THE CHARM OF THE PASSATORE

The first edition, 1973: Roman Baccaro

Of registered athletes (1,100) I came to Faenza 347 and the fascinating ride in the night had as its first character ROMANO BACCARO, of Bologna, but they were all players and as such, welcomed by thousands of spectators along the route. The mainstream press, surprised by this initial exploit wrote that in Romagna had returned to live long nights of the Mille Miglia.

1974: Attilio Liberini It was not yet finished the echo of this “100” which already loomed the second edition, started the computerization of the competition with an electronic brain that gave the situation of the march, moment by moment. He noted the interest of the participants who pursued a measured preparation and, in fact, of 1,736 runners, well 748 reached the final and the first, the Piedmont ATTILIO Liberini with a powerful run and studied lowered the travel time.

1975: Helmuth Urbach This third edition was a great success of participation, in fact the starters were 2146 and they came to the finish in Faenza 925. Foreigners began to be numerous at this “100 km”, which quickly asked its place in the domestic and abroad, was the protagonist of the march, the German HELMUTH URBACH, winner of the third edition with the record of the march of 7.17. 03.

1976: Vito Melito The appointment jogging in late May had become a true story and this event will be presented, edition of 1976, 2,204 competitors giungendone in Faenza 951, enrolling in the gold of the “100” your name VITO MELITO , Irpinia, living in Bologna, which dominated all the strongest opponents without ever leaving doubts about its performance. Of course, this performance fell further record of the march which was set at 7 hours and 7 minutes.

1977: Vito still Melito The following year, 1977, was the favorite of MELITO obligation and did not disappoint the expectations of making a run irresistible, burning in a real sprint generous Elvino Gennari on the outskirts of Faenza. The clamor around him was great and the starters, excited beyond belief were now 2451, while the choir and meticulous preparation made from centisti, allowed in 1466 to end the struggle to Faenza.

1978: still fabulous Vito Melito Its sixth edition, in 1978, “the 100 km of Passatore” is a fact rather than national, but international by Spiridon, a magazine specializing in road racing is assigned to the praise of the “100 km of Passatore” in Italy, Viareggio, special jury assigns the cup for the best ride of the year. But the success is in fact, in 2846 and in 1466 starters arrived in Faenza, lowering the world record of 100 km in 6 hours and 40 minutes achieved again (and the third) from VITO MELITO.

1979: a 100 km European: Donald Ritchie And we are in the seventh edition, 1979, the “100 km of the smuggler” has broken all barriers and today sees the start competitors in the United States, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Scotland, England, France, the Germanic countries, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium, united by the spirit of sport, Italians from all over the region. Of 3011 starters, 1418 arriving at the finish in Faenza: first is the Scottish DONALD RITCHIE. Is also the first foreign woman EDITH Holdener, Switzerland.

1980: Still Donald Ritchie The Scot wheel DONALD RITCHIE won for the second time 100 Km Passatore. The older, the Verona settantanovenne Bruno Marangoni runs in less than 19 hours. The race taken under a flood (up the ramp in Fiesole) is a winter temperature in the upper part of the pass Tuscan-Romagna. Yet there’s so many, the parties 1,650 3,100 cross the finish line within the time limit of 20 hours.

1981: Vito Melito to fourth win Its ninth year, between 3,216 runners, 100 runners chosen are parties running at an average of 17 km per hour. Among them VITO MELITO – first to the finish – with a record time of 6 hours, 53 minutes and 15 seconds. The arrivals are 1347. All agree in defining the 100 km of a race Passatore marvelous if severe: the transition from sunny afternoon to night, requires a considerable physical and psychological adaptation. And ‘the year of the sponsors refined, as the WF, and the ADIDAS OFFICIAL SPORTS.

1982: Luciano Ceni Ben 3384 the starters, with more than 200 foreigners. At the finish line is 1562. The cold wind on the passage of the glue decides the fate of the race, claiming the “favorites” from the predictions. And ‘LUCIANO INEC in Florence the first to the finish line. Before leaving he said “Attending a bet with myself and to show that” monsters “are not all that can not be beaten.”

1983: Mauro Cilia Overcome the barrier of 3,400 members, with a cast of specialists unprecedented. First is MAURO CILIA comes in 6 hours 57 minutes and 8 seconds. Besides him, come within the maximum time, well 1301 competitors. Never before in this edition has seen so much crowd massed along the way.

1984: Fausto Coletti The 100 km of Passatore is called “The Olympics of Madness”, this, according to a well-known journalist of the “Corriere della Sera” Sergio Gabaglio, which together with 2,934 runners wanted to “run” in this issue. At the finish line first is FAUSTO COLETTI, after an exciting contest with the Frenchman Jean Marc Bellocq. A violent storm on the pitch glue has severely tested the competitors. In fact there are only 1,237 as at the finish line of Faenza.

1985: Fausto Coletti makes a And ‘the year of the encore FAUSTO COLETTI. The protagonist is still and always the great crowd, which cheers along the way and assist all competitors. 3008 are the starters, arrive at the finish line in a 1177 competition also valid as proof for the Italian league FIDAL Amateurs.

1986: Jean Marc Bellocq Goes on record as the “French Passator” the winner of the fourteenth 100 Km Passatore. The first and second two Frenchmen: JEAN MARC BELLOCQ and Bernard Rossetti. This year it is the turn of the heat, that even during the night, never gave respite to competitors, even the most well trained. Registered 3123, arrived 1062.

1987: Jean Marc still Bellocq For the second consecutive year the overall win in the “100 km of Passatore: Florence to Faenza” went to the French JEAN MARC BELLOCQ. Once again, the race Passatore has been confirmed as the most classic of 100 km also worldwide. This year’s novelty is the inclusion of “Passatore” between “percent” applies to the European Cup on the distance between the competitors and the presence of runners Americans, including journalist Carol Lassater of Running Times magazine. The starters are 3300, the goal will come 1101.

1988: a new name Norman Gennaro The 100 km of Passatore back to speak Italian, NORMAN DI GENNARO, salt to the forefront of the “100 km par excellence.” Di Gennaro did race itself, setting a new record of the race in 6 hours and 37 minutes 10 seconds, a record held for 10 years by Vito Melito. The success of “Passatore” is completed by the new record in the women’s field, marked by the German MONIKA KUNO reached the goal credited time of 8 hours 32 minutes and 28 seconds. With this result the “100 km of Passatore” recurs as the only Italian race at international level. Time has helped the company even if the roof of the 100 (Glue Casaglia) the temperature drops considerably. Registered 3478, arrived 1106.

1989: The French insist Vuillemenot The international nature of the 100 km of Passatore always offers new personality in the gold. French ROLAND VUILLEMENOT salt in the highest step of the podium, his race was very shrewd, always following the group in front and at the right place his sprint sull’asperità Glue. His race – almost alone – did not favor a fast-paced, a record, even if doing 100 km in just over 7 hours is not an easy thing. The weather did not favor the development of the event, too hot and the initial temperature fluctuations have caused some selection in arrivals. For the first time in the top ten, an American Chris Gibson finished fifth in Faenza. Registered 3086, reached 889.

