The first official competitive Nordic Walking race in Italy, under the patronage of ENWO, European New Walking Organization, was held in Tirano on 2 September 2018.
The beautiful mountain resort of northern Italy hosted the 1st Valtellina Cup, for which two tracks of 5,000 and 10,000 meters had been set up.
Athletes coming from five European countries, Austria, France, Germany, Poland and Italy have competed along the two routes; despite the unfavorable weather conditions, the race was held regularly, under the watchful eyes of ten race judges, all experienced Nordic Walking professionals and specially prepared for the event according to the ENWO competitive rules.
1 OLUWAGBEMI Melvin (France)
2 WOLOSZKA Artur (Poland)
3 BIGARELLA Roberto (Italy)
10 km WOMEN
1 BASSO Daniela (Italy)
2 NIEDL Margot (Germany)
3 JERNEJ Anna Maria (Austria)
5 km MEN
1 WITCZUK Łukasz (Poland)
2 PAGLIANTI Cristiano Roberto (Italy)
3 JACHIMOWICZ Miroslaw (Poland)
5 km WOMEN
1 JACHIMOWICZ Renata (Poland)
2 OESTERREICHER Christine (Austria)
3 VENTURINI Serena Maria (Italy)
The event was completed by a rich award ceremony and by the inimitable Italian cuisine that has contributed significantly to strengthen the spirit of friendship and international collaboration that characterizes ENWO competitions in many European countries.
The organizers of the event have proposed to realize, in 2019, a stage of Europe Cup and to host, if possible, an European championship.
The hope is that this Italian event will be just the first of a long series of competitive events that will see ENWO be more and more protagonist in the „Bel Paese“.
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