Some 30,000 people from 71 countries took part in the 5th Moscow Marathon which was held at Luzhniki on the morning of 24 September. The classic distance of Russia’s largest amateur run was 42.195 km.
Athletes in wheelchairs and those with hand bikes were the first to start. The rest of the group started several minutes later.
“It is a landmark event for the city. Our goal is to be among the world’s top-10 marathons. Almost all large cities in the world hold their marathons. I am sure that Moscow will soon take a decent position on this list,” said Head of the Department of Sports and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayev.
Among the participants were 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, four-time Olympic champion Alexei Nemov and 2018 FIFA World Cup Ambassador Alexei Smertin.
The marathon programme also included a corporate relay race.
The marathon was held in the city centre: along the Moskva River embankments 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. The participants were able to observe world famous landmarks: the Kremlin, the White House, four of the seven high-rises built in Stalin’s era, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and others too.
This year, the starting points for the classic marathon and the 10 km race were placed in different areas of Luzhniki. The races also started at different times. The finishing line for both events was in the same place, so that those who ran 10 km could root for their friends taking part in the marathon. For the first time, an online broadcast was held for supporters from all over the world.
Athlete Artyom Alekseyev from Ufa won the Moscow Marathon. He covered the distance in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 15 seconds. Fyodor Shutov from Izhevsk came in second clocking 2 hours, 18 minutes and 10 seconds. The third place was taken by Andrei Smirnov from Perm. He covered the distance in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 46 seconds.
Sardana Trofimova from Yakutia was best among women (it took her 2 hours, 30 minutes and 29 seconds to cover the distance). Marina Kovalyova from Omsk came second with 2 hours, 37 minutes and 48 seconds. Yevdokia Bukina from Chelyabinsk took third place with 2 hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds.
Igor Maksimov from Novosibirsk won the men’s 10-km race. He covered the distance in 29 minutes and 10 seconds. He was followed by Muscovite Iskander Yadgarov, whose result was 29 minutes and 21 seconds. The third place went to Rinas Akhmadeyev from Kazan (29 minutes and 22 seconds).
Yelena Sedova from Novosibirsk was the best among women (33 minutes and 50 seconds), followed by Yekaterina Sokolenko from the same city (34 minutes and 11 secodns), and Galina Vinogradova from Barnaul (34 minutes and 20 seconds).
All athletes who completed the marathon taking no longer than six hours were awarded memorable medals.