TRIESTE – The engines are running hot for the 7th Joma Corsa dei Castelli di Trieste, a FIDAL-sanctioned 10-kilometer road running event organized by ASD Promorun and the brainchild of former Italian national team athlete Michele Gamba. Event organized in cooperation with the Municipality of Trieste and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region and to be held this Sunday, October 15, with official start at 10 a.m.
At 9:50 a.m. there will be the start of the highly anticipated 1st International Road Race Running Match u.23 10k, a race included in the calendar of World Athlet ics and organized with the collaboration of the Italian Athletics Federation (Fidal), the first official stage in the run-up to the Rome 2024 European Athletics Championships in which athletes from the U23 national teams of France, Greece, Israel, Switzerland as well asItaly, of course, have joined.
TOP RUNNERS – Renewing the tradition of having great and emblazoned athletes at the start, the big star of the 7th Joma Castles Race Will be the two-time 5,000-meter world champion Muktar Edris. The Ethiopian will be at the start to write a new page in the history of this competition, including the dream of setting a new record for the ultra-fast course from Miramare Castle to San Giusto Castle. The current record is 28’57” and is in the legs of Bahraini star Birhanu Balew.
A task and a goal for which the 29-year-old Edris certainly has the makings as his resume reads where an extraordinary personal best of 12’54″83 on the 5000m and 27’17″18 on the 10000m on the track stands out, while on the 10km on the road he boasts 27’57” recorded in Dongio (Switzerland) in 2019. Still Edris was able to run, in Valencia in October 2021, in 58’40” the half-marathon distance, a top-level chrono that only very few men in the world have been able to do in history. In his immense palmarès as mentioned above there are two glittering senior 5000m world champion gold medals, 2017 and 2019, in Diamond League in the 5000m in 2014, 2016 and 2017, when he also won in the 3000m, in addition to countless other extraordinary achievements and victories around the world. The Ethiopian is in great shape and this Sunday, October 1, celebrated victory in the Trento Half Marathon in a reassuring 1h00’30”.
It is the turn of Daniele Meucci (CS Esercito), 38-year-old engineer from Pisa, to defend the tricolor. Meucci boasts a gold medal at the European marathon championships in Zurich 2014, three medals at the European Championships, one silver in the 10000m flat in Helsinki 2012 and two bronze medals, in the 10000m flat in Barcelona 2010 and in the half marathon in Amsterdam 2016. He has also won 10 overall national titles in 5 different specialties and has a personal best in the 10000m of 27’32″86.
Also lighting up the race will be the very young Ugandan Leonard Chemutai making his debut at this distance and bringing with him a very recent personal best of 13’36” in the 5 km road race as well as a fourth and seventh place at the U20 World Championships in the 3000 steeplechase.
It’s a name that has already echoed through the streets of Trieste that of Kenyan Bernard Musau Wambua (Atletica Winner Foligno) 2nd in 2022 at Corri Trieste and who recently set his personal best of 28’26” over the distance with victory in the Belgrade 10 km race.
They will all have to contend with Burundian Jean Marie Vianney Niyomukiza (Atl. Libertas Unicusano Livorno), who is used to competing in Italy and who can count on a record of 28’59” recorded in Alberobello in 2018 in addition to an eighth-place finish at the 2016 African championships in the 5000m.
THE NUMBERS – With registration still underway at the registration center in Unity Square, giving a glimpse of the race’s success are the online registration numbers, which have doubled since the last edition; the goal is to surpass 3,500 admissions including the Family Run. Italy at the full start in excellent company of 42 nations. On the top step of the numerosity podium are neighbors Croatia, Austria and Slovenia but also of note are several Scandinavians and Asian representations.
The most mature committed on the competitive race are Ruggero Poli and Eliana Tomasetig, who turned 84 and 71 respectively. The youngest, however, are Lin and Ada, just 4 and 5 years old.
Sunday, October 15 will also be an opportunity for Riccardo Florio, Furio Sterni, Paola Blackbeard and Massimo Benedetti to celebrate their birthdays and all blow out 182 candles together.
