CURIOSITIES, NUMBERS AND SURPRISES. THE MARATHON IS ALWAYS MORE FEMININE

Some curiosities and numbers from the Asics Firenze Marathon 2017. Here we’re focusing just on the marathon, without considering the numbers from the Expo, Ginky Family Run and all the affiliated events. Beginning with general numbers, seeing as the official number of registered runners was 10,130: 8,970 athletes crossed the starting line and 8,432 crossed the finish line (6771 men and 1661 women) with just 538 dropping out.
As already mentioned this is the third largest number of Firenze Marathon finishers ever. (The record remains that of the 2013 edition, with 9296 crossing the finish line, and in second is the 2014 edition with 8716 finishers).

WOMAN POWER RECORD
The number of women who completed the race is the highest ever for the 34th edition of the Firenze Marathon: 1661. In second and third place respectively were the 1481 who finished in 2016 and the 1462 who finished in 2014, testimony that there are always more women running the marathon. They are the ones who raise the average, considering that this is the fifth highest number of male race finishers at this point in history.

NATIONS, REGIONS, PROVINCES
83 countries were represented at the finish line. Among the most represented were of course Italy with 6,135 classifiers, followed by France with 649, Great Britain with 254, Belgium with 175, Germany with 147, Austria with 122, Morocco with 120, Spain with 116, Holland with 73, Poland with 66, Hungary with 53, and Switzerland and Greece with 45. Those followed by the United States with 43.
The 10 Italian regions with the highest representation were Tuscany with 1711, Lombardy with 966, Lazio with 646, Campania with 485, Emilia Romagna with 473, Veneto with 329, Puglia with 307, Piedmont with 269, Marche with 178 and Umbria with 140. The three most highly represented Italian provinces represented at the finish line were Florence with 1049, Rome with 630 and Milan with 426.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS
Here is a summary of some of the more technical aspects of the race, already mentioned in the post-race press release.
The women’s race was exceptional technically as well. The first four female athletes to cross the finish line finished in Florence’s all-time Top 50. Ethiopian Dire Tune Arissi won in 2:28’55”, with the third fastest time ever (behind Kenyan Jepkorir, who won last year in 2:28’46”, and the Slovenian Javornik, with the unbroken record 2:28’15” in 2002).
The second place female was Ethiopian Sorome Negash Amente, with 2:29’46” with the sixth best time overall while her conational Mesera Hussen Dubisio with a time of 2:32’05” is the fifteenth overall in the Florentine race. British national Elinor Kirk also enters the overall top 50 with her 2:36’22”, placing 40th. For the men the winners didn’t make the top 50: Zalalem Bacha Regasa puts Bahrain and the Asian continent on the previous winners’ list for the first time, but his time placed him at 59 on the list of finishers.
No new Italian entries in the top 50. Ahmed El Mazoury completed the distance for the first time in 2:21’38”, placing him sixteenth on the list of Italians, led by Daniele Meucci with at ime of 2:10’56” at the London Marathon. The fastest Italian woman, Maurizia Cunico, placed eighth with 2:53’51”, following her time this year in Padova in April of 2:51’21”.
To note about El Mazoury: due to the cold and his competitive trance he didn’t realize he had crossed the finish line as he told us in his post-race interview. He ran past the photographers all the way to the medal distribution gazebo and was continuing to run. He only stopped when a volunteer caught him to bring him back to his colleagues.

PREVIOUS WINNERS
First time for Asia and Bahrain. The classification list begins in blue, with 21 Italian victories (10 men and 11 women), followed by Kenya with 15 wins (11 men and 4 women), then Ethiopia with 11 wins (5 men and 6 women), well ahead of Great Britain with 8 wins (3 men and 5 women). Ethiopia in particular takes the highest spot on the podium uninterrupted (men and women, and in some editions, both) since 2010 (with 10 out of 14 wins in recent years). Hungary follows with two female victories. Then Austria, Belgium, Brazil, The Czech Republic, Norway, Morocco, Russia, Slovakia, Yugoslavia, Ukraine and now Bahrain.

STATISTICS
The oldest registered runner for the men was Miriano Simoni wearing the colors of Ausonia from Sesto Fiorentino, born in 1973 (80 years old). He finished in 8380th place in 5h57’12” (real time 5h48’12”). The oldest woman to run was Porzia Gattullo from Podistica Savonese, born in 1941, 76 years old, finishing just five places behind at 8385, the 1640th woman, in 5h59’31”, real time 5h48’23”. She could have run together with Mariano!
The youngest woman to run was Linda Lorenzi, 1998, just 19 years old. She stopped before the finish line, but made the halfway mark at 2h14’32”. The youngest foreign woman to run the race was the second fastest, Ethiopian Sorome Negash Amente, 1997, 20 years old, in 2h29’46”. Youngest foreign man to run was Daniel Horne finishing in 3921st place in 3h54’34” (real time 3h48’43”). The oldest foreign man to run was German Kupper Helmut, 1942, 75 years old, 7327th place in 4h43’31” (real
time 4:35’36”). The oldest foreign female runner was French Marguerite Legallois, 70 years old, finishing in 7356th, the 1224th female to cross the finish line in 4h44’18” (real time 4h39’16”).

CURIOSITIES
The young priest Alessandro Marsili ran the race in 4h09’05” finishing in 5387th place.
The last one Italian to cross the finish line was Mario Ferri, a character famous in the marathon world in Tuscany and Italy. Born in 1946, he is a part of the Supermarathoners’ club, those who have run over 100 marathons or ultramarathons in their lives. He finished third to last in 6h26’14” (real time 6h13’14”). He is an ultra-marathoner who at the end of December 2014 had already run 500 marathons or ultramarathons to completion. Behind him was American Larry Wilson in 6h26’15” (real time 6h14’23”) and Frenchman Joel Crevits in 6h35’05” (6h25’22”).

LOGISTICS
To organize a marathon it’s not enough to just close the streets. There is a huge amount of work and organization that takes place. The second most attended marathon in Italy is no exception. The event saw the use of 392 tables, 191 thousand plastic cups, 81 thousand sponges, 53600 half liter bottles of water (to which are added 1000 1.5 liter bottles, more than 5280 liters of tea and 4530 liter of mineral salts). And what about the 25500 crostatine?
A classic measure is that of the bananas available to the athletes: 2460 kg, together with 2000 kg of oranges and 300 kg of lemons. Then, since the marathon is ecofriendly and everything is cleaned up after the event, organizers used over 1020 disposal bags, and given the rain 21 gazebos along the race route.

THE FUTURE IS NOW
Now we are thinking of 2018. First, we have the spring time events to worry about: the non-competitive 10km Guarda Firenze and the 10km Notturna di San Giovanni, the second most important competitive race in Italy, which takes place the Saturday before Florence’s patron saint feast day, San Giovanni (June 24). Then on November 23 and 24, 2018 the new Marathon Expo at the Stazione Leopolda, and the Asics Firenze Marathon 2018, as always, the last Sunday of November, Sunday, November 25, 2018.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration is open for the Firenze Marathon 2018. Rates are still just 35 euro, given that this is the 35th edition. Registration is only available online at www.firenzemarathon.it and this promotional rate is valid through January 15, 2018.

 

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