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Thousands of women gathered tonight in Milan for the European finale of Nike's We Own the Night 10K race series. Milan's first experience of night running for women featured a brand new path through the design capital. Unexpected explosions of light, colour and music made each twist and turn special. 

Participants shared the starting line with Italian Olympic marathoner Valeria Straneo and run-crazy TV presenters Melissa Satta and Fiammetta Cicogna. The race exceeded expectations and many runners felt as exhilarated at the end as they did at the beginning.

"This was the best night out! Indeed the whole journey, since beginning my workout with NTC, has been an unforgettable road of firsts. With a very different Milan and thousands of girls around me - an unforgettable night!" —Melissa Satta
"A big party: this is the right way to describe tonight. When I arrived with my Running Team, I couldn’t believe it. This has been about girls running together - and you could feel this energy as we owned the city of Milan." — Fiammetta Cicogna

The post-race party featured suitably energetic performances by the U.K.'s Queen of Clubs Shystie, Loop Loona with Lady Coco and special guest Nina Zilli — Italian soul singer par excellence. Zilli captured the spirit of the night, saying: 

"I’m here to celebrate a very special night dedicated to women who are strong in leg and also in spirit. To support this girl power, I’m dedicating a brand new show to all of you, an out-of-the-ordinary musical experience for those who are still not tired of running."