FLORENCE URBAN TRAIL 2017 – From the countryside of Florence to Florence's historic centre

Ended today the fourth edition of Florence Urban Trail, which saw nearly 2.000 athletes run between the monuments and the Florentine hills. The competition was inaugurated Saturday night with night race 13 km from the municipality of Florence Sport Councilor Andrea Vannucci, on the stage set up under the Basilica of Santa Croce.

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Were planned 3 Gare: the 13 km by night Saturday night, the 30 And the 45 km on Sunday morning.
It was also a challenge (13 SM clubs + 30km daylight) and a Ultrachallenge (13 SM clubs +45 km).
The 1.000 runners in the night race, that logged out, having run from Piazza Santa Croce le vie del centro, enlightening them with their headlamps, then cross the Boboli Gardens, head towards San Miniato and Piazzale Michelangelo, between ups and downs of the alleys and streets of Florence. On part of the route of 13 km by night was also held the second edition of Florence Urban Walking, a path of 10 km which saw committed over 200 walkers.

Of nocturnal 7.80 MI
1. Cane Mammoth Team
2. Francis Rafiq Spirit Trail Team
3. Lorenzo Checcacci

1. Francesca Bailey Ship U.s.. A.S. D.
2. Muhammad Farooq Maremontana ASd
3. Benedetta Broggi Raschiani Triathlon Pavese

The runners who participated in the 30 km and 45 km, departing at 8.30 on Sunday from Piazza Santa Croce, they came up to Settignano, Fiesole, Monte Ceceri and Maiano to return towards the Centre along the banks of the River Arno in an actual technical trail, with an elevation gain of 1200 meters for 45 km and about 600 meters for 30 km , with panoramas and vistas.
The uncertain weather and wet, saw the rainfall in the last hours, did not diminish the enthusiasm of trail runners.
Growing interest also outside Italy for the event that records many foreign runners. Among the Nations most represented are Usa, the Belgium and Greece.

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These winners of various competitions: 1st place men for 30 km Diego Gonzo del team SILVANO FEDI A.S.D. con un tempo, di 2 hours, 18 minutes and 42 seconds. In second place John Caini SCANDICCI BRIDGE South team 2 hours, 20 minutes and 52 seconds. Third Antonio Ivan Tavella, with 2 hours 23 minutes and 21 seconds.

First runner-up of women of 30 km is Catrin Kommer, OHMENAUSEN SV team with a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 32 seconds, seguita da Benedetta Broggi RASCHIANI TRIATHLON PAVESE's team with a time of 2 hours 46 minutes and 16 seconds, in third place Cristina Salazar EROCKTEAM team with a time of 2 hours 47 minutes and 6 seconds.
The Challenge 7.80 MI + 30 km men was won by Diego Gonzo SILVANO FEDI s. D team with a time of 3 hours 13 minutes and 26 seconds, secondo posto per Giuseppe Moliterni del team A.S.D. GRAVINA "FESTINA LENTE" with a time of 3 hours 22 minutes and 24 seconds, third Szymel Michal with a time of 3 hours 23 minutes and 41 seconds.
The Challenge 7.80 MI + 30 km ladies was won by Benedetta Broggi RASCHIANI TRIATHLON team BUNTING with a time of 3 hours 49 minutes and 43 seconds, second place team TEAM with Frank Gale of DIMITRIADIS 4 hours 7 minutes and 7 seconds, third Luisa a Canon of TERMOLI RUNNERS team 4 hours 10 minutes and 13 seconds.

45km men: Vince Riccardo Balusu del team BERGTEAM SALOMON con un tempo di 3 hours 12 minutes and 24 seconds, in front of Francis Rafiq the team SPIRIT TRAIL TEAM with a time of 3 hours 17 minutes and 18 seconds, third Cane della squadra TEAM MAMMUT con un tempo di 3 hours 28 minutes and 5 seconds.

45km ladies: Vince Simona Maliwan SALOMON with a time of 3 hours 54 minutes and 30 seconds, in front of Franziska Etter HOKA ONE ONE team SWITZERLAND with a time of 4 hours 2 minutes and 58 seconds, third Cool Maestro with a time of 4 hours 49 minutes and 33 seconds.