1990: Jamont Przemislaw, the “percent” speaks Polish The “100 km of Passatore” in 1990, 18th edition, partly as a test for the World Championship that will be played in 1991. The race was enlivened by the Yugoslav Branko Pecik remained in command until the 36th kilometer and was passed in the middle of the climb of the Passo Glue Casaglia, by Italian Franco Togni that passed, first, on the Apennine pass after 3 hours and 19 ‘; behind him the Swiss Hans Schnyder, the Hungarian Lajos Fazekas and the Frenchman Jean Marc Bellocq. For about ten kilometers from the end of the race, sticking the Polish PRZEMISLAW Jamont exactly two kilometers from Piazza del Popolo in Faenza, exceeded Bellocq, winning in 6:38:53 in less than two minutes from the record of the race. Instead he could aim to break the record of “100” Hungarian Marta Vass with 7:57:25, the test female.

1991: Valmir Nunes from Brazil to win the World Cup This year, the smuggler is global, it is valid for the first World Cup of the specialty and therefore are out in force, in Faenza, delegates IAU and I.A.A.F. The race proved just fast, with steps marathon and the leading group with the command Vuillemenot advanced compact. The platoon began to crumble in Borgo San Lorenzo, Vuillemenot always in my head and in the immediate pursuers also appeared Norman Gennaro and Brazilian Nunes. At the end of the descent in San Cassiano, Nunes was in second place; Brisighella Vuillemenot reached and passed it, NUNES Valmir was set to win the race. His 6:35:36 improved the record of the race and its staff, marked only in Madrid some time ago.

1992: Valmir Nunes, to a So the race. At the start, along with the Brazilian Valmir Nunes won the 1991 and holder of the course record (6:35 ’35 “), a strong batch of Russian athletes (12) led by Juri Starikov. Eighth mile, Fiesole, the two Russians Starikov and Khusnulin passed through in the lead, followed closely by Nunes in difficulty. Brazil’s riagguantare and can overtake the Russian pair. E ‘lonely on the pitch glue in a torrential downpour. 2:45 ’00 “the passage Marathon of the Brazilian. Starikov in a beautiful progression retrieves up to When returning of Nunes and then get over passing the 50th kilometer in 3:15 ‘: Nunes reacts and attacks over the next 18 kilometers of descent. A Brisighella, Nunes passes the lead with 15 minutes ahead of Korabline and Karnaukov and driven by the warm encouragement of the crowds, in 6:53 ’03 “crosses the finish line with the characteristic jump for joy. Korabline and Karnaukov to come ‘ Arrival hand in hand after fifteen minutes. Big applause for Renzo Musso, sixth overall and first of the Italians. Chronicles of no importance the women’s race, which monopolized by the Russian Jrina Petrova ended 18 ^ absolute in 8:12 ’57 “outstanding performance considering that this is his first 100 km and has just 18 years.

1993: begins the era of Kononov The issue No. 21 of the Hundred marks the first victory of the Russians, arrested last year by the fantastic Brazilian Nunes. Start the extraordinary “epic” of ALEXEI Kononov, a physical education teacher of Saratov. At his first appearance, Kononv proves to be a great athlete but also a great tactician. After a short flight of compatriot Niculscin in Borgo San Lorenzo, Kononov takes the lead chased by Korabline and Karnaukov. The advantage of three minutes on the glue remains almost unchanged until the finish. The Hungarian Kovacs (fourth), the American Johnson (fifth) and Italian Panzeri (eighth) break a final ranking that sees 10 Russians in the first places a real domain that is repeated in the women’s field with an encore of Jrina Petrova before Valentina Liakova.

1994: Alexey Kononov and Jrina Petrova repeat Still a splendid double. And for the young queen of the hundred is even the “tris”. The race gives room for surprises. Kononov takes off from the outset, followed at a distance by his countrymen Korabline, Kroupski and Karnaukov which is able to cope with the Italian Panzeri. At the height of Colla, Kononov passes alone. Behind him, an abyss at a distance, while his countrymen resist Panzeri collapses and shrinks. For Kononov is a solitary and triumphant arrival, although no record. Confirmation fourth Kovacs, while overlooking the charts at 9:10 instead Italians Plans and Sartori.

1995: Race photocopy of the previous Too clear superiority of Kononov that has opponents from the outset. Few athletes are able to keep up with him, but only in the early stages. The sample is then extended and all distances. A Marradi has already 11 minutes ahead sull’ungherese Zsigovics who can not keep pace, so as to be exceeded by more competitors in the final. The Slovak Gonda’s won the second place at almost 20 minutes the gap to Kononov. Third and fourth on the German Schneider ceko Telinek. Good test of Padua Marangotto which ranks seventh, and ninth Sartori. There is no struggle between Russia in the women’s field with the victory of the policewoman Moscow Irina Mogarova that distances of nearly an hour the eighteen year old Olga Lapina.

1996: Anatoli Kruglikov the Cento is always Russian Kononov and everyone is waiting for his last win, however a surprise triumphs compatriot ANATOLI KRUGLIKOV, specialist in “24 hours” to the first experience at “Passatore”. A race moved by great rhythm imposed by ceko Telinek that remains in the lead up to the Pass of glue and then retired at the beginning of the descent for spending too much energy. A withdrawal that seems to open up the way for Kononov that it controls the race to San Cassiano (65 km), it happens the incredible Kruglikov reaches him, joined him and overcomes it. Kononov not sustain the pace until having to retire. Newcomer to Cento, Kruglikov, 24-hr sample, and former cross-country skier is deservedly imposes a time not great (7:01:41) ahead of three Italians, Sartori, Ceruti and Romans. Edition No. 24 of Passatore thus marks a partial but significant recovery blue with Stefano Sartori foretaste of the joy of the podium and Ceruti surprise that the first hundred kilometers get an unexpected result. Has not happened since 1985 to see two Italians on the podium. Good quarter of the alfonsinese James Romans with his personal record. All the women in the forecast in his return to the smuggler does not escape IRINA PETROVA success and a fantastic poker wins. Depending on the German Drescher while the bronze goes to Olga Lapina.

1997: a close finish Extraordinary and unusual conclusion for the “Hundred Passatore” valid for the European Championship. A race full of samples, incredibly, it was decided to sprint in the final meters. And ‘here that turns on and decide a race dominated by the overwhelming power of the Russian squadron. A kilometer arrival, Bouskarov goes first at a rate fast and safe, convinced that he had won the victory, thanks to a lead of two minutes on the couple Kononov-Mourzine instead comes up behind him and supports him. Bouskarov no time to notice: from the first is third with Maurzine and Kononov you play success. The check Alexei Kononov, in addition to graduate European champion, won his fourth triumph at the “Passatore”, which led him to equal the record of Melito. First of Italians Stefano Sartori finished sixth, behind the German Sommer. Great and pleasant surprise to Spain, which ranks second in the team standings with the trio Fernandez-Murillo-Corredor, burning the most quoted UK. In the women an accident on the way the British firm Eleanor Robinson, 7 years later, seemed to be able to triumph in Faenza. Russia’s Olga Lapina is thus able to win. The squadron German with Philippin, Mollensiep and Drescher, won the success of their group ahead of Russia.

