As for the medals of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
As for the European Football Championships.
As with many postponed events from 2020 to 2021.
Even the famous and beautiful medal of the Hoka Ravenna Marathon City of Art 2021 will show on the back what was the originally scheduled date for the previous year’s edition, canceled following the health emergency and, in our case, replaced with the symbolic relay #weareravenna: 8 November 2020.
As already told on several occasions, the 2020 medal was designed as an anticipated homage to Dante’s celebrations, which this year were organized in Ravenna to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1321-2021), poet and father of contemporary Italian language which in the Romagna capital rests in the tomb erected in his honor. A medal that is still very topical given that in these weeks many cultural events dedicated to Dante are still taking place throughout Italy.
A medal designed for one occasion and which will be awarded on another.
The reason for this choice is exquisitely practical, given that most of the medals for the 2020 Marathon, all rigorously assembled by hand with the Byzantine technique that involves the mosaic tiles with a sharp corner, had already been made in view of the last edition. year. Today, however, that date 8 November 2020 in a medal that will be delivered on 14 November 2021 today also contains a deeper and more important element that will make every single piece a collector’s item, unique in its kind and even more precious. : the memory.
Yes, the memory. Because we cannot, we must not and we do not want to cancel what happened. We will never forget the Covid-19 pandemic and we will never forget who, today, is no longer there and cannot be at our side for new adventures. We will not forget, in the hope that the past has left us a lesson and a warning to help us build a better future.
On 14 November 2021 all the finishers, and only the finishers of the three distances of 42, 21 and 10 Km, will receive their medal in their respective dimensions and pinwheel will read 8 November 2020. A day in which no one wanted to smile and that seems very far away , remembered today with confidence and optimism.
Let’s look ahead, ready to run and to return to experience the thousand emotions of a Marathon all together!