Toasts, tastings and many smiles among the 26 wineries in the Unesco heritage hills
Prosecco Run: victory for the Kenyan Maiyo and the Ethiopian Wolkeba
Thousands defy the rain today in Vidor (TV); Gatto, the Italian athlete in the steeplechase, came third
The rain did not stop the Prosecco Run and Prosecchina celebration. Thousands of runners, competitive and non-competitive, arrived today, Sunday 4 December, in Vidor (TV) for an event that combined sporting aspects but above all convivial and social ones to the rhythm of wine cellars, ups and downs, vineyards and wonderful views (such as the Abbey of Santa Bona) in the Unesco heritage hills in the municipalities of Vidor, Valdobbiadene and Moriago della Battaglia. And of course there was no shortage of cheers with prosecco. The winner of the Fidal international marathon was the Kenyan Rodgers Maiyo (Podistica Torino), who after about ten kilometres got rid of the company of his compatriot, Lengen Lolkurraru (Atletica Saluzzo). The former won in 1h09’45”, racking up the seventh victory of his competitive season. For Lolkurraru, the time was 1h10’10”. Third step of the podium for Quinto di Treviso’s Giovanni Gatto (Quercia Trentingrana), who finished in 1h14’41”. “I am happy with today’s victory, it was a demanding race, on a very beautiful course but also treacherous and slippery because of the rain,” said the winner. “I am very satisfied with this new victory in this very positive year for me. Holding high the Trevisan colours was the Italian Giovanni Gatto, again on the podium after his third place in 2021. “It was much tougher than last year,” commented the 23-year-old, Italian champion and under-23 Italian champion and medallist in the steeplechase, “it was a good workout on a very muscular course, I enjoyed it again this year, it’s always nice to come and run in these beautiful hills. In the women’s category, the Ethiopian mother of two children, Asmerawork Bekele Wolkeba (Podistico Torino), repeated her 2021 victory by crossing the finish line in 1h22’19”. Behind her the Kenyan Esther Wangui Waweru (Brugnera Friulintagli) in 1h24’12”. Third step of the podium for Trentino’s Luna Giovanetti (Atl. Valle di Cembra, 1h27’44”).
Many people therefore did not want to miss the event organised by Tri Veneto Run with the support of Maratona di Treviso. Armed with umbrellas and k-ways, and in many cases accompanied by their four-legged friends, they chose to participate not by watching the chronometer, but by enjoying the landscapes of the Unesco World Heritage hills and the passages through the wine cellars, where there was also time for a ‘refreshing’ break with samples of Prosecco and local culinary specialities. Smiles, enthusiasm, a desire to have fun, a desire to be social, these were the contents of a special day in a spectacular territory. “We came from Parma, we arrived on Saturday, and we did a tour of premises and wine cellars, already since yesterday,’ said Luigi from Emilia, ‘even with the rain it was great to run and walk among vineyards and wine cellars, these are really beautiful places. We will definitely come back next year, involving other friends as well’.
Present at the start, during the event and at the prize-giving ceremony was the mayor of Vidor, Mario Bailo. “It was a pity about the rain, but a great number of people arrived in Vidor,’ stressed the first citizen. ‘Everyone appreciated the welcome that our territory reserved for runners, walkers and accompanying persons. The Prosecco Run confirms itself as an event loved not only in Veneto, but also by runners from other regions and even abroad. A big thank you to the participants, the organisers, the local police officers and the volunteers who, despite the weather, were present on the course’. Leading the 120 volunteers was Francesco Sartori, president of Tri Veneto Run and member of the Lepri Strache group. “The rain did not stop the people of the race and transformed a meteorologically complicated day into a day of celebration,” concluded Sartori. “Thanks to the runners, partners, organisations and above all the volunteers, with weather like this it was not at all easy to set up and guarantee a good event.
There were 26 wineries crossed by the 2022 edition of the Prosecco Run. As for the half marathon, after the start from La Tordera, the Fratelli Rizzetto winery and the Sentier farm were crossed in Mosnigo, the Colbe winery in Colbertaldo, the Tormena Fratelli winery, the Frozza farm in Soprapiana Mass Bianchet, in Valdobbiadene Al Cartizze, Casa Gialla, Campion farm, La Baracheta agritourism, Cantina Rosaval, Torre Zecchei, Valvarse, Col del Balt, Somasòt, Val d’Oca, Ca’ Dal Molin and in Vidor, Riccardo farm and Count Da Sacco’s Abbazia di Vidor farm. Along the 10 kilometres of the Prosecchina, after the start from La Tordera, there were the Giotto farm, Da Riva, Colvidor farm, Cantina Castello, Ca’ Dal Molin, Spumanti Daldin, Ponte Vecchio farm and Riccardo farm.
Alongside Tri Veneto Run, in organising the 12th Prosecco Run, there are Maratona di Treviso, Gruppo Sportivo Lepri Strache, Pro Loco di Vidor, Valdogroup, Gruppo Marciatori Edilsoligo Sernaglia, Road Runners Colbertaldo, Tennis Club Vidor, Take Your Time, Staffetta Ciclisti Team Sogno Veneto, Avis Vidor, Gruppo Alpini di Vidor, G.A. Bigolino, G.A. San Giovanni and Radioamatori A.R.I. Montebelluna. The event has the patronage and contribution of the municipalities of Vidor, Moriago della Battaglia and Valdobbiadene and the authorisation of Fidal and US Acli and is also sponsored by the Association for the Heritage of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Important contributions by Silca Spa, Banca Prealpi SanBiagio, Alì Supermarkets, San Benedetto, Biemmereti-Sognoveneto, Doge Logistica, Officine Ghizzo, Manuel Caffè, Scatolificio Sarcinelli, Amadio F.lli, K-iron, Gammasport, Centro Frutta Conegliano. Media partners Radio Company, Oggitreviso, La Tribuna di Treviso.