1998: Stefano Sartori: triumph Blue After ten years, the flag back on the top step of the podium of “One Hundred Km Passatore”. Lucky coincidence and significant, the victory of an Italian athlete arrives on the day in which it is awarded the first national title FIDAL specialty. The winner is STEFANO SARTORI thirty-three of Trentino Pergine able not only to win the race (after the second place in 1996) and the Italian title, but also to fall under the “wall” of seven hours, establishing, with 6h59’22 ” their staff. The cross-country skier Trentino dominated the race until the start imposing their own pace in the race. Passed in solitary position of the head halfway through the race, the glue Casaglia, with a lead of about four minutes, the Trent arrives at the finish line of Faenza with a lead of 12’46 “over the Russian Valeri Sinioushkine, which in the end than the Hungarian Zsigovits and Slovak Gonda’s. fifth place at the other Hungarian Attila Kovacs, author of a great comeback in the second half of the race. fifth and sixth, completing the podium in the Italian championship, the Imola Maximum Plans and the Bologna Claudio Baratta. In the women’s success (8h43’02 “) to the German Anke Drescher that burned in the last kilometers Fadigati the Lombard Josephine, who won the national title, however, and the new Italian best performance on the distance with 8h48’44”. The favorite retreat, the Russian Olga Lapina, defending champion. The Victor Lugo Piva carries out for the sixth time the race.

1999: Vanish success of the 5th King Kononov Race strange and difficult. Hot enough to fear, times above the average, for all those who came, only 794, because this time the road was burning and fatigue ran strongest of all. Valeri Siniouschkine eventually managed to conquer that happened close to a year ago, with a time of 7:10 ’01 “. Re Kononov second, see the pokerissimo and Hungarian Janos Bogar grabs the podium, from which depart the Italians, in the hunt for the national title. If he wins James Romans, sixth overall in 7:30 ’25”. In the women’s duel was among the winners of the last two editions. It is for the German Anke Drescher repeat the success of a year ago (8:45 ’19 “). Maria Luisa Costetti, third, is the Italian champion.

2000: Victory-record Alexey Kononov in its fifth successful Alexey Kononov, forty GF Saratov, an important river port on the Volga and the capital of the Russian province, triumphed for the fifth time – record – the “Hundred”, which he had won in 1993, ’94, ’95 and ‘ 97. The 28th edition of the “Faenza-Florence” is very tight and it was decided, in the best tradition, the pitch glue Casaglia when Kononov launches its attack on Janos Bogar, runner-up on the goal of Faenza, who was shot in the lead at the start made regularly to 15.00 from Florence, passing in front of everyone, the steps of Fiesole (10 ° km, 34’30 “), Elm (20 ° km, 1 hour 11’02”) and Borgo San Lorenzo (35 ° km, 2 hours 09’03 “). Al Colla Pass (50 ° km, 3 hours, 25’14 “), for the first time King of the Mountains of the” hundred “, Kononov takes the lead with 1’14” ahead of Bogar, who is reduced to 6 “in Casaglia, before rising again to the 7’36” final goal of Faenza, Kononov ago when the record time of 7 hours 9 minutes and 16 seconds. More uncertain the fight for the other placings, which sees as protagonists of two other Russian athletes, Valeri Siniouschine (winner of 1999 and 5 ° at the end of the race) and Timour Abzalilov (6 °), the Italians Fratantonio Giuliano, author of a wonderful first part of the race that also leads to the second part (9th), Cesare Bernabei (8th), James Romans, climbed from 14th place on the 7th of Fiesole (the first Ranked Romagna) and Gaetano Cardia 4 ° ( first Italian), and the Slovak Ondrej Gondas, who won the third place (14’29 “its delay Kononov). The “100” of the millennium also meets the rain that hit hard on the head of the race around 19:00 or so and the finish in Faenza until about 21:15, at the risk of recording the first arrival wet in its history. Among the women won the favorite German Anke Descher. The thirty-three athlete Gatersleben, after the departure of the Tunisian Leila rocket Bourghiba Akkari, which broke out shortly before Borgo San Lorenzo, continues to hold the lead of the race, reaching the finish line in 8 hours 57’18 “(1 hour 49’02” after Kononov) and 11’44 “ahead of the Romagna Maria Luisa Costetti, author of a splendid finish.

2001: Kononov in the legend and the Italians on the shields With the victory of this year, the sixth in the series (the first had triumphed in 1993, ’94, ’95, ’97 and 2000), the Russian cross-country skier Alexey Kononov definitely enters the legend of the “One Hundred” and granfondismo world. With a nearly perfect conduct of the race, thanks to the experience gained during its previous holdings, Kononov concludes the “One Hundred” with considerable time 7h02’01 “(7’15” less than in 2000). Along with him, after many years, the Italians are the true protagonists of the 29th edition of the race. In fact, two athletes of our country, Abruzzo Mario Factor (7h9’39 “), 2nd place and Italian champion Fidal 2001, and the Imola Andrea Bernardi (7:11 a.m. ’55”), 3rd place, get on the podium, while five other compatriots enter the top ten. Among women, the success of Lecco Monica Casiraghi, Italian champion Fidal 2001, he won with the great time of 8h11’43 “(14th overall) in front of the Russian Navy Mychlianova the first” hundred “, and the German Anke Drescher, won the last three editions. The decisive stage of the race, playing regularly from Florence, is not the case according to tradition continues toward the shelf (50 ° km), but then Barberry (55 ° km), where Kononov, reached his teammate Valeri Siniouschkine, in turn, on the first shelf with 25 “ahead of him and 2 ‘on the Italian Factor, and goes beyond the lone goal of the Faenza. Second and third, both in recovery, are factor (7’38 “his delay) and Bernabei (9’54” his detachment), while Siniouschkine collapses and reaches 4 °. Subscribers to the “Hundred” in 2001 were 2244, those leaving 1,811, while the runners at the finish line were 880 (+36 compared to 2000), of which 839 Italians and 41 foreigners from 17 countries: 7 German, Russian 5, 5 Slovenes, Czechs 5, 4 U.S., 3 Argentineans, 3 Swiss, 2 French, 2 Austrians, 2 Mexicans, 1 Canadian, 1 Israeli, 1 Hungarian (retired athletes Slovaks, Ukrainians, British and amateur Polynesian).

2002: a double Stefano Sartori edition of the Thirty Years The “Hundred Passatore” back to speak Italian edition of Thirty years, thanks to Trent STEFANO SARTORI, which requires the race from the beginning a high rate (17.2 kilometers per hour to Borgo San Lorenzo), to suppress in the bud any pretensions of opponents, primarily the Russian Alexey Kononov, the most fearsome of all the experience and unapproachable palmares. The race, which started regularly from Florence, he decides to Fiesole, when Sartori, after 34 ‘from the start, attacking the Russian athlete on the climb to the summit crosses. The passage of Olmo (515 m asl), the athlete has a Trentino 1 ‘advantage, increased to 3’49 “in Borgo San Lorenzo (289 m), then 4’52” on the pitch glue Casaglia (913 m), where he won the GPM “Francesco Calderoni”, despite the attempt to recover Kononov that Razzuolo 20 “. At the gates of Marradi, when the Russian is in crisis and shrinking, the advantage of the GF of Pergine rises to 9’50 “against his new rival, the Ukrainian Stanislav Lazyuta, one of the surprises of the race, which does not worries never tread. Sartori, in fact, reached the maximum advantage of approximately 12 ‘on the cross-country skier of Kiev, well manages the final part of the stroke, passing from Fognano with 10’30 “ahead, reduced to approximately 9’ in Brisighella, then to 4’52” end of Faenza, where he records the time 7h9’48 “and won for the second time the” One Hundred “and the Italian title, as it did in ’98. Other athletes have played a good game from Milan Mario Ardemagni (3rd), author of a great comeback on the pitch glue and Ravenna James Romans (5th), preceded by one of the favorites of the vigil, the greek Yiannis Kouros. In the women’s surprise success of Ravenna MARIA LUISA Costetti (8h55’02 “15’48” less than last year), Italian champion of large fund in 2001, which lived up to Brisighella (9 km from the finish line ) reaches or exceeds the favorite German Anke Drescher, three times winner of the “One Hundred” (1998, ’99 and 2000). Finally, the large numbers of 30 ^ “One Hundred”: 1,781 starters, of which 914 (51.32%) at the finish line of Faenza (858 Italians, 49 Europeans, one Iranian, one Israeli, 2 Americans and Argentines 3).

