On The Scene with Bill Wilson Racing in Rome for the Cure

Ready!  Serious “competitive” runners at the starting line for the Race for the Cure  in Rome, Italy.

Over 60,000 people raced, ran, jogged, power walked, strolled, sauntered or walked around some of Rome’s more famous ancient sites on Sunday, May 19 as part of the Susan G. Komen Italia Race for the Cure. One of a series of races that take place around Italy to raise money for breast cancer research, the race started near the[F1]  Circo Massimo and passed places like the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Tomb of the Italian Unknown and the Mouth of Truth before ending 5KM ( 3 1/8 miles) later at the western end of the Circo Massimo.

 

Set! Runners get set as the crowd counts down the last ten seconds before the start.

The fastest time for the 5 km course was fifteen minutes and 17 seconds, which was run by Devis Licciardi. Coming in only 7 seconds later was Francesco Marchetti. He is actually the runner closest to me in the photos illustrating this article. He is the one in red shorts. For most of the crowd there was an almost infectious enthusiasm and joy particularly among those wearing the rose colored t-shirts reserved for survivors of breast cancer.

 

Go! Runners at the start of the Race for the Cure in Rome, Italy

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