Five Miles for Festa della Repubblica
The first-ever Italy Run by Ferrero welcomed nearly 8,000 runners to Central Park on Sunday morning for five miles in celebration of Festa della Repubblica, or Italian National Day, held on June 2 each year.
First across the finish line was John Campagna in 26:47. Sasha Whittle of New York Athletic Club was winner on the women’s side in 29:45.
Following the five-mile race, youth ages 2 to 10 enjoyed fitness activities and fun runs as part of Rising New York Road Runners at Italy Run by Ferrero.
The morning concluded with a post-race festival that featured some of Italy’s tastiest treats, including Lavazza coffee, Colavita olive oil, and Nutella snacks. Runners could also learn more about Italian language and the technological innovations coming out of the country.
Our jam-packed summer full of exciting running events is just getting started! Join New York Road Runners on Wednesday, June 6, for Global Running Day, when we’ll also be celebrating our 60th anniversary with group runs and pop-up finish lines across the five boroughs. On June 9, the original women-only road race, the NYRR New York Mini 10K, welcomes a star-studded pro field along with a professional wheelchair division for the first year ever—don’t miss it!