scenic route through vineyards and villages, takes place on Sunday morning. In 2010, more than 1,400 runners finished the race. The winners were Jean Baptiste Simukeka of Rwanda (1:06:56) and Laura Giordano of Italy (1:19:52).
The Montefortiana Turà is an elite road race, held on Sunday afternoon on a 1.5km-lap course in Monteforte d'Alpone. Men run 10.6km and women run 6km.
Venue (Map): Monteforte d'Alpone (Verona 27km, Padova 58km, Venice 97km)
Date: 23 January 2011 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km (Half Marathon Demmy); 6.06km (elite women), 10.605km (elite men); 9/14/21/28km (non-competitive walks)
Start time: 8.30 (walks); 9.30 (half marathon); 14.00 (elite women); 14.30 (elite men)
Start and finish: Via Perazzolo - Piazza Silvio Venturi
Entries (21km): online, by fax or by e-mail; entries close 18 Jan 2011; entrants may have to provide a medical certificate at registration
Entry fees (21km): 20 euros
Race centre: Montefortiana-Expo (22 Jan 2011, 14.00-21.00; 23 Jan 2011, 6.30-9.00)
You get (21km): a bottle of D.O.C. wine (for entries until 31 Dec 2010); pasta party (on Saturday); T-shirt, towel, socks, goody bag, finisher medal; timing chip rental
Prizes (21km): first 40 men and 15 women
Award ceremony: 13.00 (half marathon); 16.00 (elite races)
Number of finishers 2010: 1,428 (21km); 22 (elite race men), 13 (elite race women)
Event website (in Italian and English): www.montefortiana.org
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