Franco Plesnikar was born in Cave del Predil (Tarvisio, UD) on 28 July 1969 and lives with his family in Dogna (UD), a tiny village in the Friuli Region. A 360 degree athlete, he had started to practice sports in 1988, during his military service. From cross-country skiing he eventually switched over to fell running, to track and road running and to ski mountaineering, gathering excellent results. In 1998 he ran his first marathon, stopping the chronometer at 2h31'11'': not bad for a debutant! It was in 2002, in Gorizia, that he set up his first victory in this specialty, in a time of 2h26'03''. From that day on Franco has continued to improve and collect victories, becoming an example on the national sports scene.