Tenth of the Naples City Marathon, challenges for men. Mokhtar Idriss and Stefano La Rosa

Naples – Five days before the start, elite runners warm up their engines to get into the best possible athletic shape 10 City of Naples Half Marathonan event organized by Napoli Running, starting at 9.00 on Sunday 26 February.
The race aims directly at maintaining the technical level that has given it the highest level over the years The bronze mark from world athleticsthe International Association of Athletics Federations h 5-star quality racing from European Athleticsas well as who Gold Label Trust. 5 thousand runners are initially expected, and more than a thousand foreigners are ready to enjoy an amazing race in a city that is willing to welcome them and allow them to experience days full of emotions.

Challenges – Last year’s event marked the new Italian men’s record in the discipline, thanks to a time trial stopped at 59’26” by Yaman Kripa (police). The task of ensuring the continuity of the great artistic display of this event is entrusted to the Ethiopian Mukhtar Idrispoised to smash the fastest ever half marathon record on Italian soil, is currently in the legs of his compatriot Zersenay Tadesse With 58’59” in 2007 at the World Half Marathon Championships in Udine.

A mission Idris certainly has the makings of biography Where she stands out is a personal best of 58’40” in the half marathon, two titles World Champion 5000 metres, 2017 and 2019 and countless other goals. We met Idris in Kenya, where he’s been fine-tuning preparations for the event: “I’m healthy, even if I fell during training two weeks ago, but fortunately I didn’t have any major injuries– said Idris. “I am a friend of Yeman Crippa, even if we are not training partners and from what I have seen in terms of the race course I am optimistic and believe I will do everything to drop the half marathon record on Italian soilHe completed. The Kenyan is also on the hunt for glory with Idris Wesley Kibeche With a record of 59’57” and who already defines the streets of Naples City Half Marathon for having run at 1:00’07” last year, he finished seventh, ahead of his compatriot Denise Kibet Keteothey both come back to win.

for ItalyBlue and Olympian Stefano La Rosa (CS Carabinieri), eight national titles in the legs, over 5000m and 10000m and personal at a distance of 1h02’28 record in Gdynia 2020, currently in preparation for the marathon in which he will participate in March. “Yesterday I ran 38km and I still have a good training to do and then the unloading and recovery phase will start until the Naples City Half Marathon – Said LaRosa – Here in Naples I feel I can do well, it will be an essential time trial race for me, I know the road has raced two more times (2018 and 2019) and I’m sure the changes made will speed it up even more. So I want to beat the time of 1h03’56” obtained in this race, and if the weather is nice, I feel I can do it, even if it’s a marathon-like race. Here in Naples I feel like family, no I can’t wait to be in firstHe finished.

Italy – holders of national standards in the beginning Xavier Scheffer (Atl. Valli Bergamasche Leffe) also blue in mountain running and cross featuring a personal best of 1:01:58″ followed by Nikaginite Crippa (Army) Ready to Personnel Presentation 1:02’01” Recently made in Berlin. in the race too Alessandro Giacobazi (Military Air Force) e Joseph Geratana (Aeronautica Militare), winner of the 2022 Turin Marathon and the U23 Blue and Gold Cross of the Italian Championships 10K in 2021 Francesco Guerra (Carabinieri), debuts.

Women – On the streets of Naples, the women’s quota will not remain idle and will also race to break other records in various European countries. The first to try to reach the record will be Sofia Yaremchuk (Army), Ukrainian but Italian origins years ago. Sofia has a record of 1:08:56, it is necessary to beat Nadia Ejjafini’s record of 1:08:27 from 2011. Willing to drop the Polish, Bulgarian and Austrian record.

NH HOTEL PANORAMA NAPLES – NH Napoli Panorama is the official partner of the Naples City Half Marathon and also of the 2023 Casa dei Runners. All of the top athletes and many of the 5,000 participants from the 70 countries represented will stay here for the start on Sunday, February 26th. The manager, Alessandro Morelli, has the task of offering that comfort zone before and after the event that only proven experience in international hospitality can guarantee. deal with One of the tallest hotels in Italy And located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, two features made the presentation of elite athletes on the balcony on the 31st floor unforgettable, where Naples presented itself at 360 degrees in its extraordinary charm.

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