2003 Triumph Italian: 1 ° factor, Ardemagni 2 °, 3 ° Sartori, ea of Casiraghi among women  Mario Factor, 28 year old GF of Mozzagrogna (Chieti), wins alone the 31st edition of the “Passatore”, also winning the Italian title Fidal category with a time of 6h54’04 “, in front of two other Italians, the Milanese Mario Ardemagni (2nd in 7h03’16 “), vice European champion and record holder Italian (6h33’22”), and Trentino Stefano Sartori (3rd in 7h07’42 “), winner in 1998 and 2002, as well as Italian champion outgoing. It was since that day in 1981 that did not happen a podium Italian (Vito Melito then won in front of Loris and Elvino Gennari). The victory of the athlete Abruzzo confirms the predictions of the vigil they saw for the first time 85 Italians favorites, both in the male and female, where he won the big favorite of the eve, that Monica Casiraghi from Lecco, also winner in 2001, he took command of the race right from the start, to complete it with time not far from his Italian record (7h28’00 “). The ‘Passatore’ has found one of its slaughterhouses the unfading Russian Kononov, six times winner of the supermaratona Tuscan-Romagna, the above factor, Sartori and Ardemagni, then the Ukrainian Lazyuta (2nd in 2002), the other Russian Tyajkorob , Slovenian Zepic, Gorini from Faenza, Imola brothers Andrea and Cesare Bernabei and Caravaggio. A Ronta, where the couple was passing Kononov factor-paired, cross-country skiing in Abruzzo sferrava his attack on Kononov and arrived in solitary Pass the glue Casaglia, with 5’30 “of Kononov, in turn preceded by Ardemagni, but followed by a Sartori in growth, qujndi by others before mentioned. A San Cassiano, while Factor Ardemagni and flew toward the finish line, Sartori commenced his comeback on Kononov, and she won the third place at the finish of the Piazza del Popolo in Faenza with a time of 7h07’42 “, 2’06” better than by he achieved last year when he won. To confirm that the Italian podium of the ‘Passatore’ 2003 is really of great quality. Members were 1,710, of which 910 (53.21%) at the finish line of Faenza (4 less than the 2002 edition). Of these, 868 Italians and 42 foreigners.

2004. Al ‘Passatore’ Italy is first in Europe with men and women  European poker Italy in the 32 th edition of the Hundred Kilometres of Passatore – Florence to Faenza, who awarded the European titles IAU (and Italian Fidal) of large fund 2004, thanks to Mario Ardemagni individual victories in the men’s race, with the new double record ‘Passatore’ and Italian gran fondo, world best performance of the season on the distance (6h31’44 “6), and Monica Casiraghi (8h03’03”), in the female. And thanks to the victories of the blue team: 1 ^ Italy (Mario Ardemagni; Stefano Sartori, 4; Lorenzo Trincheri, 9th) in the gran fondo male, with the total time of 20h40’30 “, ahead of Russia and Great Britain first the blue in the female race (Monica Casiraghi, Giovanna Cavalli, 4 ^; Elvira Zoboli, 6 ^), in 25h22’11 “, ahead of Germany and France. The ‘Passatore’ 2004, which started promptly at 15:00 from Florence, it was decided near Ronta (40 ° km), Ardemagni when attacked and removed the four companions with whom he had left together from Florence (the reigning world champion Mario factor, the Apulian Giuseppe Gallitelli, then slipped in the back, the Spaniard Fermin Martin and Scotland’s Simon Pride), then reached and passed, one after the other, the Romanian carneade Gigea Martin, the young Russian Igor Tyazhkorob and the third blue tip Stefano Sartori, author of a comeback from the 8th place in Fiesole on the 1st of Borgo S. Lorenzo. The athlete Milan went first to the pitch glue Casaglia (913 m), where it won the Grand Prix of Mountain raffled by section Faenza dell’Uoei in memory of Francesco Calderoni, its president in the seventies and eighties, and inventor of the ‘hundred’ in ’73 with Alteo Dolcini. Behind Ardemagni, with 3’58 “of detachment, transiting the pair Martinez-factor, then Pride (at 4’20”), the Ukrainian Serhiy Oksenyuk (7’02 “) and Sartori (at 8’37”). A Marradi (65 ° km), while a factor in bad day he retired, followed shortly after the Ukrainian Oksenuyk, Ardemagni took his lead to 8 ‘on the new couple pursuer Martinez-Pride, while the other runners most reliable (Sartori, Russians Beloslutsev, comeback, Kruglikov, winner of the ‘Passatore’ 1996, and Tyazhkorob, German Sommer and one Italian Trincheri) had detachments higher. In Faenza, in the Piazza del Popolo, Ardemagni entered by real winner and the sound of the record won the 32nd edition of the ‘Florence to Faenza’, also winning the Italian title Fidal category. 2 ° Spaniard Martinez (6h48’07 “), which contained the comeback of Pride, just ended 3rd 40” after him. In the women’s success Monica Casiraghi (1969) by Missaglia (Lecco), winner of the 2001 and 2003, and world champion and Italian in office, before the beginning and at the end of the 39th with a time of absolute 8h03’03 “. Behind her, the French Karine Herry (8h12’08 “) and Magali Reymoneng-Beetles (8h26’52”). Members were 1,851 (+141 compared to 2003), of which 1,483 runners and 1,180 (+ 270 compared to 2003) at the finish line of Faenza (over 350 foreigners).

