After a pandemic hiatus, the event considered a classic by the Big Apple's running community is back. It is organized by the Consulate General of Italy, with the contribution of the New York Road Runners (Nyrr) and Ferrero North America
Nearly 6,000 responded to the call of the Italy Run, now a small classic for the New York running community, which returned to Central Park after the stop imposed by the pandemic. Enthusiasts (which could have been many more since tickets sold out) took part in the 4-mile (6.5-kilometer) run, organized by the Consulate General of Italy, with the contribution of Ferrero North America and the New York Road Runners (Nyrr), one of the leading U.S. running organizations, inventors of the New York City Marathon. And many others crowded the ‘Festival’ set up for the post-race event, under the banner of Italianness and Made in Italy.
The 2022 edition of the Italy Run also saw the return to Central Park of Giusy Versace, a Forza Italia congresswoman and Paralympic champion. The race was won by New Yorker Robert Napolitano. “It was not easy, we wanted to organize it last year as well, but it was not possible. In fact, the Italian community in New York and the running community waited three years. Now we’re back and it’s fantastic,” says Italy’s consul general in New York, Fabrizio Di Michele, architect of the return of the Italy Run among the avenues of Central Park. Also speaking of a “fantastic event” is Todd Siwak, ceo of Ferrero North America, the event’s main sponsor, who underscores the Nutella company’s commitment to outdoor activities, “with a program that sponsors 29 events around the country, all focused on the joy of outdoor and nature-based activities.”
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