The countdown is now over and everything is ready in Madonna di Campiglio to host the “5 Days Italy 2022” of orienteering.
From Sunday, July 3rd, over 1800 runners representing 31 countries will compete in a five-day race (hence the name of the event!) that already announces a great show and beautiful competitions.
“This is an important restart after the pandemic – sais Mauro Gazzerro, President of the Organizing Committee – which we hope will give new live to local orienteering. The numbers speak for themselves: 1800 athletes, 15,000 people estimated during the week, with a target for 90% of foreigners and in particular coming from Northern Europe, make us understand the importance of the event. We talk about enthusiasts of this sport, but also of the mountains and the beautiful scenery. In other words, the event, beyond the competitive results, is presented as a tourist format able to enhance the territory with its food and wine excellence, thanks to the support of a series of local sponsors who have embraced the project. Important synergies that have been working for months between the Organizing Committee of the 5 Days, the Municipalities of Pinzolo and Treville, the Apt of Madonna di Campiglio and Trentino Tourist Board”.
Talking about participants, directly from last week World Championships, prestigious athletes are coming. Just to name a few, the Frenchman Lucas Basset (2 silvers and 3 bronzes from past championships, currently seventh in the World Ranking) and the austrian brothers Jannis and Erik Bonek, both world-class, which we saw running well at the Italian finals of the World Cup in 2021.
We can go on with the swede Max Peter Bejmer, already a 5 Days Italy participant in the past years and now reigning World Champion in the Sprint Relay; the dane Soren Thrane Odum, fourth in the relay race at last year’s World Championships.
Last but not least, coming from Halden, Sweden’s Emil Wingstedt, ambassador of 5 Days Italy and three times gold medal in the World Champs as well as winner of four European titles.
In the women’s field, the spotlights are on Sara Hagström (Sweden – twice world champion) as well as her compatriot Elin Månsson (fresh winner of the Venla Relay). In addition, Danish Miri Thrane Odum (World Champion in 2014) and Swedish Linnea Gustafsson (twice winner in the World Cup) will challenge for the win.
In short, a “parterre de roi” for an edition of the 5 Days Italy where the show is guaranteed.