And speaking of being on track and running I did the Rome Marathon today. Well okay I didn't actually do the Marathon, more like Laurent, Larry, Walter and I watched our friend (and Larry's partner) Vincenzo run the Marathon. The four of us walked leisurely around the city stopping in for coffee and cornetti, a quick visit into one or two churches and a longer visit into the Monastery of Santa Santa Francesca Romana. However we did stop at several prearranged points to cheer Vin on and lend him our support. And there are to be no unseemly jokes about me being an athletic supporter!
The 42.195 km course began and ended at the Colesseo and covered both sides of the river and most of the major streets and sights. We waited at the Temple of Hercules (km 10) then went over to the Ara Pacis (km 35), on to the Corso (km 38) and finally greeted him back at the Colesseo. The official count indicated that there were 15,346 runners (8,834 Italians, 6,512 from abroad) taking part. I must say I was impressed with the organization that went into it as a spectator and Vin and Larry both commented on how well things were set up for the participants. This is the 50th anniversary of the Rome Olympics and Olympic Gold for the barefoot Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila, who won the Marathon that year in 2:15:16.2. This year it was won by another Ethiopian Siraj Gena, who ran the last 300m barefoot in tribute to the groundbreaking achievement of his countryman. He took top place with a time of 2:08:39. It was a double win for Ethiopia with first place in the women's race going to Firehiwot Dado with time of 2:25:28.
Complementi caro, siamo fieri di ti!
21 marzo - Sant'Elia eremita