Countdown to Trofeo Vanoni - 30 Days to Go!
Trofeo Vanoni, edition number 63, the iconic mountain race, punctual as always on the fourth Sunday of October, is preparing to write another page of its history.
This year is even more important given this moment in time we are living in. "An edition which isn't easy to organize", comments the LOC Giovanni Ruffoni, "because respecting all the COVID protocols, which may vary even at the last moment, is not easy, but we are doing our best, confident that everything will go well".
"We are finishing the booklet for the event" continues Ruffoni, "which represents the showcase of our sponsors and supporters. I have to thank them all because despite the lockdown and the economic crisis they have not backed down. A huge thank you because without their support we could do very little".
The 2020 edition already brings some exciting news: "Being the Italian Mountain Running Relay Race Championship", explains Ruffoni, "there will also be a women's relay race with 2 runners, as well as the junior and master C categories, moreover, the start of the Minivanoni, reserved to the youth categories, is anticipated at 8.30 am. The prize-giving ceremony will then take place outdoors in Piazza S. Antonio, differentiating the times for the 37th Vanoni women's race (at 5.00 pm) and the 63rd Vanoni Trophy (at 5.40 pm)".
The event organizers must respect the regulations of the Italian Athletics Federation: "The athletes on the first leg will be able to start all together, but they will have to wear a mask for the first 500 meters, moreover, the changeover can't be made by touching hands. Needless to add that before and after the race it will be necessary to wear the mask or to respect the interpersonal distance".
The details are being established day by day with continuous alignment by the organizers with FIDAL and local authorities, so things could change from now until the end of October. Despite the restrictions on travel, some foreign teams have already made it known that, barring unforeseen circumstances, they will not fail to participate.
International GOLD race, WMRA associated race and Italian Mountain Relay Race Championship, after last year's spectacular edition, with the victories of Lucy Murigi, Atletica Valle Brembana and the best time of Cesare Maestri, on October 25th in Morbegno the show is guaranteed.