2005. Also speaks Italian, 33 ° Passatore factor with Mario and Paola Sanna Beautiful and suffered Italian victory at the 33 th edition of the ‘Passatore’, with almost tricolor podium in both categories. Among men, 1 Mario Factor (class 1975) of Mozzagrogna (Chieti), with a time of 7h02’46 “60 World Champion 2002 and neo Fidal 2005 Italian champion of large fund, which reconfirmed a double ‘Passatore- Italian title ‘2003, 2nd Stefano Sartori (1965) by Pergine (Trento), with a time of 7h07’25 “00, winner of the’ Passatore ”98 and 2002, 3rd Russian Denis Zhalibin, followed by compatriots Ildar Akhmetshine, in the lead up to the GPM “Francesco Calderoni” and Valeri Siniouschkine, winner in ’99. Among women, the first victory in the Bergamo Paola Sanna (born in 1977), now in Faenza, just before midnight, in 8h59’19 “20, ahead of the compatriots Maria Luisa Costetti (1961) Bagnacavallo (Ravenna), winner of the ‘Passatore’ 2002, and Daniela Fiumara Pero (Milan). First foreigner, Hungarian Maria Horvath of Budapest, now 6th in 11h35’38 “75. The ‘100 km ‘, playing regularly at 15.00 in very hot (35 degrees in Florence, which fell to 25 ° on the pitch glue Casaglia) it was decided – a bit’ like the old days – near Ronta (40 ° km), factor when attacked, recovering much of the lost ground against Akhmetshine (less than 13 ‘), passed through the head to the steps of Fiesole (2’30 “, his advantage), Elm (5’50 “) and Borgo San Lorenzo (11’48”). The athlete Abruzzo, passed on Glue 1’15 “after the Russian surpassed him in Casaglia (52 ° km) and went alone to Faenza. Behind him, shook his favorite race, the Milanese Mario Ardemagni, world champion, European and Italian outgoing winner to the sound of records (6h31’44 “6) of the ‘European Passatore’ 2004 (retired to Casaglia). Recovered positions instead of positions Sartori, ahead of the Russians Zhalibin, Sinioouschkine and even Akhmetshine, which exceeded the ‘crisis’ of Marradi ended 4th. Good performance also for four other Italian: Giorgio Mori (6 °), Alessandro Arnaudo (7th), Pier Giuseppe Bertola (8 °) and Valentino Caravaggio (9th), winner of the Triptych of Ceramics 2003. 10 ° the American Topher Gaylord, improving the performance of 21 positions in 2004. The main focus – it was said – the heat, which has done a lot of ‘victims’: well over 562 runners withdrew 1,371 starters. ‘Just’ 809 came in Faenza (one of which was suspended). Well even the extreme athlete Paul Venturini, his first ‘100 km ‘, ended in 15th place. At the finish, even the record-presences: the Piva Victor Lugo, 68, the only skier to have participated in all 33 editions of the ‘Hundred’ (last place), but also the oldest runner, the 81enne Verona Walter Fagnani, 470 third overall in 15h10’15 “20, then the Faenza Marta Billi and Padua Natalina Masiero, deans of ‘Passatore’ with 23 appearances. Among the twelve diversabili (all at the finish), the Piedmontese victory Gianfranco Pigot (1955).

2006. With Carlin Calcaterra and ‘double podium’ Italian The thirty-four Roman taxi driver Giorgio Calcaterra, in his first 100 km, has hit the victory at the legendary ‘Passatore’, the oldest and most famous race distance in the world and is a graduate Fidal Italian champion in the specialty of 100 km by road, with the ‘great time of 6h45’24 “, sixth best performance ever of’ Faenza-Florence ‘, in front of the younger teammate and Friulian Marco D’Innocenti (thirty-two of Subiaco), also a newcomer to the’ Passatore ‘, now Faenza 2’34 “later. Behind them, to achieve a podium all Italian, the winner of the 2005, the Abruzzo Mario Factor (1st in 2003, the year he won the Italian and European titles, and the year before, he had achieved the world ), which has failed to keep pace with the tread (7h22’27 “his time). The Italian triumph was completed by the blue podium also in the female category, with the victory, accompanied by the record of the race, the lawyer Trentino Monica Carlin (7h51’43 “, the former Eleanor Adams belonged to the British, who had set out in 1991: 7h52’15 “), which preceded the 18’33” of Bergamo Paola Sanna (1st in 2005) and 1h17’25 “the always smiling Ravenna Maria Luisa Costetti (2nd last year and in 2000, and winner in 2002). It was in 1983 that has not been seen ‘double podium’ blue, with foreign athletes in the race, won that year the cheese Mauro Cilia (2 ° the Terni Fausto Coletti, 3 ° the Sassari Fred Muller) and the Ravenna Anna Zacchi (2 ^ the Faenza Irene Bandini, 3rd the Cesena Giuseppina Randi). The ‘Passatore’, started from Piazza della Signoria in Florence at 15:01 on Saturday 27 May, it was decided, as almost never happens, right from the start in both categories, with the pair-Calcaterra D’Innocenti to pull together the Florentine Luke Poodles (retired in Borgo San Lorenzo); Carlin also was just ahead among women, with Sanna behind him that would not let go (eventually improved by more than 49 ‘from 2005), but lost ground little by little. Behind the ‘pair of’ Rome ‘were brought factor, the Trentino Stefano Sartori (winner in 1998 and 2000) and the quartet with Russian Ildar Akhmetshine (4th in 2005, but withdrew this year), Alexei Belosloudtsev (at the end of 5 °), Igor Tyazhdrob (also withdrawn) and Timur Abzalilov (11 °). But Colla Pass (963 meters above sea level, Gran Premio della Montagna “Checco Calderoni”), and D’innocent Calcaterra did the vacuum behind them (Factor passed after 8’38 “, Sartori after 9 minutes exactly), while the Russians collapsed. Calcaterra won the race shortly after Fognano when peeling in the progression D’Innocenti and went on to win in Faenza, in a packed and cheering Piazza del Popolo. Behind them there must have Sartori (factor had detached from the descent of Casaglia), but, because of a unexpected crisis at 3 km from the finish, he was forced to stop. Divided, with factor already far away, Sartori has still won the 4th place. Among the ‘diversabili’ (10 race) victory of Polish Bogdan Krol, reached the finish line on his handibike in 4h40’13 “. Upon arrival also record-presences: the Piva Victor Lugo, 69, the only skier to have participated and completed all 34 editions of the “One Hundred” (this time out of time) and the Faenza Marta Billi: 27 appearances to his active, of which 24 completed. Finally, the numbers: 1,398 runners at the start (27 more than in 2005), of which 28% for the first time (+20% Fidal members), among them 133 women, 48 foreign and 10 athletes ‘diversabili’; 917 finishers (109 more than in 2005).

2007: Victory of a Giorgio Calcaterra. The marathon Roman Giorgio Calcaterra, taxi driver in life, repeating the success in 2006 and wins the 35th Passatore in 6h49’02 “, the seventh best performance ever of Faenza-Florence (3’28” more than the previous edition), yet once in front of the Friulian Marco D’Innocenti, who arrived in Faenza 16’03 “after him. 3 ° newcomer Russian Alexander Vishnyagov, to 31 “from the cross-country skier of Subiaco, then the surprising (and rimontante) Marco Boffo (4 °, 7h14’49”), the second runner Russian, Alexey Izmailov (5 °, 7h30’38 “), and five other Italians: Mario Factor, winner in 2003 and 2005 (6 °, 7h51’24”), Pius Malfatti (7th, 7h53’24 “), Graziano Tamai (8 °, 8h13’18”) Stefano Sartori, granfondismo myth of the world (9th, 88h26’42 “) and Daniele Giusti, first Tuscan absolute (10 °, 88h31’20”). First Romagna, the Romans revived James Alford (13 °, 8h35’52 “); first Faenza, Luigi Bandini (33 °, 9h19’00”). The Italian triumph was completed by women, thanks to the splendid victory in the Bergamo Paola Sanna (1st in 2005 and 2nd in 2006), in 8h33’38 “(12th time overall), before the Bologna Roberta Monari, never so high (2 ^, 8h58’09 “) and the Ligurian Sonia Ceretto, 3rd in 9h36’52”. The favorite thirty Monica Carlin, who won in 2006 with new race record (7h51’43 “), a crisis along the shelf, he retires to 2 km from the summit. The Cento game Saturday, May 27 from Florence (at 15.00, in Piazza della Signoria), it was decided at the beginning thanks to the torque-Calcaterra Vishnyagov pulling of love and agree to the foot of Colla Pass (963 meters above sea level , GPM Checco Calderoni), when Calcaterra (up to Ronta, 40th km) gradually increases the pace pulling the Russian winning the GPM and then arriving first at the finish line of Faenza in the Rain (extremely rare event), with over a quarter of an hour ahead of D’Innocenti, which in the end than the Russian Vishnyagov. Among the diversabili (9 in the race) victory of the Italian champion Roland Ruepp category, reached the finish line on his handibike in 4h00’50 “, a new race record, with an average of 25 km per hour amazing, who won the Grand Prix” Giuliano Vignozzi “, named after the runner diversabile Lastra a Signa died in September 2006, four-time winner of Passatore. Finally, the numbers of Faenza-Florence: 1,425 runners at the start (27 more than in 2006), of which 444 participants for the first time (756 were enrolled Fidal) to the finish line came in 959 (42 more than in 2006). Upon arrival also the deans of the race: the Piva Victor Lugo, 70, only skier to finish all editions (one out of time) One Hundred (919 ° 19h07’21 “) and the Faenza Marta Billi (28 appearances, of which 25 were completed (940 ^, in 19h43’26 “). arrival also the oldest runner, Walter Fagnani, 83 years September 17, 2007, in Verona (626 ° 15h09’50”), the its 34 ^ 100 km, and the youngest, also Veronese, Francesco Castellani, 21 years December 22, 2007 (# 327, 12h49’45. “) Of note is the arrival of the journalist-runner Faenza Titian Zaccaria (The Resto del Carlino), in his first Passatore, now 300 th overall in 12h39’27 “.

