Runner Varese - great hospitality!

I want to thank the Runner Varese Group for being so welcoming and accommodating. I live in America and prior to my trip to Italy I was researching to see where I could run.  I ran the Detroit Marathon two weeks ago, my 9th marathon, posting a personal best of 3:20, and am currently in between training sessions so just running for fun for the last two weeks.  I found the website and saw a link to Facebook.  I looked up the group on Facebook, was accepted as a member and asked about any runs this weekend.  Luca told me about the Pella Orta race which sounded great but I had no way to get there.  Luca reached out to the running group to see if anyone was running the race and Massimo was kind enough to offer me a lift to and from the race.  I enjoyed my car ride with Massimo; he gave me a lot of interesting information about Varese and some of the local runs.  
When we arrived a Orta he helped me to find Stefano the race organizer who had promised to save a bib for me.  We also met other runners from the Varese Group who too were very helpful - and humored me by speaking English.  
I have never had a ride a boat to the start line before so this was a unique and beautiful experience.  The race was very enjoyable and the course the most unique I have ever run with a variety of road and trails.  The width of the course altered over the distance and at some points was just wide enough for 1 person.  The scenery was breathtaking and as I meandered along the course I wanted to enjoy every second.  
The post-race food was the best I've ever had.  I could have stayed and feasted on that for days!
The hospitality show by the group was incredible.  It just shows how running unites people and how a common love of running can break international boundaries.  I am confident that I will see Varese again as part of my work and hope to connect with the Runner Varese again.  Thank you Luca and Massimo!
I have attached some pictures from today.  This experience was wonderful and would not have been possible for me without the kindness of the Varese Runners.
Gordon Greenland
Gordon Greenland and Runner Varese - 1 Gordon Greenland and Runner Varese - 2
Gordon Greenland and Runner Varese - 3 Gordon Greenland and Runner Varese - 4
Gordon Greenland and Runner Varese - 5 Gordon Greenland and Runner Varese - 2

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