On 5-8 May 2022, the XXII edition of the Race for the cure took place in Rome, in the historical setting of the Circus Maximus, organised by Komen Italia, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. At this link, the official video of this XXII edition:
More than 50 thousand people took part in the Race of Rome; in four days, 1400 free services for the early diagnosis of breast cancer and other female pathologies were provided in the Health Village, especially for women in socially fragile conditions, including some Ukrainian refugees. The Race for the cure is the world’s largest event to raise awareness of breast cancer prevention and counteract the delays created by the pandemic. The pink tide of participants took more than 40 minutes to cross the starting line and broke a special record.
As always, the protagonists of this special event of health, sport and solidarity were the ‘women in pink’ – women who have personally faced breast cancer – who with their testimony have contributed over the years to a radical cultural change in the approach to the disease.
The Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri and the President of the Lazio Region Nicola Zingaretti, together with the US Ambassador to the UN agencies Cindy McCain, Prof. Riccardo Masetti, President of Komen Italia and the godmothers of Komen Italia Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Rosanna Banfi, officially kicked off the traditional 5 km run and 2 km walk. Also present at the start were the Councillor for the Environment of the Municipality of Rome Sabrina Alfonsi, the Councillor for School, Training and Work, Claudia Pratelli, the Director General Organisation Ministry of Culture Marina Giuseppone, Violante Guidotti Bentivoglio, CEO of Komen Italia, and Prof. Giovanni Scambia, Scientific Director of the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, together with corporate partners Duarte Dias and Barbara Saba of Johnson and Johnson, Monica Cerroni of the FASDA Fund, Fabio Fossati of the AF group, Simonetta Soverini of Unisalute, Alberto Stanzione of Pfizer, Patrizia Pavone of Roma Capitale, volleyball champion Andrea Lucchetta with the General Secretary of the Italian Volleyball Federation Stefano Bellotti and many other personalities from the world of journalism, television, the web, sport, culture and for the youngest ones the Winx.
The Health Village, coordinated by Prof. Daniela Terribile (Vice-President of Komen Italia) and Dr. Alba Di Leone, was visited by Health Minister Roberto Speranza, and was carried out in collaboration with the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS.
Since 2000 to date, thanks mainly to the Race for the Cure, Komen Italia has been able to invest more than 21 million euros to set up more than 1,000 projects for the protection of women’s health in Italy.
The Race will pass through 6 other Italian cities: Bari (13 – 15 May), Naples (20 – 22 May), Bologna (16 – 18 September), Brescia (23 – 25 September), Matera (30 September – 2 October) and Pescara (7 – 9 October).
As for the 8 May Race in Rome, first across the line in the women’s category was Elisa Palmero of C.S. Esercito in 17’06”, followed by Sara Carnicelli of Athletica Vaticana A.S.D. in 17’09” and Angelina Cavalieri of Podistica Solidarietà in 19’24”.
In the men’s category: first classified Riccardo Passeri of TZ Fitness S.S.D.ARL in 15’44”, Domenico Liberatore of Podistica Solidarietà in 16” and Lorenzo Rieti of ASD Atletica La Sbarra. More and more women in pink participated individually and also in teams. Stefania Pomponi of Podistica Solidarietà crossed the finish line first in 21’01”, followed by Ilaria Piscitelli of G.S. Cat Sport Roma in 21’02” and Michaela Gessini of Italia Marathon Club SSDRL in 24’19”.
Once again this year, the Race for the Cure was held with the patronage and participation of the Lazio Region, Roma Capitale, C.O.N.I., Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Italian Army, Carabinieri, National Fire Brigade, Italian Football Federation, Italian Volleyball Federation, Italian Athletics Federation, Italian Basketball Federation, Italian Golf Federation, Italian Rowing Federation, Italian Cooks Federation and Rai Social Responsibility.
The event is made possible by the precious collaboration of hundreds of volunteers and thanks to the generous support of numerous companies sensitive to health and prevention issues. The main partners are: Amgen, Fasda, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Gilead, AF Group, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Unisalute. Aveeno and Biafin are partners in the ‘Women in Pink’ area. Official suppliers Hertz and Lete. The installation of the Emotional Room this year was made possible thanks to the contribution of Valmontone Outlet. The technical organisation of the race is, as usual, entrusted to GSB RUN (Gruppo Sportivo Bancari Romani).
Fundamental also this year was the support of the Press, Advertising, TV and Web that played a role in promoting the Race for the Cure.
Join the next Race for the cure in Bologna (16 – 18 September), Brescia (23 – 25 September), Matera (30 September – 2 October) and Pescara (7 – 9 October)!
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For donations and registration: www.raceforthecure.it