Contacted by Bergamo Sport News right after the race, Bourifa described the race as a “beautiful experience.”
“Part of the race was run with favorable winds,” he said, “but this certainly didn’t compensate for the hilly track right at the start. I found my ideal group right away, passing the 10K mark at 31:10, at the half with 1:05:57 and at the 30K with 1:34:43. I was the only one left of that group at the 35K mark, running – actually, flying – in between an incredible crowd.
“It was a beautiful experience, a fantastic marathon both from the organizational and public’s point of view. It’s an experience I recommend to all runners.”
Bourifa was also the first European to cross the line, a feat he already performed in 2009 at the New York City marathon, with a time of 2:16:01 and 13th overall position.
The Italian athlete thus continues to defy age, proving that at 42 one can still be among the most competitive athletes in the world. Born in Morocco, Bourifa grew up in the northern Italian city of Bergamo. He is 2010 Italian marathon champion.
Bourifa’s participation in the Boston Marathon was in doubt until April 9, due to physical problems that had forced him to retire from the recent Rome marathon at the 21K mark. A last minute physical check convinced the athlete from Bergamo to take part in the race.