MARATHON MAN: EA7 Emporio Armani will outfit the Milano Marathon runners. The partnership will last two years. The event will take place on April 2 next year, its 17th edition.

“I love the sport’s message, one of commitment and patience, but also of solidarity,” said Giorgio Armani. “Milano Marathon has all these qualities, in an engaging happening that is the perfect expression of the city’s energy.’’

Milan Marathon drew 20,000 runners earlier this year. The men’s winner was Ernest Ngeno of Kenya in 2:08:15, while the women’s winner was Bridget Kosgei of Kenya in 2:27:45. In addition to the full 26.2-mile marathon, the event includes a half marathon and a relay marathon.

EA7 Emporio Armani also outfitted the Italian team at the Rio Olympics and sponsors Milan’s Olimpia basketball team, which the designer controls.