The Moscow Half Marathon will be one of ten First Russian Half Marathon events with runs covering between 3K to 21.1K, and medals awaiting the winners at the finish. The nationwide Half Marathon for Running, will kick off in ten Russian cities simultaneously.
Apart from Moscow, the Half Marathon will be joined by runners in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, Samara, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Vladivostok. The simultaneous start will make the project one of the country’s largest sporting events and also pave the way for a place in the Guinness World Records book.
A winning city will be based on the average distance covered in each city, the percentage of the runners in the total city population, and average running speed.
Last year, 8,000 people ran the Moscow Half Marathon, which made it the largest in the country. This year, the number of applicants has increased; the maximum number of entries has also been raised and new distances added: 3K, 5K and 10K. About 20,000 people will take off from Luzhniki on 21 May to join the big sporting event.
The Half Marathon will follow a picturesque circular route along Moskva River embankments with views of St Basil’s Cathedral, the Church of Christ the Savior and the Kremlin. Athletes in the 3, 5 and 10K runs will be moving in the opposite direction towards the Government House along Luzhnetskaya, Savvinskaya and Krasnopresnenskaya embankments.
Prior to the Half Marathon on 19 and 20 May, Luzhniki will host a large sports exhibition show where the leading manufacturers of sports gear, devices and sports nutrition will present their latest products.