A quick, 4 day trip to Milan, Italy, courtesy of RCS Rizzoli’s Andrea Trabuio, Director of RCS Mass Events, gave me a good view of the health of the Milano Marathon and why Americans should visit:
1. Milano is a modern European city, showcasing the history of Italy, both old and new. In my short visit, I enjoyed a couple nice walks in the center of Milan and a nice relaxed Saturday afternoon in a cafe in the new shopping area.
2. The Milano Running Festival showcases top races, clinics, and athletics experiences for young athletes (learn to pole vault, sprint, or high jump), as well as enjoying Italian street food in the Expo as well.
3. The kids race, with 13,000 young kids running 3k with their friends and parents was a lot of fun to watch.
4. The dogs race was held on Friday night, and had 100 dogs and their human partners in the new addition to the Marathon Milano.
5.On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Titus Eriku and Vivian Kiplagat lead 7,000 marathoners and 18,000 marathon relay runners aound the center of Milan. Titus ran 2:04.46, a new course record and fastest time on Italian soil for a man. Vivian Kiplagat ran 2:22.25, breaking Margaret Okayo’s course record and also becoming the fastest time for a woman in Italy.
So, come to the fastest race in Italy next year, enjoy the Milano Running Festival and enjoy the fine city of Milano. To learn more, please go to https://www.generalimilanomarathon.it/en/