Giorgio Calcaterra: 2012 IAU 100 World Champ Interview

ChampionshipGiorgio Calcaterra of Italy defended his IAU 100k World Championship by winning the 2012 race in his home country of Italy in 6:23:20. Hear what he has to say about his performance.

Ps. Thanks to Maurizio Crispi of www.ultramaratonemaratonedintorni.com for translating the interview.

[Due to the poor audio quality of the video we’re posting the transcript first. Sometimes there aren’t better options on location and we’re forced to take what we can get.]

Giorgio Calcaterra: 2012 IAU 100 World Champ Interview Transcript

iRunFar: Good afternoon, I’m with the 2012 IAU World 100k Championship Champion, Giorgio Calcaterra, of Italy. He’s a native of Italy so he just had the win in his own country. It’s just a short time after the race now, how are you feeling?

Giorgio Calcaterra: I’m feeling very well but just after the race I felt a little bit tired. After having some drink and a little bit of food, I’m feeling much better.

iRF: So just a “little bit tired” after having run 100k?

Calcaterra: Quite so.

iRF: You had a great day out there. You ran a personal best by about 2 minutes. How do you feel about your personal best?

Calcaterra: I am very happy and I know that this one is my personal best in the 100k. But I have already run a personal best at a very difficult race and since that one was so hard, I knew I could run better here.

iRF: This course in particular you found to be a challenging course to set your personal best?

Calcaterra: It was quite comfortable here because it was very flat, very few bridges to run up, and the temperature was quite ideal especially in the first part of the race.

iRF: Let’s talk about your race. As the day went on, were you competing with your watch, against time, or were you keeping your competitors in your mind?

Calcaterra: I was careful of who was behind me but as time went on, I competed against time. (Significant background noise.)

iRF: So running mostly by other people and then later with your watch?

Calcaterra: No, this special race, I was careful of other runers. Other races, I look more frequently at time. This race, I was careful with time/kilometers because I was afraid of running too strongly. (Significant background noise.)

iRF: So the last 20k, by yourself, running through town, what was going through your mind?

Calcaterra: During the last lap, I was quite afraid of being passed by others behind. I had no information about their position. So since my pace was slower than the first laps, so I was careful…

iRF: Well, obviously you saved enough for that last lap, enough to achieve the winning position, and also achieve a personal best. He saved enough that he wasn’t overtaken and won by several minutes and had a personal best.

Calcaterra: I was confident I could reach the finish line with a personal best. I was very tired at the end and I was afraid of not managing it.

iRF: Congratulations on working through those challenges. Congratulations also on your championship for the second year in a row. On behalf of us at irunFar as well as all the folks watching this, we say, “Congratulations!”

I would also like to take a moment to thank our translator, Maurizio and to acknowledge your website. You are a journalist and a photographer for a running website here in Italy. Please tell us your about your website and your name.

Maurizio Crispi (Translator): My name is Maurizio Crispi, and my website is www.ultramaratonemaratonedintorni.com.

iRF: Thank you and thanks again for the translating today.

Giorgio Calcaterra: 2012 IAU 100 World Champ Video Interview

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Managing Editor, the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running,' and a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine. The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

There are 3 comments

  1. Graham

    Poor Meghan , her videos sometimes get drowned out by terrible background noise. Nice interview all the same. Giorgio is a machine.

    1. Meghan

      Sorry about that Graham and all. I knew this interview's audio would be pushing the limits of do-able. I hope you can, in addition to what comes from the transcript, get a sense for Giorgio's cool, kind demeanor and how humble a fella' I learned he was. The perfect gentleman and champion.

  2. Davide

    Grande Giorgio!

    He works as a taxi driver in Rome, and if you've ever been to Rome, you know how crazy traffic is over there. No wonder he's mentally prepared for the hardship that comes in a fast 100k.

    Ten years ago he used to race marathons and run 20/30 of them in a year: everyone blamed this "subversive" attitude, but it eventually led somewhere: Campione del Mondo, twice in a row!

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