Italian Runners Join World’s Best At Castelbuono

American Ryan Hall will be there as well.

Ruggero Pertile is one of the top Italians taking part in the Castelbuono race. Photo:

American Ryan Hall will be there as well.

By David Monti

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Some of Italy’s best distance runners will join the male winners of the Boston, London and New York City Marathons at the Giro Podistico Internazionale Di Castelbuono on July 26, organizers reported today.

Ruggero Pertile, the 2010 Turin Marathon champion, is the top Italian athlete entered, and he will use the 10 km race as a tune-up for the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Daegu.  “It is always beautiful to run in Castelbuono,” Pertile said through a media release.

The other Italians entered in the invitation-only event are Giovanni Ruggiero, Stefano La Rosa, Ahmed El Mazoury, Denis Curzi, Stefano Scaini and Yuri Floriani.  Geoffrey Mutai, who won the Boston Marathon; Emmanuel Mutai, the London champion; and Gebre Gebremariam, the New York City champion headline the event.  USA half-marathon record holder Ryan Hall is also running for the first time. Earlier this year, Hall placed fourth in the Boston Marathon.