The last marathon organized in the Ligurian capital dates to 2004. On 2nd December 2018 we will give back to the city the running queen: run with us!
But how is Genova linked to the marathon?
Thanks to the enthusiasm for the nigh Olympic victory of Dorando Pietri in London in 1909, a desire for marathon takes shape in Italy. One of the first cities to organize a 40 km race (the official distance at that time) was Voltri, not yet merged in Genova. In that year, the Italian marathon championship took place in Liguria, with the Ligurian national marathon. The winner was Umberto Blasi, from the Velo Club Gallarate, with a time of 2:48:44. Blasi earned on two other occasions the title of Italian marathon champion.
In Voltri the event took place in 1910, in 1911 (although if was interrupted at the 32km for a sea storm!) and in 1922. We must wait the 1964 for another Genova marathon, again valid for the Italian championship: to triumph this time will be the Sardinian Antonio Ambu, with the time of 2:15:42.
|ANTONIO AMBU: Winner of the Genova Marathon in 1964|
After twenty years of emptiness we reach the 1984 edition, won by Francesco Cipolla in 2:29:31. It will be the first Genoese marathon open to women, the first classified was Paola Bellini of Genova Atletica, with the time of 4:03:07.
In the 80’s, in the Ligurian capital, there were three other marathons however without a great response of participants.
Subsequently, in the years 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004 there have been four editions of the Sea Marathon, with the prestigious participation of strong African athletes. The best times recorded were of two Italians,Valerio Brignole (2:16:38, year 2003) and Ornella Ferrara (2:40:12 in 2004)
|ANNA BOSCHI: at the finish of the Genova marathon in 2003, chrono 2:47:09 (photo archive Secolo XIX)|
And now, after fourteen years of silence … here we are!