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The first canoe marathon event in Rome was a success

The first canoe marathon event in Rome was a success 4.11.2019

The Tiber River has hosted the first edition of Rome Canoe Marathon - Paddling for the Environment event which attracted participants in kayaks and canoes, SUPs, dragon boats and rafts. The course of the marathon was 14 kilometres long, with start at Ponte Milvio and finish at Castel Sant'Angelo.

The main objective of the marathon was an awareness-raising for the environment and in particular waterways of which the Italian Canoe Federation is the bearer with the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea, the Lazio Region, WWF Italy, Rome Capital and Marevivo, with the griff from a leading brand in the field of renewable energies like Enel Green Power and the precious contribution of the volunteers of CUS Tor Vergata.
In the competitive part of the marathon the winners of the first edition became Alessandro Bernanbei, Simone Bernocchi, Matteo Pallante and Luca Romano from the Circolo Canottieri Aniene. It took 47 minutes and 14 seconds for this K4 to reach the finish line. In second place was the K2 of the Canottieri Comunali Firenze with Federico Urbani and Giovanni Bandini, while the third place went to the CC Aniene again with the mixed K4 composed by Federica Siena, Riccardo Lonigro, Gabriele Duchini and Camilla Toraldo. Andrea Dal Bianco of the C.S. Carabinieri was the first to cross the finish line in a single boat, finishing in fourth place.

The amateur race was a sports party with the non-profit Rosa Paddles in water against breast cancer, the two WWF boats with the unmistakable panda mascot on board and then a group of SUPs, canoes and dragon boats. Special participant was Alberto Schiavi, born in 1935, who participated in the Rome 1960 Olympics. Also present were many athletes of the Italian national sprint canoe team.  

"It was a tough organizational challenge but we brought back the true essence of canoeing in Rome after ten years," said President of Italian canoe Federation Luciano Buonfiglio. "Our aim was to stimulate active participation of citizens towards the river and to reaffirm the role of sentinels in the environment of Italian canoeists. It is our duty to fight for a better and cleaner world, this was our contribution.”



Source: http://www.federcanoa.it/home/news/27-fick-news/5404-roma-canoe-marathon-pagaiando-per-l%E2%80%99ambiente-centinaia-di-pagaie-sul-tevere-per-la-prima-edizione%20.html