“We are working on the city’s sports facilities and the Mediterranean Fair to make Palermo even more attractive,” said Mayor Roberto Lagalla, speaking before the start of the Palermo International Half Marathon Trophy Nissan Comer Sud. He addressed the over 1500 participating athletes and hundreds of Palermo residents who chose to spend a different Sunday, attending the tenth edition of the Palermo half marathon. The race starts and ends at the ancient Mondello Charleston facility, passing through a route lined with Liberty beauties. The athletes represent 31 countries, including Burundian athlete Olivier Irabaruta, a three-time Olympian and winner of the 2021 race with a time of 1:04:15. The target for all is to beat the event record set in 2019 by Kenyan Joel Maina Mwangi with a time of 1:02:29. The race also features an 88-year-old participant, Sebastiano Caldarella, and the oldest female participant, 81-year-old Irene Fiore. Mayor Lagalla emphasized the need for collaboration between the administration and citizens to bring about change in the city. He then officially started the race with a traditional starter gun.
Mezza maratona a Palermo, Lagalla: «Lo sport per rendere la città ancora più attrattiva per i turisti»