Moscow half marathon may again become the most popular race in Russia

© RIA Novosti / Fedorenko Vladimirroman. Archival photoMoscow half marathon may again become the most popular race in Russia© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko

Moscow half marathon will be held in the capital on 21 may and again promises to be the most popular race in Russia: the participants have to run more than 20 kilometers along the most scenic route on your way you will meet St. Basil’s Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the Kremlin.

This year, the Moscow half marathon will be part of the First all-Russian marathon «In Running» — runs for a distance of 21.1 km will take place may 21 across the country: in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-don, Kazan, Samara, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Vladivostok.

«One day of polukarpovo when running all Russia, will be a historic cross-country movement. Simultaneous start will allow the project not only become one of the biggest sporting events in the country, but also to get into the Guinness book of records», — told RIA Novosti the organizers of the event.

The winning city

In the framework of the project «For running» will be selected as the winning city, and Moscow also has all the chances to receive the title «running capital» of Russia. The winner will be chosen based on the average overcome distance in every city and also on the ratio of the number of participants to the population of the city and the average speed they run.

Last year at the start of the Moscow half marathon there were 8 thousand people, making it the most mass in Russia. This year the organizers plan to defend the title of the largest half marathon in the country.

The number of people willing to take part in the Moscow race this time increased, so the organizers not only have increased the number of quotas, but also added a new distance of 10, 5 and 3 kilometers. On may 21 start in «Luzhniki» will be about 20 thousand participants who will be part of a great event.

Running along the famous quays

The scenic route of the half marathon will be held in one round along the embankments of the Moscow river with views of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the Kremlin. The participants at 10, 5 and 3 kilometers run in the opposite direction, towards government House, along the Luzhnetskaya, Savvinskaya and Krasnopresnenskaya embankments.

At the start of the Moscow half marathon will be well-known politicians, athletes, musicians and TV presenters.

On the eve of the race, 19 and 20 may, in «Luzhniki» will host large-scale sporting exhibition, where leading manufacturers of sports equipment, gadgets, and sports nutrition will present its new products.

Ceiling for motorists

During a half-marathon for motorists will be blocked some Central streets.

Restrictions will apply including on Luzhnetskaya, Frunzenskaya, Prechistenskaya, Kremlin quays, Big Moskvoretsky bridge, Swamp street, Novodevichy embankment and walk of Fame.

Motorists will not be able to pass on these sections 21 may from 8.00 am to 13.40.