2008: Kind of Giorgio Calcaterra, Italian Champion with Monica Carlin The Roman Giorgio Calcaterra centers the third ‘Passatore’ row and Italian Champion Fidal in the specialty of 100 km on the road with the staff on the distance of 6h37’45 “(6h49’02”, the fourth best performance ever of ‘Faenza-Florence ‘: 7’39 “in less than its former staff and well 11’17” less than the’ Hundred ‘2007), 22’58 “ahead of the runner-up, the Venetian Marco Boffo (4th in 2007) , which is improved by over 14 minutes, and 15’05 “on the 3 °, the Russian Alexey Izmailov (5 ° in 2007), in turn miglioratosi of about 27 ‘with respect to the 35 ^ edition. Behind them, the other Russian Vsevolod Khudyakov (4 °, in 7h06’23 “), then the surprising Turin Francis Caroni (5 °, in 7h13’04”), followed by Vicenza Andrea Rigo (6 °, at 7:22 a.m. ‘ 59 “), two other runners Russians, Alexander Vishnyagov (7 °, 7h31’43” last year came 3rd) and Oleg Bajenov (8 °, in 7h42’05 “) and two Italian: Pio Malfatti ( 9 °, 7h53’06 “in 2007 came 7th with 18” plus) and the runner cinquantunenne Bergamo Mario Pirotta, (10 °, 7h51’24 “). First Romagna, the Ravenna Massimo Lusardi (16 th overall, in 8h32’45 “), in front of the Faenza Marco Square (18 th overall, in 8h37’48”); first Tuscan, Florentine Enrico Bartolini (22 th overall, at 8:45 a.m. ’51 “), in front of the Prato Carmine Ugolini (45 ° absolute, in 9h20’34”). The Italian triumph is completed by the women’s podium, all blue, with the splendid victory to the sound of personal record of thirty Monica Carlin runner, who won the ‘Passatore’ 2006. His time – 7h39’43 “- is also the best performance of the 100 km of Passatore, both in absolute terms and in accordance with the new variation of the path, known as reduced and certified by Fidal, starting from this edition, the distance of 100 km exact. Carlin has been improved by as much 11’55 “compared to his previous performance in 2006. Depending on the Bergamo Paola Sanna (1st in 2005 and 2007, 2nd in 2006), in 8h38’49 “(19 th overall) in front of the Bologna Roberta Monari, ever so close (3rd in 8h41’35” miglioratasi of 16’34 “over 2007). The ‘Passatore’, party regularly from Florence Via de ‘Calzaiuoli, at 15.00 on Saturday, May 31, it was decided from the outset thanks to the pair Giorgio Calcaterra-Marco D’innocent (2nd in 2006 and 2007), who have impressed a high rate (with a time less than 2 ‘from the first steps 2007), pulling of love and agree to Vetta Crosses (km 22). The high pace and adjust Calcaterra, however, has slammed the runner of Subiaco (retired after Borgo S. Lorenzo, to be exact, Madonna of the three rivers), leaving the GF Roman honor and the burden of winning in beautiful solitude his third ‘Faenza-Florence’ in a row, after passing the head of the Colla Pass (963 meters above sea level, GPM UOEI “Francesco Calderoni”). Calcaterra crossed the line of Manfreda Piazza del Popolo, full of people, including not a few students participants in the four relay side of the event, with about 23 ‘ahead – as mentioned – on Boffo, who had in turn passed the Russian Izmailov before Marradi (km 65). Finally, the numbers: 1,465 members, 1,391 runners at the start (34 less than in 2007), of which 442, which they held for the first time, 777 members Fidal, 138 women, 57 foreigners from 18 countries, the goal have reached 987 runners: 28 more than in 2007.

2009: A ROW OF POKER GIORGIO CALCATERRA Always him, the Roman Giorgio Calcaterra center for the fourth consecutive time the ‘Passatore’ n. 37. We could close here, but obviously we can not do it, because, even with a high time 6h56’37 “(18’52” more than in 2008), Calcaterra reaching a milestone never before achieved by any of the runner-Faenza Florence, precisely the four wins in four editions in a row. The runner-Roman taxi driver wins 19’22 “lead over 2nd place, reviving countryman Marco D’Innocenti, 2nd in 2006 and 2007 (7h15’59”), and 22’40 “on the 3rd , the twenty year old Siberian Svevolod Khudyakov (4th in 2008). Behind them, the Imola Andrea Bernabei (4 °, in 7h06’23 “), Romagna and the first winner of the” triptych “of Romagna, which, in addition to the ‘Passatore’, includes Marathon Lamone of Russians and 50 km of Romagna Castel Bolognese (for the record, among women, the ‘Triptych’ was won by the Ravenna Paola Fuschini: 10h49’39 “). After Bernabei, came the unfading Trentino Stefano Sartori, 1st editions in 1998 and 2002 (5 °, in 7h35’51 “), the Bologna Luigi Paintings (6 °, 7h44’07”), the first woman, the Russian Irina Vishnevskaya, 7th absolute 7h50’04 “and five Italians, another Roman, Frank Bruno (8 °), the Calabrian Leonardo Sestito (9th), who defeated the Lombards in the sprint Cristian Colombo (10 °) and Leandro Guarnieri (11 °) and the runner Piedmont Daniel Gaido (12 °), the first ‘hundred’. Coming to the women, said the Russian Vishnevskaya, winner of the ‘Passatore Cup’ 2009 (6 hours Moscow), it should be noted the excellent 2nd place in the Bergamo Paola Sanna, returning in a large fund (32 ^, in 9h05’37 “), which has a great palmares (two wins in 2005 and 2007, and as many second places in 2006 and 2008), while the 3rd place went to the Verona Chiara Pacchiega (50 ^, in 9h27’11”) . The ‘Passatore’, party regularly from Florence Via de ‘Calzaiuoli at 15.00 on Saturday 30 May, it was decided at once, thanks to the trio Khudyakov-Calcaterra-D’innocenti, who has given the race a very high pace (in Fiesole, 53 “in less than in 2008, rising to-4’06” to Vetta Crosses). The high pace imposed by the Russian, with Calcaterra seconds behind to control, was cut short after Borgo San Lorenzo (35th km), while D’Innocenti, appropriately followed a more regular rhythm at about 7 ‘away. Calcaterra took the opportunity to overcome Khudyakov, passed between Ronta Razzuolo and also the runner of Subiaco, which approached the GF Roman, who was passing at the head of the Colla Pass (963 meters above sea level, GPM UOEI “Francesco Calderoni”) with 1 ‘ 20 “D’Innocenti. When it seemed possible the reunion, Calcaterra stretched regularly, increasing the advantage until the finish of Manfreda Piazza del Popolo, full of people, including students participating in the relay side of the event, followed gradually by the others mentioned runners. At 11.00 on Sunday, 31 May will be 993 (six more than in 2008). Finally, the other figures. The ‘Firenze-Faenza’ 2009 registered 1,370 members, of which 1,277 runners (793 members Fidal). Among them, 132 women and 54 runners from 16 countries (Bermuda, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary and USA). 493 runners have played for the first time.

