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HISTORY

There is the amateur sports association GAAC 2007 VERONAMARATHON ASD  behind the Verona Marathon,  the Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon, the Cangrande Half Marathon, the Last 10k and the Christmasrun in Verona.

A team that, thanks to the active collaboration with the Municipality of Verona , has managed in recent years to make the Verona marathon and the Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon one of the most popular events in the sector in Italy.

 

Recognized by World Athletics and Fidal , GAAC 2007 has its roots in the mid-1950s , when a group of friends who are passionate about high-altitude excursions founded the "Gruppo Alpinisti Amici del Carega" .

The GAAC members dedicated themselves to mountain running (a specialty of which Sergio Pennacchioni  one of the founding partners - and his team were deeply enthralled).

The transition to athletics took place in 1965 when some promising young people joined the team who would later be the protagonists of important pages of sporting history.

At that point Sergio Pennacchioni contacted Dario Bergamini who joined him first as a sponsor and then as a manager.

 

From the early 80s the team began to collect some exceptional names including Gelindo Bordin (Olympic marathon champion in Seoul 1988), Francesco Panetta (gold in the 3,000 steeplechase and silver in the 10,000 at the World Championships in Rome 1987), Loris Primazzoni and Alfonso Valicella .

GAAC also formed a very successful “pink” team in which we remember Laura Fogli and Maria Curatolo .

The team in those years was supported by the passionate partnership with Dr. Franco Cicolini - owner of the PAF food industry - who contributed to the birth, under the wing of GAAC, the PAF ATHLETICS.

Starting from the mid-eighties, the Veronese group also began to follow the organizational sector, dealing with the management of the European Running Championships for Clubs.

In the early nineties, with the untimely death of Sergio Pennacchioni and the end of the partnership with PAF, GAAC ended its extraordinary sporting life.

 

To score in February 2008 the team's revival (in the meantime renovated as the JACL 2007), was the organization of the first edition of the Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon, dedicated for historical and affective memory of the late "pioneer" Pennacchioni by the great friend Dario. 

Alongside Dario Bergamini were Costantino Falsiroli and Stefano Stanzial .

After the success of the "half", the following year GAAC 2007 took charge of both the 2nd edition of the Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon and the 8th edition of the Verona Marathon, the famous marathon born in 2001 which gave the impetus to grow in number and importance.

 

In December 2009 the team christened a new event: the Christmasrun , a charity run with runners in Santa Claus costumes offered by the organization; a debut with a bang and 500 participants despite the low temperature (-5 degrees).

 

The business grows in 2010 : the 3rd Giulietta & Romeo, with 3,400 competitors, and the 9th Verona Marathon, have the finish line in Piazza Bra after crossing the majestic Arena. 

A success rewarded by over 1,700 participants. 

In December, the launch of the 1st Gardaland Half Marathon (1,150 competitors) and the 2nd Christmasrun (800 Santas).

 

Also in February 2011 the 4th Giulietta & Romeo is accompanied by the Verona Marathon, always with the finish line in Piazza Bra. 

Both events scored a great numerical success: the "half" graduated 3rd Half Marathon in Italy with 3,800 runners while the Verona Marathon became the 9th marathon at national level with 1,600 finishers.

 

In 2012 GAAC 2007 proposed a variation: the “half” remained in mid-February, while the marathon was moved to 6 October starting in Valpolicella and finishing inside the Verona Arena. 

A welcome change from the running universe: 1695 athletes on arrival. 

And again the 3rd Gardaland Half Marathon, in its last edition, and the 4th Christmasrun with 1,800 celebrating Babes.

 

2013 saw a very popular 6th Giulietta Half Marathon with 4850 arrivals, combined with the romantic events of VERONA IN LOVE in February, and the 12th Verona Marathon in October, once again in the top 10 most attended marathons in Italy, albeit with a significant drop in participants. 

And then over 2,000 Santas on a beautiful sunny winter day.

 

2014 : the organizational skills of GAAC 2007 were sealed by the appointment of the organization of the absolute Italian Half Marathon championship in conjunction with the 7th Giulietta and Romeo Half: 6,400 athletes at the finish line, as well as 500 relays.

 

2015 : Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon registered 7,123. 

The goal of being able to schedule the Veronamarathon in November has been achieved. 

Departure and arrival from Piazza Bra and a fast route largely city. 

The result in terms of participation was remarkable: over 3,000 registered in the marathon and 3,500 in the Cangrande Half Marathon  

 

2016 : Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon registered 7,898 

The new FIDAL regulations with effect from June penalized almost all the organizers of the Italian marathons: Verona Marathon enrolled 2,927, Cangrande Half Marathon enrolled 3,076.

At the same time a great recognition from the Federation: 

Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon was awarded the GOLD LABEL , while the SILVER LABEL was awarded to Verona Marathon and Cangrande Half Marathon .  

 

2017 : Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon registered 6,250.

The Italian National Commission for UNESCO in August granted Verona Marathon the patronage dedicated to "Verona World Heritage and the certainly unique meaning of running among architectural beauties , testimony of an ancient history, able to give great emotions even during the great physical and mental effort of those taking part in the marathon ".  

The beauty of Verona, the great collaboration with local institutions and the organizational skills of GAAC 2007 play their part in the decisions of the athletes.

 

In 2018 the Veronamarathon saw over 2000 athletes at the finish line of the marathon, about 2600 crossing the one of the Cangrande Half Marathon and again 2000 completing the Last 10km. 

5500 of them crossed the finish line of the Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon and 590 couples that of the Relay Duo.  

 

In 2019 the Veronamarathon saw more than 2000 athletes at the finish line of the marathon, about 2600 crossing that of the Cangrande Half Marathon and another 1300 completing the Last 10km. 

In 2019, 5,000 of them crossed the finish line of the Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon and 566 couples that of the Relay Duo.  

 

In 2020 , on February 16, a magnificent Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon will be held which for the second time in history is home to the Italian Absolute Fidal Championship , with over 8000 people at the start between the half marathon and the Duo Marathon relay. The Italians Valeria Straneo and Daniele D'Onofrio win the Italian title. 

The Giulietta & Romeo HM was among the most attended races of 2020 and one of the last held before the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic.

The Verona Marathon due to Covid19 epidemic took place only in a virtual way with individual and remote participation, each one from their own residence.

 

In October 2020 the management of the 2007 Gaac Verona Marathon Asd changes and the desire to build new pages in the history of the Veronese sports club is great.  

 

In 2021 : the famous Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon is postponed to June 13 due to Covid19. 

A new path and a new arrival inside the Bentegodi Stadium in Verona brings joy and satisfaction to athletes and organizers who can return to racing after more than a year of closure.

Hence the significant writing printed on the back of the T-shirts: "Verona starts running again"

With this special edition, the Avesani Monument Run 10k is also born, a competitive and non-competitive race to run and admire the beauties of the historic center of Verona.

 

The goal of GAAC 2007 is to grow more and more and to carry on this great passion for running that continues over time.  

 

And the story continues ...

GAAC 2007 VERONAMARATHON ASD
OVER HALF A CENTURY OF PASSION FOR RUNNING

 

GAAC 2007 Verona Marathon is currently the only Italian sports club to organize three GOLD or SILVER qualified events by FIDAL.  

 

Verona Marathon and Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon are associated with

AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races)

CURIOSITY