Direct billing Ultra Challenge, the combination of 13 km + 45 km men è stata vinta da Francesco Rigodanza del team SPIRITO TRAIL TEAM con un tempo di 4 hours 8 minutes and 12 seconds, secondo Luca Carrara con TEAM MAMMUT con un tempo di 4 hours 18 minutes and 11 seconds, third Angel Francesco Ferrari with a time of EROCKTEAM team 4 hours 45 minutes and 2 seconds; While the Ultra Challenge 13 km + 45 km ladies vede al primo posto Laura Ravani del team GS ORECCHIELLA con un tempo di 6 hours and 25 seconds, followed by Silvia team Jessica Mammarella CORRO ERGO SUM time RUNNERS 6 hours 27 minutes and 17 seconds, terza è arrivata Lieve Govaerts con un tempo di 6 hours 38 minutes and 46 seconds.

As in past editions, the main sponsors of the event are Salomon ( and Suunto (, two leading brands in the world of trail running.

The Florence Urban Trail also important Charity appearance with Oxfam, who is committed to participation in the race a team of asylum migrants, greeted in Florence and Tuscany with the project Run As One – with people fleeing.
“To organize and run a true Trail in a city like Florence between squares and monuments famous all over the world and with a wonderful view over the city and its hills, ’ is a unique experience. We are pleased with the success of this fourth edition of Florence Urban Trail, says Simone Bansal, Race Director. We especially thank our volunteers who helped us a lot to make this event as well as our sponsors and partners, the city of Florence and Fiesole, the municipal police for engagement ".

A lot of turnout even in the second edition of FUTEX 2017, l ’ Expo dedicated to trail running set up all ’ Obihall of Florence.

Rankings and all other news about races are available on the website

The numbers of Florence Urban Trail – 4a Edition, 4/5 March 2017 Piazza Santa Croce, 3 distances: 13km by night; 30km; 45 km. Challenge (13 SM clubs + 30 km); Ultrachallenge (13 SM clubs + 45 km); 10 km Urban Walking by night.

The event was presented in Palazzo Vecchio in the presence of Vadnais, sport councilor of the municipality of Florence, Anna Rabaud, Mayor of Fiesole, Simone Bang, Race Director, Lia Ferrini, territorial representative Florence for Oxfam Italy, Charity Partner of the event.

"Two days of great sport in our city," said Vannucci – with an event that opens the spring season of running in Florence. Fledged urban trail that makes this event a unique and original date, Thanks to the great charm of night race with riders who will go through the Boboli Gardens equipped with front light bulb ". “Thanks to Florence Urban Trail Fiesole has joined Florence is culturally that sportsman-said the Mayor Rabaud – An important opportunity for our region which we hope will continue in the future “. “The Florence Urban Trail is the main event of trail citizen in Italy, with three different ways to satisfy your craving for trail running of each participant according to his personal ability ", They explained the organizers.

Sold out for the 13 km by night, with thousands of subscribers who will start Saturday at 21 from Santa Croce square and walk the streets of downtown and then cross the Boboli Gardens with their headlamps. The runners will follow the route to San Miniato and Piazzale Michelangelo, with ups and downs through the alleys and streets of Florence. The first arrivals are expected in Piazza Santa Croce around 21:45, While the latest at 23:00. On part of the route of 13 km by night will be held the second edition of the Florence Urban Walking, a path of 10 km dedicated to walkers. Pectorals still available for 30 And the 45 km on Sunday morning, at the start at 8:30 always from Santa Croce square. Originate from all Italy and not only, athletes attracted to the beauty of Florence and its hills: many are foreigners who have decided to join the trail fiorentino. Between members include several top runner, including the first and second place in the Ultra-Challenge of 2016: the bergamasco Cane (Team Mammut) and the veneto Francis Rafiq (Spirit Trail Team). Among the favourites also the two athletes Salomon Riccardo Balusu and Simona Maliwan.
Despite the length of the track and the remarkable participation of athletes, the Florence Urban Trail is a sporting event with a low impact on city streets. Closures are planned on the boulevards leading to the piazzale Michelangelo, on Saturday evening from 21.00 at 22:30 about, and Sunday morning from 8:45 at 9:30 about. Sunday 5 March will also be closed on Ponte San Niccolò, from 10:00 at 14:00.





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