2010: DOWN THE HAT, CALCATERRA BEATS THE FIVE! The thirty-eight runner Roman Giorgio Calcaterra, a taxi driver in life, centered his fifth victory on the 38th ‘Passatore’ in 6h51’29 “(5’08” less than the ‘hundred’, 2009) and enters the legend of the ‘Faenza-Florence ‘. The goal of the five straight wins in as many editions, in fact, had never been reached by any runner. “King George” precedes 10’11 “2nd place, the Russian Dmitry Tsyganov, his first ‘Passatore’, which, in turn, anticipates 1’24” Francesco from Turin Caroni (3rd), author of a stunning comeback. Behind them come the Ukrainian Evgenii Glyva (4 °, in 7h08’40 “), Marco D’Innocenti, an old acquaintance of the ‘Hundred’ (came second three times: 5 °, in 7h10’41”), the second Russian Alexey Izmalov (6 °, 7h13’08 “), Andrea Rigo (7 °, as in 2008, in 7h22’00”), Andrea Bernabei (4th in 2009, this time 8 °, in 7h29’35 ” , and the first of Romagna), then the best paper on the Russians, Svevolod Khudiakov (4th in 2008 and 3rd in 2009, 9 °, in 7h41’33 “), and Michele Evangelisti, 10 °, in 7h48’39 “first of Tuscany. Among women, surprise victory of Sonia genovere Ceretto, 13 ^ absolute, in 8h13’41 “, which with a stroke adjusting ago emptiness behind her, ahead of 1h04’05” the blue Lorena Di Vito and Cristina fiesolana Pitonzo. The ‘Passatore’ 2010 party Saturday, May 29 from Florence Via de ‘Calzaiuoli a few minutes in advance (exactly 14h57’26 “), it was decided from the beginning (it’s a habit … the last few years), thanks at the rate imposed by Calcaterra, who in Fiesole and Vetta Crosses comes a few seconds reggiano Daniel Paladino (who retired to Panicaglia), the Russian Khudyakov, Marco Boffo (out of competition at the 37th km), Italians D’Innocenti and Rigo , the other Russian and English Tsyganov Izmailov and David Kirkland, his first 100 km, retired in Marradi (65 ° km). High rates (for the sunny, breezy day on the Tuscan side), which in Borgo San Lorenzo were increased by Calcaterra, with Khudyakov, trailing by 9 “, who tried to resist and, as happened in 2009, paid effort and was overcome by compatriots Tsyganov and Izmailov, the Ukrainian Glyva and Italians D’Innocenti, Rigo, Bernabei and Caroni, which, as mentioned, with a superb recovery conquered the 3rd square. Rain and hail that struck several times in the late afternoon and evening on the Romagna Apennines, if slowed down the pace of the tread and his pursuers, did not affect much on most of the other runners, who – at 11.00 on Sunday May 30, maximum time of travel – share exceeded one thousand finishers Faenza in Piazza del Popolo. For the accuracy with the number of 1,031 athletes (including two diversabili) have realized the record of arrivals of the race. Finally the other digits. The ‘Firenze-Faenza’ 2010 recorded 1,383 members, of which 1,321 starters, with 145 women and 69 runners from 23 countries (Albania, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Ukraine, Hungary, USA). 593 runners have the race for the first time, 825 were enrolled Fidal. At the finish, as I said, came in 1031 (38 more than in 2009).

2011: 6 VICTORIES 6 OF CALCATERRA IN THE RECORD EDITON The 39th 100km Passatore – a record edition – was won by thirty-nine Roman Giorgio Calcaterra, who thus centered the sixth consecutive victory, with a time of 6:25:47, a new record for the race, as well as its personal distance. Calcaterra has lowered 5’57 “the previous record (6:31:44) by Mario Ardemagni, winner of the” Passatore “2004, which granted the title of European specialties. Edition record for the staff of the 2nd place, the Abruzzo Alberico Di Cecco, who arrived at the finish line with a time of Faenza less than Ardemagni record: 6:28:48, at 3’01 “from Calcaterra. The race being the fastest in its history is another record in the “Hundred” in 2011, as it is a record (including editions of the twenty-first century) the number of starters – 1,562 – and above all – time record – the number of arrived: 1258! Calcaterra entered the legend of the “Faenza-Florence” because the goal of six straight wins in as many editions has never been achieved by any other runner, even if the “myth” Russian Alexey Kononov of “smugglers” had won six as him, but in nine editions between 1993 and 2001: ’93, ’94, ’95, ’97, 2000 and 2001. Behind the duo Calcaterra-Di Cecco, remote … abyssal, have classified the Russians Svevolod Khudiakov (3 °, to 36’02 “) and Dmitry Tsyganov (4 °, to 36’57”). Beautiful surprises: the cheese Daniel Palladino Scandiano, 5th in 7:26:08; reviving Brazilian Valmir Nunes, World Champion 1991 title won by winning the “Passatore” of that year (repeated in ’92), 6th (after 19 years since participation) in 7:31:40; newcomer Moroccan El Fadil Soufyane, 7th in 7:34:07, the Genoese Graziano Tamai, 8th in 7:40:10, the Marche Paul good, 9th in 7:40:10. Italian podium in the women’s field, with the victory of favoritissima Monica Carlin, eleventh absolute 7:45:28: good performance, not far from his race record (7:39:42) behind her genovere Sonia Ceretto , winner of the 2010 (2nd in 8:51:57), and Como Barbara Galimberti (3rd in 9:24:50). Started at 15.00 on Saturday, May 28 from Florence (Via de ‘Calzaiuoli), the “Hundred” saw an early lead Giorgio Calcaterra, who imposed the pace since the slope of Fiesole, flanked by Emanuele Di Cecco and Zenucchi (retired after top Crosses, 23 ° km), a short distance: Marco D’Innocenti, who retired in Panicaglia (32 ° km), Khudyakov, Tsyganov, Bravi, Marco Serasini (the first “hundred”, finished in 19th place), Stefano Sartori (11 °), Palladino, Soufyane, Nunes. A Razzuolo (45 ° km), along the climb to the Passo della Colla, Calcaterra tried to shake off Di Cecco, passing alone on top of Coppi “Faenza-Florence” in 3h11’29 “, with 40” ahead of Di Cecco and 5’30 “on Khudiakov. Di Cecco recovered the gap to Barberry (55 ° km), following like a shadow Calcaterra to San Cassiano (75 ° km), when the Roman champion attacked him for the second time, and gradually reaching far in Faenza (Piazza del Popolo ) with over 3 ‘ahead of him. The “Faenza-Florence” 2011 recorded 1,623 members (195 women), of which, as already written, 1,562 runners and 1,258 arrived. 924 cardholders Fidal, 740 first-timers, 80 foreign runners from 23 countries: Albania, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland , Portugal, Czech Republic, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, USA and Hungary.

