Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, il/la podista, which means runner, for example, someone who might partake in a marathon. See the word used below in its context:
Alla maratona di ieri ho visto un podista cadere per terra e farsi seriamente male mentre correva. Fortunatamente i medici lo hanno soccorso in tempo e trasportato in infermeria.
At the marathon yesterday, I saw a runner fall to the ground and seriously hurt himself while he was running. Luckily, the doctors helped him in time and brought him to the infirmary.