The first lights to peep out in the port area of San Basilio were those of Diego Avon and Simone Gobbo who cut "arm in arm" the finish line of the 3 ^ CMP Venice Night Trail in 58'52 ".
The two team-mates of the "Tornado", a team sponsored by the CMP brand that is also the trail's title sponsor, have decided to tackle the 16K and 51 race bridges together and to cut the finish line in the same way, even if the ranking official winner was Simone Gobbo. The two Venetian athletes, used to race in Venice at the Venicemarathon that saw them triumph both in the 10K (2016 Avon and 2017 Gobbo), appreciated the hard but fascinating course.
The same team (Tornado) is also Silvia Rampazzo, the 2017 mountain race long distance world champion , who won the city trail in Venice in 1h03'59 ". Daughter of Venetians, for her the CMP Venice Night Trail was pure fun.
Under a clear sky in a fresh night the first light to appear at the finish line was Giovanni Iommi’s one. The athlete of Livenza Sacile Athletic Club won, after facing 16 kilometers and crossing 51 bridges, the Garmin Venice Night Trail in 58’20”. These are his words after his arrival: “I am glad I was able to confirm myself as the winner of this race for the second following year, this trail is tough but amazing!” Behind him, just after 43”, the five time-world Champion of mountain running, Marco De Gasperi, got to the finish line; Marco led the race almost to the finish line but due to a course mistake he lost the right pace and got second. In the women section, the first place went to Ilaria Gurini of Essetre Running Club. The start was spectacular and thrilling this year! The runners livened up the city with many lights which led the snake of lights towards Calatrava bridge. >From Dorsoduro the participants entered then the Cannaregio area running along the “fontamenta” and the “calli” (typical streets names) and the “campi” (the Venice squares) to reach S. Elena where a refreshment point was located. The course entered then the well known and fascinating Venice along Riva dei Sette Martiri and through Saint Mark’s Sq. The Accademia Bridge allowed participants to pass over the Gran Canal to reach Punta della Dogana and then along the Zattere to finish in San Basilio.
The weather was merciful and gave a wonderful night to the participants of the first edition of the Venice Night Trail, the saturday night race night starting at 9pm from the passenger terminal of San Basilio in Venice, organized by the Venice Marathon Club with Port Authority's hospitality, and won by Giovanni Iommi and Francesca Pretto. A news of a kind that had immediate success, with registrations closed a month and a half before, once reached the 2,000 registrations.