A ‘Rosamimosa’ Race to Prevent Violence Against Women

Named for two flowers inextricably connected with women, the rose and the mimosa, the “Rosamimosa” race, which is the oldest female race in Italy, will be celebrating its 33rd year this year on March 10 at 4:30 pm. This year’s theme, “Stop femicides,” will be in support of the fight against violence towards women, which is an ever present topic in Italy today. The competitive race will consist of an 8 km (5 mi) run and a 5km (3 mi) sport walk beginning at Bruno Betti sports center in Via del Filarete (Soffiano). The scenic 8km run will move up through the hills near Boschetto, Bellosguardo, and Marignolle, and then back again to Soffiano.

Not only will the event conduct a race but will include a writing contest for high school students from two local schools in Florence on the theme of ending violence against women. These students will also have a 1.9 km (1.2 mi) side race dedicated solely to them. Three scholarships will be awarded for the 2018/2019 school year, given to the two students who write the best essays and one to the first place finisher of the 1.9 km (1.2 mi) race.

“Rosamimosa” is open to women of all ages and registration is 8 euro for the run and 5 euro for the walk; call 347.8899221 for information or send an email to info@gsletorrifirenze.it.  (olivia pugsley)