100 Thousand Compete in Rome Marathon

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Around 100 thousand people took part in the Rome marathon over the weekend. Our correspondents bring you the full story.

Content: About 100 thousand people ran, walked or otherwise pounded the pavement of Rome this past weekend, in what its organizers have coined "the most beautiful marathon in the world”.

[Enrico Castrucci, President of Marathon Organizing Committee]:
“It's a success that we have built thanks to the city's willingness to take part in the event. The host city has now become a showpiece of the sport.”

Athletes from 82 countries took part in the 18th edition of the Marathon of Rome, including many of the world’s top-ranked runners.

[Hellen Kimutai, 2012 Marathon Winner]:
“This is my third time to visit Rome. I came here for the Millennium Marathon 2000. Here there are many people cheering along the way, so it is very nice."

Several disciplines made up this edition of the Rome Marathon. First there's the classic 42.195 kilometer run.

There's also a non-competitive 4-kilometer "fun walk" along with a hand-bike event.

And everyone has their own motivation for running the marathon.

[Vasyl Matviychuk, Athlete]:
“I’m happy that I managed to finish. I dedicate today’s run to my fiancé, Olga. It’s a present for our wedding in September.”

The Marathon gets its name from a city in ancient Greece, from where a soldier ran the exact distance of 42.195 kilometres to the Acropolis of Athens to announce a military victory in 490BC.

[Spiros Spiropoulos, Athlete]:
“Marathon actually means 'it’s the sprit of freedom.' The spirit that you have to overpass yourself. The spirit that connects to democracy.”

NTD News, Rome, Italy