On 24 September, the country’s biggest running event will take place in Moscow. Over 30,000 people from 70 countries are expected to take part in the anniversary 5th Moscow Marathon. Apart from the classic 42.2-km and 10-km long races, the event’s programme will include a corporate relay race as well as another race involving hand-bikers and also wheelchair users.
The route will be the same as during the previous marathons. Participants will start from Luzhniki, run along the embankments of the Moskva River past the Moscow City business centre, the Garden Ring, across the Krymsky Bridge, along the Boulevard Ring, Tverskaya Street, Teatralny Proyezd plus past the Kremlin walls. They will be able to observe over 30 city landmarks.
Among the participants are Russian marathon champion (2016) Fyodor Shutov, winner of the 2016 Moscow Marathon Artyom Alekseyev, participant in the 2012 Olympics Alexei Reunkov, tennis player Vera Zvonaryova, Moscow’s Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov, television producer Tash Sarkisyan and many others.
Famous athletes will run along a short cut, which will be marked by a blue line.
Special places will be designated for supporters near the start and finishing areas, as well as various parts of the route. A live broadcast will be available online and on the project’s social network pages.
Prior to the start, on 22 and 23 September, Luzhniki will host an expo of sports services and goods. It will have 61 stands with information about leading sports brands, medicine companies, charity foundations and international running events. Here marathon participants will receive their starter packs, visit a traditional pasta party, meet famous athletes and attend themed lectures.
The number of participants taking part in the Moscow Marathon grows by the year. The first one, held back in 2013, brought together 6,000 people and this year, the number might even reach 30,000.
“We have managed to raise a new generation of runners and achieve amazing results – the number of participants has grown more than four-fold. This is a record growth rate for Europe,” said Moscow Marathon Director Dmitry Tarasov.
The 42.2-km marathon, the corporate relay race and the hand-bike and wheelchair event will start from the southern facilities of the Luzhniki stadium, while the 10-km race will begin on the Luzhnetskaya Embankment near Prestizhnaya Alley.
The hand-bike and wheelchair race will begin at 9 am, the marathon and corporate relay at 9.15 am and the 10-km race will start at 10 am.