The second edition of Ravenna Park Race, scheduled for Sunday 13 September at Casal Borsetti, will be a beautiful colorful event of people, spaced apart and attentive to all the protocols in force to combat the spread of Covid-19. The organization of Ravenna Runners Club represented a guarantee of safety and tranquility for the nearly one thousand people, including runners and walkers, who registered up until yesterday in the online portal of the event, the only way to be part of the given event that on-site registration will not be allowed for health security reasons. Exactly 975 will be the participants: 410 competitive runners and 565 walkers for motor play. The long-awaited event in nature will therefore allow many enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of the itinerary entirely planned in the Po Delta Park in the territory of the Lidi Nord of Ravenna.
The distances proposed in the second edition of Ravenna Park Race are largely similar to those of last year: Trail Running from 21 Km and Eco Walking from 8 Km. The trail will unfold on a path without gradients and mostly at sea level, will attract runners accustomed to this distance from all over the peninsula with athletes and enthusiasts from numerous Italian regions: Sicily, Veneto, Marche, Lombardy, Umbria, as well as Emilia Romagna. Those who simply want to enjoy a beautiful day in nature admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Delta Park and the many incredible views of the route, can do so thanks to the 8 km Eco Walking, the short route that can be tackled by running or walking with a proposal. within everyone’s reach.
The guidelines related to Covid-19 will force to change the habits now rooted in the world of running. After registration, already closed from 8 September, the bib can be collected at the offices of Ravenna Incoming, IAT Mausoleo Teodorico in Via delle Industrie n. 14 in Ravenna on Friday 11, from 9.30 to 18.30, and Saturday 12 September, in the morning from 9.00 to 13.00. From 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm on Saturday afternoon, bibs can be collected at the Park Race Village set up in the Stella Rossa Sports Center in Casal Borsetti. On the day of the race, from 7.15 to 8.15, collection will always be possible at the Red Star Center, but only for residents outside the Municipality of Ravenna.
WAVE DEPARTURES AND DISTANCE
Precisely for the particular period in which it takes place, great attention will be paid to health safety for Park Race 2020. Therefore, following the guidelines drawn up for this type of event, the departure is set from 8.45 am in the vicinity of the Red Star Sports Center in Casal Borsetti. Starting will be 50 entrants at a time, with each group spaced three minutes apart. The competitive runners of the 21 km Trail will start first, followed by the non-competitive runners and walkers. And everyone will be sensitized not only on compliance with anti Covid regulations, but also on the protection of the surrounding environment through behaviors in keeping with a beautiful ecosystem to be preserved. Naturally, in the pre and post event phases, we will proceed with all the attentions that have become customary in recent months such as measuring the temperature, indicating the appropriate spaces to be occupied and the paths to follow to avoid gatherings.
The Ravenna Park Race course represents the best for those who love natural scenery of rare beauty. Runners and walkers will walk the little roads of an ecosystem like that of the Po Delta Park that nature has been able to create over hundreds of years. The paths of the Pineta San Vitale among pines, poplars, holm oaks of a rich undergrowth, and the large brackish lagoons connected to the sea and crossed by a network of canals on which the characteristic fishing huts stand. The Pialassa della Baiona with the bumps emerging from the waters on which plants of rare beauty grow and many species of birds live, including the famous herons. The Casal Borsetti embankment, which will allow you to cover a section of the route overlooking the sea in September. In short, an appointment with nature, its magic and the amazement that these places can give in a particular period such as the end of summer. The start will be given by Casal Borsetti, but the trail will touch all three northern Ravenna beaches, including therefore Marina Romea and Porto Corsini, until arriving again in Casal Borsetti.
THE PRESENTATION OF THE “ORIZZONTI PERDUTI” BOOK
Among the collateral initiatives scheduled in the Ravenna Park Race program there is also the presentation of a volume dedicated to Romagna running. Saturday 12 September, from 6.00 pm, the Red Star Sports Center of Casal Borsetti will host the public meeting during which we will talk about “Lost Horizons”, the book written by Paolo Benini who tells about “the dawn of running in Romagna from 1973 to 1980” published by Armenio. An opportunity for a nice dive into memories and to discover a piece of local running history. The meeting will naturally take place in compliance with the measures envisaged against the spread of Covid-19.
The 2020 Ravenna Park Race medal tells a lot about what this event wants to be. An event in nature to learn to respect and admire it, becoming for a day a non-invasive element, but connected to a unique ecosystem in the world. At the finish of the 21 Km Trail Running, participants will receive an absolutely original medal with a great effect design. The predominant element will be a stylized Egret, one of the symbolic birds of the Po Delta Park, elegant in its white plumage. A bird that can be easily admired along the Ravenna Park Race route, perched on bushes or on aquatic vegetation. Water and earth in fact, the other two elements represented in the 2020 medal together with the logo of the event which with its colors tells the red of the hot sun, the blue of the water and the green of the thick vegetation of the pine forest.
THE PARK RACE VILLAGE
Casal Borsetti, and its sports center home to the Red Star, will be animated as early as the early afternoon of Saturday 12 September. The Park Race Village will be set up inside the center, in a smaller size than that of 2019 for obvious reasons. This will be the reference point for the event and the place to collect the bib on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS
In addition to the organization of the Ravenna Runners Club, the first edition of Ravenna Park Race will be made possible by a real army of volunteers who will ensure the perfect functioning of all the services necessary for the performance. The necessary personnel will be provided by the Polisportiva Stella Rossa of Casal Borsetti, the Pro Loco of Marina Romea and that of Porto Corsini, Avis Ravenna, Advs Ravenna, Asd Podistica Alfonsine and the Pro Loco of Punta Marina Terme, essential points also for the organization of the Ravenna City of Art Marathon. Finally, thanks also to the partners and official suppliers who support Park Race: Consar, Ethic Sport, Conad Cesarea Ravenna, Eurocompany, Deco Industrie, Conserve Italia, SLurp Chiosco Porto Corsini. Publimedia media partner.
The event is included in the Trail calendar of the UISP Emilia-Romagna.
Ravenna, 10 September 2020