Celebrate Festa della Repubblica with Italy Runs in Central Park
Yesterday, Wednesday, May 30th, the five-mile race "Italy Run by Ferrero" was presented at the New York Road Runners Center and attended by some NYRR representatives, the Consulate General of Italy in New York and many amateur and professional runners. The competition will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, in Central Park to celebrate the Republic Day and to keep a touch of (tri)color to the heart of the Big Apple. The initiative was achieved thanks to Ferrero, with the support of the Consulate General of Italy and other important sponsors, such as Lavazza, Intesa San Paolo, Fiat and TchnoGym.
Love, energy, passion. In two words: Italy Run
“I want to welcome everybody to the New York Road Runners Center. We are so excited and grateful to be here this evening celebrating the Italy Run by Ferrero”, said Sarah Cummins, NYRR Vice President, who opened the speech and introduced the Italian Consul General Francesco Genuardi, the Deputy Consul Isabella Periotto, and George Hirsch, chairman of the New York Road Runners Board of Directors and one of the founder of the New York City Marathon. “I think that since the first day we had this wonderful meeting with Francesco, Isabella and both of my bosses, Michael Capiraso and Peter Ciaccia, there was so much love in that room, and spirit, and passion from the very beginning. So you can imagine how excited we are that that day is finally here!”, continued Cummins.
A dream come true
Deputy Consul Isabella Periotto stepped in too. She thanked NYRR for all the effort making this happen, Ferrero and the Consul General who, after receiving from Sarah Cumminshis the race bib with his name, said visibly moved: “Buonasera runners! You know that sensation when you wake up in the morning and you don’t understand if you’re still dreaming or you’re a part of the real life?” adding that being there in the World running temple next to George Hirsch was like a dream come true. Moreover, he declared that next Sunday there would be 11,000 people running in the name of love for Italy. “This reception is a fantastic warming up. I am grateful to the New York Road Runners for being a fantastic partner and I think we have made a great team and job together in these months”. Then he ended thanking Ferrero as the first partner to believe in this adventure and all the other sponsors. “Tonight we are celebrating also the Italian style and the Italian healthy way of life that we want to share with New York City. We love beauty, we love emotions and we love love. Viva l’Italia, Viva New York and Viva the Italy Run!”
"An event people will talk about for a long time"
“I just want to echo the words of Isabella and Francesco”, said Mr. Hirsch then. According to him, this is one of those events that from day 1 was a success. I know it is going to be spectacular for all of you who are running. He confessed that this partnership with Italy was very special for him. “I lived in italy when I was young. I love Italy and I think there is a strong connection between Italy and New York. I have never met a New Yorker who doesn’t love Italy and I have never met an Italian who doesn’t love New York. I know that it is a special event people will talk about for a long time”.
The Italian National Olympic Committee's opinion
Regarding the importance of the partnership between Italy and New York, the representative of the CONI (The Italian National Olympic Committee) in the US Mico Delianova Licastro (already organizer together with the NYRR of the "Italianissima" race, which in 1998 saw the presence of several Italian authorities) expressed his opinion too: "It is a fundamental agreement for our communities, which lasts more broadly from the times when the bridges linking Manhattan to New Jersey and Long Island were erected. Many Italians have contributed to the construction of the city of New York over the centuries, receiving in the United States that warm welcome that we should be able to return to migrants today in Italy. Here the Italian lifestyle is much appreciated as the sport". As a representative of the CONI - Licastro has finally concluded - I admire this feeling very much and I think that that in Central Park is a wonderful initiative".