THE FANFARE – The passage through Unity Square will be even more exciting thanks to the presence of the Alpine Julia and 11th Bersaglieri Regiment fanfares.
The Julia Alpine Fanfare was formed in 1967 from the union of the dissolved regimental fanfares of the 3rd Mountain Artillery Regiment and the 8th Alpine Regiment. A symbol and standard-bearer of the Alpine Troops, the Fanfare Julia is the artistic showcase of the “Alpine Julia Brigade” and is one of the musical bands of theItalian Army. It is stationed in Udine at the Pio Spaccamela Barracks, headquarters of the “Julia Command and Tactical Support Unit.”
The musical ensemble is made up of wind and percussion instruments; the instrumentalists who make up its ranks belong to the categories of NCO Sergeants, Graduates and Volunteers in Prefixed Service and perform the artistic activity by reason of prior musical studies at music conservatories in the Italian territory. Primary activities consist of participation in Military, Civil and Religious Ceremonies of which are mentioned by way of explanation among them: the CaSTA (Alpine Troops Ski Championships), the National Assembly of the Alpini, the performance in the presence of His Holiness Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square Rome, as well as numerous Ceremonies in which he rendered Honors to the highest State Offices. The functions are also carried out in a concert activity that has led the Fanfara Julia to perform in Italy and in foreign nations such as the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Belgium, at the “Multinational Land Force” in Lithuania, Hungary and Slovenia, promoting the image of the Troops
Alpine and the Italian military across national borders. Finally, noteworthy are the collaborative activities with some primary and secondary schools of education in the city of Udine and Province for the purpose of raising the awareness of tomorrow’s adults, the values of ethics-military and musical art. He also collaborates with the “Jacopo Tomadini” Conservatory of Udine and its wind orchestra on concerts and musical events. To date, the Fanfare is directed by Staff Sergeant Flavio Mercorillo.
The origins of the Fanfare of the11th Bersaglieri Regiment date back to 1883, the year the Regiment was established, always following its fortunes. It is currently composed exclusively of professional military personnel with Musicianship appointments, some of whom come from conservatories throughout Italy or from city bands.
It enumerates in its repertoire military marches, songs typical of the Bersaglieresque tradition and numerous pieces of various genres of National and International music arranged, for this particular formation of wind instruments, directly by some members of the musical ensemble. He has participated in national military band festivals such as the 17th Military Tattoo in Modena as well as international events such as the 1st National Military Music Festival in Versailles, France, the Italian Republic Day in Moscow, at the Albertville International Festival in Moulouse also in France, at Columbus Day in New York and in 2018 at the International Tattoo in Norfolk, Virginia. He has also played as part of NATO exercises and in several International Operating Theaters including Bosnia, Kosovo and Lebanon. It is headed by 1st grader Vito Di Mauro.
SOLIDARITY – It is the largest team that the solidarity which again takes the field with ASD Promorun to support a local excellence, Burlo Garofolo Foundation. An alliance born two years ago with the Burlo Garofolo Hospital and aimed at ensuring continuity of a project that aims to achieve ever new goals in the world of healthcare. The goal of this edition is to provide Burlo Garofolo Foundation of Junior Resusci, a dummy equipped with a link to an app that pediatric health professionals can download to their smartphones to measure the quality of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation, in terms of depth, frequency, release and position of compressions and effectiveness of ventilations, also suggesting corrective changes to resuscitative maneuvers. A necessary tool aimed at practice in cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers. The manikin could be used in the intensive care unit, enabling daily skills maintenance in the resuscitative setting.
ASD Promorun joins the project through the donation of part of the proceeds from Family Run registration. Athletes can donate at the time of registration through the Enternow website, by bank transfer on Iban IT 34 T 02008 02230 000106191921 made out to: PROMO RUN TRIESTE A.S.D., Reason: Solidarity Account or at bib pickup, where staff from the Burlo Garofolo Foundation will be present to explain the project.