Italy-United States: Los Angeles will host the “Italy 5K Run” on June 2

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A 5 kilometer race open to all to celebrate the Italian Republic Day

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LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The idea is that of an Italian-style “street party”: a 5-kilometer mini-marathon open to all, “to gather around June 2 and our flag all communities in the region. In an interview with LaPresse, Silvia Chiave, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles – a city home to some historic Italian communities as well as the new “immigrants”, made up of researchers, students and high-tech entrepreneurs – explained the meaning of the ‘5K Run’ which will take place on June 5 in the streets of the port of Los Angeles, facing the Pacific Ocean, to celebrate the Italian Republic Day. The idea, explained the consul, stems from an initiative that has been taking place in New York since 2018: “Then there was the pandemic, but last year I thought to myself that we could finally organize activities in attendance.” In addition to the ‘Run’, which will start at 8am on June 5 from San Pedro, there will be a “street party, with entertainment, music, games for children and families, food, coffee, ice cream… it will be fun “Assured the consul.

The main sponsor of the initiative, explained Chiave, is Enel X Way, that is, the new division of Enel active in the fields of sustainability and electric mobility, which was created a while ago. a few weeks. “Enel is one of the flagships of Italian companies”, underlined the consul, “it has a global reach and a strong presence in this market”. The guest of honor at the event will be Joe Buscaino, the only Italian-American member of the Los Angeles City Council and former candidate for mayor of the city; other well-known personalities will be present, including Alessandro Del Piero. Participants in the “Run” on June 5 will receive a variety of gifts and prizes, including two round-trip Rome-Los Angeles air tickets offered by ITA, which opens the route to the Californian city on June 1, and two nights in two luxury hotels in Tuscany. However, Consul Chiave stressed: “This race is for everyone and families with pushchairs are also welcome”. The proceeds from the tickets will go to two non-profit organizations: the Little Italy Los Angeles association and the Fondazione Italia, which will allocate them, among other things, to Italian language teaching projects.

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This year, the Republic Day and the “5k Run” organized to celebrate it come at a particularly busy time for the Consulate, Chiave told us: “The number of compatriots is constantly increasing and we are running at full speed. Enrollment in the AIRE (Register of Italians Residing Abroad) has increased. This place is very attractive and we try to keep our services up to par with this very demanding Italian-American community. In Los Angeles, between world-class universities, capital and companies, the consul explained, “there is a unique ecosystem for start-ups” in the technology sector.

In short, LA is not just the city of entertainment; the profile of the Italians who settle here, “very educated young people”, is “very high”, and for this reason, perhaps, they are “more difficult to reach, because the city is huge”.

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