Seventy-six Varese people participating in the New York Marathon
Everything is ready for the departure of “our” people to the most famous competition in the world. They come from all over the province. Below is a list of all of the participants.
What is most surprising, especially for those who are not used to marathons, is how slowly the competitors start. It can take even ten minutes, from the time the first ones start running, to the time the last ones begin. The marathon runners are a wave that grows and advances (a tsunami, if the comparison is not too irreverent), starting from Staten Island and reaching Central Park, crossing five boroughs of New York City, and covering a total of 26 miles 385 yards. Also this year, over 45,000 runners are taking part in the most famous marathon in the world (see the full list).
And a large number of these, more than 3900, are from Italy, and of these, 76 come from Varese Province.
We have published the complete list below. Some are well-known faces, we talked about them in a previous article: there is the Varese businessman, Paolo Orrigoni, the former mayor of Buguggiate, Alessandro Vedani, the former Brescia and Chelsea footballer, Gabriele Ambrosetti, and two, local journalists, Maria Elena Catelli, the press-agent of Varese Town Council, and Francesca Manfredi, a collaborator of “La Provincia” online newspaper.
The Varese runners will be leaving on 4 November (the marathon is on the 7th), and will be returning on 9 November.
Every training session, with photos, impressions, and the “clinical conditions” of the participants, and more, has been published on the Faceboook page “Provincia di Varese alla Maratona di New York” [Varese Province at the New York Marathon]. It has to be said that updating the site has not been as frequent as the races; maybe all energy was burnt up on the cycle path around Varese Lake. But that’s alright. We don’t expect “our runners” to win, not at all. We just wish them a good time. And about one thing we are sure. After 9 November, they will be looking for a new challenge, because, as Francesca (Manfredi) writes on Facebook, “Running is like smoking marijuana, but without the side effects.” It’s a “good” drug that you just can’t live without.
Here is the list of the participants.
Paolo Albe (Castellanza), Manuele Baggini (Gallarate), Carola Bazzica (Sesto Calende), Flavio Bellora (Gallarate), Luciano Benini (Besozzo), Fabio Bertagna (Varese), Massimo Brazzale (Bisuschio), Giorgio Calamia (Varese), Alessandro Cambon (Gazzada), Marco Cambon (Gazzada), Claudio Campello (Venegono Inferiore), Moreno Carturan (Sesto Calende), Stefano Giovanni Casiraghi (Saronno), Emilio Cazzaniga (Gallarate), Christel Chabrol (Varese), Laura Colombo (Travedona Monate), Duilio Dall’Osto (Gallarate), Fabrizio De Mattei (Varese), Michele Di Geronimo (Mesenzana), Michele Facco (Varese), Claudio Franchi (Castiglione Olona), Fiorenzo Furbelli (Besnate), Paola Ghisio (Besnate), Pier Paolo Gugliotta (Varese), Fabrizio Gumiero (Cassano Magnago), Giorgio Lattuada (Gallarate), Manrico Marcozzi (Luino), Antonio Marzoli (Galliate Lombardo), Oreste Massaro (Varese), Stefano Moriggi (Busto Arsizio), Roberto Munk (Saronno), Ilaria Oldani (Castellanza), Sabrina Oldrini (Gallarate), Paolo Orrigoni (Varese), Luca Albino Palermo (Busto Arsizio), Giuseppe Palmieri (Cardano), Isabella Pizzoli (Gavirate), Giovanni Piero Pozzati (Olgiate Olona), Michele Ranzoni (Varese), Nadia Reboni (Casorate Sempione), Danilo Resmini (Albizzate), Luca Sangiovanni (Laveno Mombello), Andrea Saporiti (Travedona), Raffaele Saporiti (Gallarate), Michele Saracino (Venegono Inferiore), Gianfranco Sommaruga (Busto Arsizio), Flor Troletti (Luino), Pietro Giovanni Vago (Varese), Alessandro Vedani (Varese), Andrea Veneziano (Varese), Luca Viterbo (Castellanza), Roberto Zolla (Varese), Valerio Berra (Busto), Paolo Maietta (Busto Arsizio), Salvatore Maietta (Busto), Davide Colombo (Gallarate), Matteo Cornelli (Gallarate), Francesco Deledda (Gallarate), Gianfranco Peron (Gallarate), Bruno Bonicalzi (Gallarate), Paolo Sambrotta (Saronno), Enrico Tramezzani (Saronno), Zeffiro Pesce (Tradate), Alberto Uboldi (Caronno), Paolo Colombo (Olgiate Olona), Maria Elena Catelli (Castiglione Olona), Francesca Manfredi (Gavirate), Alessandro Preda (Besozzo), Laura Protasoni (Ferno), Paolo Valentini Puccitelli (Morazzone), Sergio Belotti (Cittiglio), Susanna Vanetti (Buguggiate), Raffaele Pellegrini (Buguggiate), Iljc Cesca (Cadrezzate), Fabio Frattini (Barasso), Gianluca Guidali (Brunello).