2012: SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN FOR CALCATERRA Incredible Calcaterra! At a good forty years of age the Roman ultra marathon runner scored his seventh straight win in the fortieth anniversary (May 26-27, 2012) edition of the “Passatore” with a time of 6:44:51, barely 34 days after winning the world title in the category at Seregno on April 22nd. Calcaterra definitely became a legend of the “Florence-Faenza” because with the seven straight wins he achieved a record unequalled in the event when he overtook the Russian legend Alexey Kononov who had won six editions in 1993, ’94, ’95, ’97, 2000 and 2001.

Calcaterra finished 7:09 in front of race debutant Pietro Colnaghi from Lombardy who is well known in the lands between Tuscany and Romagna from previous events in the area, specifically in the Mugello Marathon where he placed 2nd in 2009 and 4th in 2010. Behind this front pair there was the excellent confirmation by last year’s 5th placed runner, Daniele Palladino from Emilia, who finished 3rd in a time of 7:07:05. The female category saw the 4th win by Monica Carlin in a time of 7:35:07, beating her own previous record by 4:35. She finished in front of the Russian debutante Irina Pankosvskaya (8:02:54) who in the final stages overtook the 3rd placed Paola Sanna (8:04:05).
After the start Calcaterra quickly took the lead, flanked by Colnaghi and the Russian Alexey Izmailov who after the Fiesole would fall back into the race’s rear. Behind these was a quintet of runners composed of Marco D’Innocenti, Francesco Caroni, Marco Boffo, Antonio Armuzzi and by the other Russian Dmitri Tzyganov. A short distance behind was Adilson Fortez Spencer Varela from Cape Verde, and then by Daniele Palladino, Marco Cerasini and Andrea Bernabei.
On the ascent towards the Passo della Colla Calcaterra made a charge on Colnaghi and took the lead, passing the high point of the race alone in a time of 3:13:36 with a lead of about two minutes. This lead would increase during the rest of the race, 3 minutes at Marradi, 5 minutes at Brisighella to the final break of 7:09 at Faenza. Behind the leading duo was a jostle with continuous changes of position that would settle only at Marradi (62km).
Calcaterra reached Piazza del Popolo where the crowd gave him a rousing welcome, as it did for Colnaghi who was the author of an excellent result in his first “Florence-Faenza”. After them, as previously stated, came Palladino who was 6 seconds ahead of the 4th placed Tsyganov from Russia, then Boffo (5th in 7:08:44), 6th place for Fortez Spencer Varela from Cape Verde (7:10:43), also in his debut race. They were followed by Caroni (7th in 7:18:13), Armuzzi (8th in 7:23:21), Izmailov (9th in 7:33:08) and Bernabei from Imola in 10th place in 7:34:40, the first finisher from the Romagna.
The 2012 edition of the 100km of the Passatore had 2,112 enrolments of which 2,035 started the race and 1,635 reached the finish line. There were 1,256 members of the FIDAL with 844 debutants. There were 257 female runners. The participants included 78 foreign runners from 23 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cape Verde, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.

2013: EIGHT OUT OF EIGHT FOR CALACTERRA Giorgio Calcaterra never ceases to amaze! At the fine age of 41 the athlete from Rome achieved his eight consecutive victory in the “Passatore” with a time of 6:35:59, at the same time winning the overall national Italian title in the category. Calcaterra not only confirmed that he is the best Italian and world exponent of 100km road racing, but that he is really and truly the “living legend” of the “Florence-Faenza”. His eight victories in consecutive races are a unique result that no other athlete can match, not even when confronted with the other major ultramarathons around the world.  The ultra marathon runner finished 9:54 ahead of the Ukrainian Yevgeny Glyva (6:49:53) who had previously finished fourth in 2010 and 18:02 from the debutant Hermann Achmuller (6:58:01) from Brixen-Bressanone in Alto Adige. After them came the splendid confirmation of Marco Serasini from the Romagna (13th in 2012) in 4th place, 25 minutes behind the winner (7:04:59). In the female category, victory went to the Croatian athlete Marija Vrajic (8:06:50) on her debut race, in front of the always gritty Paola Sanna from Bergamo (8:28:27) whose records in the event needs no explanation having won in 2005 and 2007, 2nd places in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and 3rd last year. She was followed by Tuscan Cristina Pitonzo (9:05:52) who had placed 5th in 2012.

After the start under incessant rain that scourged Florence all day until an hour after the start of the race (and a temperature of 8 degrees) the whole event was run in conditions that were little short of autumnal (6 degrees at Vetta le Croci, 3 at Passo della Colla at Casaglia, 6 again at Marradi and then 8 degrees at the finish at Faenza where rain greeted the winner), above all for the bulk of the competitors who ran throughout the night. Compared to recent editions the race was not led solely by Calcaterra, but by the 29 year old Ukrainian from Kiev, Yevgeni Glyva who arrived first at Fiesole (6.5kn) with a 6 second lead on Calcaterra and Achmuller, increasing the lead to 1’55” at Vetta le Croci (16.5km), to 2’33” at Borgo San Lorenzo and about 4” at Passo della Colla )48km). Calcaterra had left behind Achmuller at Razzuolo (45km), joining a little after Crespino (56km) and progressively building a lead on the Ukrainian who in any case confirmed the prerace predictions that named him the principle rival to the athlete from Rome. Meanwhile Achmuller arrived within 30 seconds of the Ukrainian, but in the end for his efforts paid off, gaining third place and also the prize for the best debutant. Behind the three pacemakers alternated many athletes some of whom suffered more from the cold and the rain that forced them to retire from the race. At Faenza, behind Calcaterra and the other three athletes named finished, in order of time, Silvano Beatrici (5th in 7:17:34), Francesco Milella (6th, 7:24:01), Massimo Poggiolini (7th, 7:27:52), Antonio Armuzzi (8th, 7:36:30), Andrea Bernabei (9th, 7:39:21) and the Dutchman Danny Van Den Ham (19th, 7:52:13).
1,451 athletes crossed the finish line at Faenza, including 11 disabled athletes, the first of which was the Italian champion Paolo Cecchetto who reached Piazza del Popolo in his “cyclone” in a time of 4:06:01. Amongst the finishers we point out the youngest runner, the 20 year old Lorenzo Vignoni from Faenza (14:24:34) and the veterans of the race (40 participations): the “legendary” the 88 year old Walter Fagnani from Verona, 1,359th place with a time of 17:52:59, the 61 year old from Sesto Fiorentino near Florence in 1,439th place in 19:27:10 and the female veteran in her 31st participation Natalina Masiero from Padua who finished 780th with a time of 13:31:11. First amongst the Florentines were Luca Piscopo (9:54:28) and Alessia La Serra (11:11:27) and frome the runners from Faenza, Massimo Ragazzini (8:24:27) and Anna Maria Leha (10:28:00).
The “Florence-Faenza” 2013 had 2,035 enrolments wo the event with 1,782 starting of whom 246 were women and 79 runners from 26 different countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Norway, Peru, Rumania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Ukraine, the United States of America and Vietnam. Of the Italian competitors, 1,187 were members of FIDAL and 806 in their debut race.