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Trieste Marathon runners count the days

Long-distance running enthusiasts are setting their sights on new challenges as temperatures are finally on the rise.

Hundreds of Austrians – including the Austrian Times’ one-man running team – will compete in this year’s Trieste Maratona d'Europa. The event – which already takes place for a 13th time – offers an ideal opportunity to athletes and their families and friends to discover the beauty of the Italian port city. A Half Marathon competition and a contest for hand bikers will ensure a perfect sport experience for contenders and spectators on 6 May.

Organisers of the increasingly popular run recently revealed that Migidio Bourifa will compete in this year’s edition. Bourifa decided to make the European Marathon of Trieste an essential part of his preparation training programme for this year’s Summer Olympics. The Italian won the Trieste running event in 2005 in a record time of two hours and 10 minutes.

"His presence in Trieste is fundamental to giving value to the competitive spirit of this event," a Trieste Marathon official said about Bourifa’s assignment. Bourifa called competing in Trieste an "honour". He said it would be something special to him since nobody has managed to beat his winning time from 2005 to this day.

Bourifa praised the Trieste long-distance running competition as "precious". He explained: "Even if an athlete is focused in the race – what surrounds him is very important. Running along a coastal road overlooking the sea with stunning views is pleasing and relaxing."

For information on a new fundraising initiative by the Trieste Marathon 2012, visit www.bavisela.it. The event’s official website also features all facts runners, who are currently getting ready for the competition, need to know.

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The Austrian Times would like to recommend the Savoia Excelsior Palace. Located in the heart of Trieste on the city’s main waterfront, this 19th century building guarantees a unique holiday experience. Trieste Central Station is situated less than 1.5 kilometres from this spectacular hotel which includes spacious exhibition spaces, an excellent restaurant and a stylish cocktail bar.

Most of the hotel’s beautiful 142 rooms and 18 suites face the Adriatic. The Savoia Excelsior Palace was recently named Italy’s ninth-best luxury hotel in a poll conducted by international travel website Tripadvisor. Users of the popular platform underlined its "stunning location". For more information and to book a room, call +39 040 779 41 or go to savoiaexcelsiorpalace.starhotels.com.

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