The eternal Italian city of Rome welcomed more than 11,000 runners, including 5,000 foreign runners from 102 countries for the 27th International Rome Marathon on Sunday March 27, 2022.
Ethiopian runners Bekele Fikre Tefera and Dalasa Sechale Adugna have won the 27th International Rome Marathon, an annual race in the Italian capital, Rome.
An Italian media reported that athlete Tefera broke the marathon record with 2 hours 6 minutes and 48 seconds.
The record belonged to Kenyan athlete Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum with 2 hours 7 minutes and 18 seconds in 2009.
Foreign runners, as well as locals, joined the Acea Run Rome marathon, the Acea Run4 Rome charity relay and the popular Fun Race. The latter returns to the venue for the first time in the post-pandemic era, but runners participated in virtual mode from all over Italy. The race started from Fori Imperiali at 8:30 am. The runners run around Rome for 42 km along the Tiber, source of life and symbol of this edition, which appears on the medal and on the official t-shirt.
There were 2,417 women registered for the marathon, more than 22% of all participants.
Although the pandemic is not yet over and there are still many travel restrictions, 5,000 foreign runners from 102 countries representing all continents participated in the Acea Run Rome marathon. Italy was the most represented country with 5827 participants, followed by France (909 runners), the United Kingdom (693) and Spain (455). The United States comes just behind and is first among non-European countries with 330 participants. 49 registered Ukrainian runners. Only a few were able to make it to the starting line.
Some participants drew attention to the war in Ukraine with their attire.
Viktoria Gudyma from Ukraine participated in the race and she posed for the cameras with her country’s flag. Viktoria arrived with her son in Rome on March 25 after leaving Kyiv.