Global Ports Holding was the named sponsor of the event, which brought together participants from around the world to run in support of cultural tolerance and to enjoy the beauty of the city. Over 8,000 people took part from 43 different nationalities.
There were several UNESCO heritage sites along the course. These included the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe.
Among the new features of the 2017 Global Run was the "Global Ports Intermediate Goal". This goal was at the 3.9 km mark, which overlooks Ravenna's Dockside and is known for the Moro of Venice, the boat symbol of the port. The man and woman runners to record the fastest time at that point, are awarded a Global Ports Prize consisting of cruise vacation; one from Ravenna and other from Barcelona, visiting some of beautiful Global port destinations such as Venice and Bar.
Emre Sayın, CEO of Global Ports Holding said:
‘’This year’s Global Run was a great success, taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Ravenna. We are committed to helping promote integration and tolerance across different cultures and the Global Run plays a small role in achieving that. Congratulations to everyone who took part.’’
The race is organized by Global Ports Holding every year with the hope of bringing the world one step closer to peace and understanding. People from many different countries and cultures join the event, at a different Global port city each year. So far, the Global Run has been held in Bodrum, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; and Bar/Kotor, Montenegro. The intention is to take Global Run to all the locations of GPH’s growing portfolio of 14 ports located around the world.