POSTED: May 31st 2016
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Olympic bid presents new event called Run with Roma 2024

(L-R) CONI President, Giovanni Malago; FIDAL President, Alfio Giomi; and Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi © Rome 2024
(L-R) CONI President, Giovanni Malago; FIDAL President, Alfio Giomi; and Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi © Rome 2024

(L-R) FIDAL President, Alfio Giomi; and Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi © Rome 2024
(L-R) FIDAL President, Alfio Giomi; and Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi © Rome 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) During the RunFest press conference, Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) President, Giovanni Malago; Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL) President, Alfio Giomi; and Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi presented "Run with Roma 2024." The event will include 12 cities involved in Rome's Olympic Bid for the 2024 Games and is set to take place on September 10, 2016.

Bianchedi stated, "On the anniversary of the amazing and historic feat by Abebe Bikila, we're asking all of the cities included in the Roma 2024 Olympic Candidature File to step out onto the streets and run."

She added, "It will be a 10 km race, an event that will involve all of Italy: this is not only our city's candidature, it's the whole nations. We chose ten cities (besides Cagliari, for the sailing competitions) to host the football tournament: Bari, Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Turin, Verona, and Udine will host the Olympic football tournament, and all of these Italian cities will host the "RUN WITH ROMA 2024" on September 10. We want to unite all the passionate people who will, thanks to Roma 2024, be able to see the Games in their own city, to fully experience the atmosphere of the Games. We don't need many words or many catchphrases: we support the Rome 2024 Olympic Bid by running, by being proactive."

The 10km (6.2 miles) run will use a single ranking system that compares each cities' results through a set coefficient, which features 10 categories per race that are based participant ages.

"This is a great union between Rome 2024 and the Athletics Federation, and we're very happy about it. This Federation has rapidly made up for lost time, any of the twenty-eight Federations could have picked up the initiative, but it was Athletics, the symbol of sport, who ran with it. And they did so by latching onto Abebe Bikila's great feat. They've always been there as a Federation - we need to give them credit for that - Athletics is always ready to help. Pairing the Roma 2024 Bid Committee and FIDAL is the best way to make significant headway," expressed President Malago.

The Rome 2024 Bid Committee planned the initiative and it will have a legacy that extends past the 2024 Olympic Bid outcome. It will become an important heritage for sport for many years still to come.

"We are with the CONI and the Roma 2024 Bid Committee 100%," commented President Giomi.

He concluded, "Athletics couldn't help but be on the front lines of a dream that is shared by every director, by the whole nation, as we aim to organize the Olympic Games. The September 10 event is a strong push in that direction, and we will give our full support because we believe it's a great idea that deserves all the support we can provide. I expect it will be an amazing event, and we will already start preparing the 2017 edition to aim for significant numbers, hundreds of thousands of people: it would be a strong message, a message we could send as a nation to say we want to host the Games."   

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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