Como half marathon, the tenth edition in may
Among the most important events of the new sporting year there is certainly the RunIn’Como, the Como Half Marathon, a race that in 2020 should have celebrated the tenth edition but which could not be run due to Covid-19. The ten candles should therefore be blown out in 2021 and the date set is Sunday 9 May. In the control room the company Aries Como Athletic Team, founded in 2009 by Aurelio Martinelli and Massimo Piccirilli, now chaired by Maria Pinto.
«We would have liked to organize it in September so as to have a few more chances to run it, but being a race included in the Fidal national calendar we had to give a certain date well in advance. – Explains President Pinto – If in May the health situation does not allow us to run, only then can we move it a few months. With five months in advance we cannot really afford to be sure of being able to make it happen, I can only say that the organizational machine has already started».
The event has had an increasing number of participants over the years, reaching 800 in 2018. In 2019, however, it was the climate that ruined the plans of the Larian association: “It was a really strange edition. Unfortunately the bad weather jeopardized the performance, destroying everything that had been prepared on the course the night before the race. Despite this, we still managed to complete it, even if the number of competitors was inevitably lower than in previous editions. Our dream is to reach 1000 athletes at the start and we are confident that we will succeed within a few years». The race course includes start and finish in the stadium area, in front of the War Memorial. In between 21,097 fascinating kilometers along the Como lakefront.
Half marathon which is not the only Aries Como race. «Immediately after the marathon we generally organize the Como Night Run, an evening race on the road with a distance of 5 kilometers which is included in the Sport Week organized by the Municipality of Como. There will also be the second edition of the Como Urban Vertical, a couple race in the mountains with a maximum number of participants set at 75 couples, which foresees the arrival at Monte Boletto after 7 kilometers with a positive difference in height of 1050 meters. This too runs in the evening and being in March the headlamp is required. It is still a young but very popular race, the date of which will be made official as soon as possible».
Aries Como therefore decided to confirm itself also in 2021 as one of the most important sports realities in the area: «The Board of Directors was entirely renewed last October and we have a lot of ideas in mind. We just have to be patient and cross our fingers, hoping that the pandemic in progress will loosen its grip and restore to all of us, despite having marked us forever, a semblance of normality» concludes Maria Pinto.