Will Records Fall At Trofeo Vanoni?
It's been announced that Lucy Murigi will run at Vanoni for the first time in this year of the 'super edition'. The organizers, CSI Morbegno, after already securing the Italian Mountain Running Team, the podium from the Italian Relay Championship and the female winner of the World Cup, have announced that Lucy Murigi will also be lining up.
Murigi was the 2017 and 2018 World Champion, winner of Sierre-Zinal in the same years, as well as this year's winner at Smarna Gora. With a line-up including 2019 World Cup winner Sarah McCormack and Lucy Murigi the women's record could well be under threat. The 36th Vanoni women's race starts on Sunday 27 October 2019 at 11.00 a.m.
The line-ups for all the races are exceptional this year and you couldn't bet against any of the records falling. Giovanni Ruffoni from the LOC says "You are all invited to Morbegno. This year we really made the bang. For the "normal" athletes the opportunity to compete side by side with the top runners, for fans the joy of supporting and see live the best specialists in the world."
The starting list is currently being finalised and foreign teams are arriving in Morbegno. In the male relay race, there's a face-off between the top three teams of the Italian Championship of mountain running relay 2019: Atletica Valle Brembana (headed up by the record holder Alex Baldaccini), Corrintime (led by Bernard Dematteis who won the Snowdon Race Memorial G.P. BottÃ ) and Atletica Valli Bergamasche Leffe (winners in 2017). Strong outsiders are Falchi Lecco (first Italian team in the last edition), Tornado (revelation team this year) and La Recastello Radici Group (second in 2016). They, along with the more aggressive foreign teams such as the French and the British one (first and second last year, will engage in a fight that could, for the first time in 12 years, bring them close to the team record, the monumental 1h28'55" signed by the GS Forestale with Rinaldi, Manzi and De Gasperi.
Fans of mountain running should be in Morbegno (North Italy, in the middle of the Alps) because it will be an edition that will go down in the record books. The LOC says "The value of the Vanoni Trophy lies in the fact that it is a race for everyone: the leading champions at international level, the local runners who compete every Sunday, young runners who can see their idols up close, dreaming of being able to emulate them one day, the crowd who turn the path into a natural stadium".
The 'relay' factor adds further value because the emotion involved in running not only for yourself, but also for your teammates, the strategic choice of the starting order, make this race a unique and highly appreciated event at European level".
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THE FULL PROGRAM
Saturday 26th October 2019
17.00 Meeting point at St. Anthony square for all the runners and teams
17.30 Runners and teams parade through Vanoni street and deposition of wreath at war memorial
18.00 Mass at Saint John Church
Sunday, 27th October 2019
9.00 Junior races start
11.00 36th Vanoni ladies race start
11.05 42nd Minivanoni junior race prizes awarding
14.00 62nd Vanoni Trophy race start
17.30 36th Vanoni ladies race and 62nd Vanoni Trophy prizegiving ceremony at Sala Ipogea â€“ St. Joseph Church