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Ferdinando Sorrentino

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Name : Ferdinando "Ferdi" Sorrentino
Title : International Ambassador - China
Home : Suzhou, Jiangsu China China
Membership Date : 2015-02-01
Membership : Full
Number of Flag(s) : 3
Number of Continents Completed : 4
Continents Completed : Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania
Seven Continents Finisher : No
Number of Countries Completed : 34
Countries Completed : Australia Australia, Austria Austria, Cambodia Cambodia, China China, Czech Republic Czech Republic, England England, France France, Germany Germany, Guam Guam, Hong Kong Hong Kong, Indonesia Indonesia, Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy, Japan Japan, Macau Macau, Malaysia Malaysia, Monaco Monaco, Mongolia Mongolia, Netherlands Netherlands, Norway Norway, Philippines Philippines, Qatar Qatar, Russian Federation Russian Federation, San Marino San Marino, Singapore Singapore, South Korea South Korea, Spain Spain, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Switzerland Switzerland, Taiwan Taiwan, Thailand Thailand, United States United States, Vietnam Vietnam, Wales Wales
Last Update Date : 2016-03-08

Ferdinando Sorrentino was born in Naples (Italy) in 1965. After his studies he followed his working career to Germany and then to China, where he has been living now for almost ten years.

Ferdi started his running career in 1980 with the only aim to lose weight and remain… attractive. Since then he has taken part all over the world in almost 400 races including more than 150 marathons and ultramarathons. After 35 running years, the target remains the same: keep weight under control although he is no longer too much interested in remaining… attractive.

For his best times Ferdi can boast a 10:26 on the 100km, 2:52 on the marathon, 1:20 on the half, and 34:35 on the 10k. All these times achieved when his hair was still…red. As honest as he is, he is ready to admit that breaking the 10hrs on the 100k and the 2:48 on the marathon are the regrets of an otherwise decent running career. And when it comes to those regrets a couple of beers or a good bottle of wine (Italian one!) are needed to sink the unpleasant thoughts.

Ferdi finds it difficult to choose a preferred marathon….it could be Florence because of the PB and its astonishing course or… London as his first marathon abroad with its shocking mass of spectators…or the first 100k when he was only 17 and had to adjust his birthdate to be able to participate…or Guizhou 100km with its unforgettable landscape…or the first marathon in China in Dalian where he found two friends for life. Too many marathons, too many nice feelings… just keep all of them in the memory basket and avoid the temptation of making any ranking!

As China Marathon Globetrotters Ambassador Ferdi is more than happy to assist whoever wants to visit this beautiful country armed with a pair of running shoes. Running as any other sector in China is booming and every year new marathons are popping up into the list. Now it is already possible to run every weekend in a kind of endless tour of the Kingdom of the Middle and very often in spectacular unbeaten spots. Just one reminder: as you know China has one of the largest populations in the world and they are also becoming the largest running population and this makes the registration the most challenging part of any marathon in China! Therefore, if you want to take part in a marathon in China, plan it well in advance!

Apart from the long lasting running love, the only other long term commitment of his life is with Giuliana, an Italian teacher who 30 years ago decided to marry him despite his ‘illness’ as she calls Ferdi’s passion for the run. They have two daughters: Raffy who lives and works in Milan and who enjoys a moderate running passion and Betty who lives and studies in Hong Kong and who is the modern prototype of an active person, the one that can sweat like hell without going out from home…what an insanity.

Ferdi graduated in electronic engineering and with a masters in telecommunications. He earns his living managing a consulting company in China.