Thursday, March 12, 2009

Last Chance Entries for Maratona dles Dolomites





The 8,000+ lottery slots (of 19,500 requests) for the 2009 Maratona dles Dolomites have been spoken for since November. However, there are a few upcoming ways to obtain an entry.


150 special charity registrations will be sold online on March 26th 2009. Even these sell out quickly.

- 144 "Gold" starting-numbers at a cost of Euro 150,00 each
- 6 "Platinum" starting-numbers at a cost of Euro 300,00 each

The organizers write, "These registrations will go towards Sporthilfe which supports real sporting talent, young people who cannot afford to finance their competitions; and to GMM (Missionary Group, Merano) which this year proposes a project which will be implemented in West Africa. The project consists in helping Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world, to exploit what is perhaps its only wealth: the sun. Solar panels to give light to a school and a small dispensary; it will be possible to switch on 18 bulbs in the school and 17 in the dispensary."


The last method of registering directly is to contribute through "VIIM VÊENEM" enrollments.
A "Viim Vêenem" (in the local language it means "light of life") enrollment costs 1,500 Euro and will cover the costs of purchasing and installation of a solar panel (including needed material).


It will be possible to register only through the Internet with on-line payment by credit card at http://www.maratona.it/en/. These special starting-tickets will also be entitled to a small souvenir of the event and to start in a preferential grid.

The last remaining possibility for entering for 2009 is to select a tour company that has guaranteed slots for the Maratona.


Photos: Maratona images, 2009 event logo; search within my blog for "Maratona" for more stories

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