Press Conference Stramilano Half Marathon 2023
Stramilano Half Marathon is coming! The appointment is Sunday, March 19th at 10 a.m. in Piazza Castello, the starting point of the 21,097 kms route where Italian and international athletes will compete.
Today – 17th March 2023 – the athletes who will participate in the 50th edition of the Half Marathon introduced themselves during the press conference at Palazzo Cusani, in Milan. This year the athletes will be more than 5 thousand! Among the favorites are many Italians, such as reigning champion Giovanna Epis, who wore the Blue Jersey at the Universiade, European Championships, World Championships and the Tokyo Olympics; Giulia Sommi, holding the personal crono of 1.15.22 on the half and of 2.35.05 on the marathon for which she’s the Italian champion; and Anna Arnaudo, one of the Italian athletics rising stars, Italian under-23 record holder in the 10.000m with 32.09.54 and the half marathon with 1.11.39. The attention will also be on Ethiopian Anchinalu Genaneh, who holds the best time on the half marathon (1.08.53) obtained last year in Spain, and Kenyan athlete Morine Gesare Michira, running for the second year in a row in an international competition, who boasts a personal best of 1.10.17 on the half marathon.
About the men’s starting line, the spotlight will be on the young Kenyan Cosmas Mwangi Boi, ’03 class, who will make his debut over the 21Km distance, international rookie Kipkorir Evans, with a personal best of 62.40 on 21Km during the Kenyan highlands last year, and on Isaac Kipkemboi Too (personal best of 27.40 on 10km) who has what it takes to perform well on the streets of Milan as well. Competing for Italy: Luca Alfieri, current U23 champion of the 5,000 meters and making his debut over the 21Km distance, and Pasquale Selvarolo Italian U23 champion of the 10km and the veterans Vito Sardella and Salvatore Gambino.
At the Stramilano Half Marathon 2022 edition the winner was Giovanna Epis, who crossed the finish line after 1h11’46”, while the second place and the third place went respectively to Fraida Hassanatte with a time of 1h16’10” and Aurora Bado with a time of 1h16’25”.
Regarding the men’s race last year 3 Kenyan athletes made it to the podium: first placed was Dickson Simba Nyakundi in 1h03’49” ahead of Kipkorir Birir (1h04’23”) and Ishmael Chelanga Kalale (1h04’57”). First Italian was Salvatore Gambino, sixth with a time of 1h08’24”.
Unforgettable is the record of the event, the 59’12” recorded in 2016 by Kenyan James Mwanj Wangari who remains unbeaten.
The race is open to all Fidal and affiliated sports promotion bodies and RUNCARD members: participants will run along the avenues of the ring road and cross the finish line in Piazza Castello. In addition, refreshment points will be arranged along the route to help the athletes to maintain the sprint needed to give their best. The Athletes’ Village will host the refreshment area run by the Italian Red Cross of Milan inside which it will be also possible to find a spot dedicated to relaxing thanks to the massage stations.
Stramilano is waiting for you to run together and celebrate the 50th edition!