Thousands to take part in Moscow Marathon

Thousands to take part in Moscow Marathon
The first ever internet broadcast of the event will be available for fans all around the world.

The Moscow Marathon, the city’s biggest running event for amateurs, will take place on 24 September. A total of 30,000 runners are expected to take part.

The event will comprise the classic 42,200-metre full marathon, a shorter 10K course, a corporate relay race, and a handbiker and wheelchair user race all on major Moscow streets.

The first ever online broadcast of the event will be available to fans around the world. Several runs will be held before the marathon, including the April Run, the Moscow Half Marathon, the Colour Run, the Night Run, and the Luzhniki Half Marathon. 

The April Run will take place at Luzhniki on 9 April. It will bring together 6,000 runners who will cover 5,000 kilometres.

The Moscow Half Marathon will be held on 21 May as part of the first national half marathon called ‘For Running.’ The 21,100-metre course will challenge runners from Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, Samara, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Vladivostok.

The Moscow Half Marathon will feature a circle course along Moskva River embankments. Three more courses will be added this year, including the 10-, 5- and three kilometre runs. The starting time and place will differ according to the run.

The Colour Run will be held on 11 June, with four multicoloured areas and tons of paint available to runners. The five-kilometre route will circle the Luzhniki Sports Complex to continue down Novoluzhnetsky Proyezd and the Luzhnetskaya Embankment. Around 9,000 runners are expected to be at the starting line.

The Night Run, the first such event to begin after dark, will be held on 15 July. Around 6,000 runners will cover a 10,000-metre distance along the Frunzenskaya and Prechistenskaya embankments. Participants can enjoy the view of artistically lit buildings and sights including the building of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Defense Management Centre, the Andreyevsky and Krymsky bridges, the Krasny Oktyabr factory and the Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

The Luzhniki Half Marathon will be held on 14 August and dedicated to the history of the legendary sports complex. A total of 9,000 runners will cover a 21,100-metre circular course along Moscow embankments. Wheelchair users and handbikers will also take part. After the main event, participants can visit the Luzhniki sports museum, which holds Russia’s largest collection of sport trophies.

Registration for the Moscow Marathon opens on 16 February. More information can be found here.