Luzhniki half marathon to attract 7,000 runners

Luzhniki half marathon to attract 7,000 runners
The route runs by the building of the Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium, crosses the Krymsky Bridge, and passes the spit of Bolotny Island, Christ the Saviour Cathedral and the Kremlin walls.

The Luzhniki Half Marathon, dedicated to the legendary Olympic complex, will take place along the Moskva River embankments on 26 August. Some 7,000 runners are expected to take part in the event. They will run past the building of the Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium, along the Krymsky Bridge, and by the spit of Bolotny Island, Christ the Saviour Cathedral and the Kremlin walls.  

As usual, athletes riding handbikes and racing wheelchairs will take part in the half marathon. This race will start 10 minutes ahead of the main event that is scheduled to begin at 9 am and will follow the same route.

Supporters will be able to cheer the runners at the start and finish lines. The race will be broadcast on the half marathon website. 

Ahead of the marathon, on 24 and 25 August, a number of events will be held at Luzhniki Stadium. A documentary about the Boston Marathon is scheduled for Saturday (beginning at 8 pm). Those who are unable to register beforehand will be able to do so on-site. On the same day, children and young people will be able to compete in 400- and 800-metre races for the first time in the history of the half marathon. Their starts will be organised according to age group. All contestants will receive gifts from the partners of the event as well as commemorative medals.

On 26 August, the Luzhnetskaya, Frunzenskaya, Prechistenskaya, Kremlyovskaya, Raushskaya and Kosmodamianskaya embankments will be closed to traffic from 7 am until 1.30 pm.

For many runners, the Luzhniki Half Marathon will be the last official competition ahead of the Moscow Marathon, which is seen as the main running event and is scheduled for 23 September. Registration is available on the website through 28 August or at the sport exhibition at Luzhniki on 21 and 22 September.