Run Ukraine, the organizer of the biggest running events in Ukraine, has announced the results and names of the winners of Run Ukraine Running League 2016 – the only running league for amateurs in Ukraine.
This year Olena Fedorova and Oleksandr Mozhovyi became the fastest Ukrainians among the participants of 5 races held this year.
The winners had successfully overcome the courses of each stage of Run Ukraine Running League 2016:
17 April 2016 – 6th Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon;
22 May 2016 – 1st Interpipe Dnipro Half Marathon;
26 June 2016 – 1st Odesa Half Marathon;
09 October 2016 – 7th Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon;
06 November 2016 – 1st Lviv Half Marathon.
There was a fierce battle for the desired first place until the last stage both among women and men. It was easy to predict the name of the winner among the ladies even before the beginning of the last stage, since the main competitor of Olena Fedorova did not participate in the race in Lviv. The winner in the men’s group triumphed on the course of the 1st Lviv Half Marathon on November 6.
The main prize presented to the winners by Run Ukraine is participation in the international French marathon The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2017, to be held on April 9.
“In 2016 we were able not only to create a few local races, but also form a national product which would be a decent representative of our country in the international running community and would be able to stimulate development of running culture inside Ukraine.
In 2017 the League will expand the list of its categories and there would be winners defined in each profession. This way we want to motivate everyone to go into sports, from housewives to business owners.
Next year we plan to keep the geography of the League – we will again have 5 stages to be held in 4 cities: Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa and Lviv. Each city of the League is unique, has its own energy. We will do our best to enhance this effect for our participants.
Successful outcome of the League was achieved thanks to the efforts of the whole Run Ukraine team, involvement of the running community, support of our partners and city councils who assist us and share our values”, – commented Dmytro Chernitskyi, the General Manager of Run Ukraine.
In order to be a worthy representative of Ukraine in Paris, the winners of the Ukrainian League have started their preparation for the race with intensive trainings.
“The League is something truly interesting, especially when there is competition. It is not just running for the main prize. For me it is also tourism, discovery of new cities, fun trips, new people, emotions and, of course, medals that you collect as pieces of a puzzle! Since I participate in running events on a regular basis, I have a collection of glass awards that makes me really happy. I hope that on April 9th I will come to the starting line in Paris with a bright smile and that I will finish with the same smile, because I would be satisfied with the route, my result and the event in general”, – said Olena Fedorova, the League finalist among women.
The leader among men is Oleksandr Mozhovyi, for him participation in such running events is first of all an ability to prove himself and win an award.
“Run Ukraine Running League 2016 is a unique special competition in Ukraine. This is a chance for any amateur runner to be noticed and win the main prize. The competition is perfectly organized: beautiful and well-planned routes of the courses, excellent performance of the team of volunteers. There is a pleasant variety of products offered at food and hydration stations: tea, isotonics, water, bananas. But all of this is soon forgotten, and the only thing that remains forever is the medal. It is unusual and looks perfect on its own, but as you finish all stages of the league, you can put all the five medals together and get one big beauty. This is the best competition I have partaken in.”, – commented Oleksandr Mozhovyi.
Run Ukraine Running League is a series of international running events created for amateurs of running of various level of training except for professionals. Here are the main figures of League 2016:
17,600 – the overall number of participants on all events of the League.
5 – the number of races.
4 – the number of Ukrainian cities that opened their streets to the participants. These cities are Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipro, Lviv.
86 – historical sites on the routes of the courses in various cities.
1,840 – volunteers involved in organization of the events.
50 – countries participating.
206,275 – this is the number of kilometers that the participants have overcome on various courses.
2,208,922 – UAH collected at the fundraising marathons.
14 – charitable funds and organizations that united to raise funds at the running events of the League.
In 2016 the fundraising marathon included the following charities: CU “Antiaids”, Ukrainian help fund, CF “Future Hearts”, CF “Tabletochky”, AUCF “Krona”, CF “Open Palms”, ICF “Everybody Can”, Doctor Bersenev ICF, UNCF “Zaporuka”, OCA “Down Syndrome”, UCF “Social Partnership”, CF “Happy Paw”, CF “Kolo”, CF “Svichado”.
Follow the link for additional information on Run Ukraine Running League 2016 http://kyivmarathon.org/run-ukraine-league-2016/
Event calendar of Run Ukraine Running League 2017:
30 April 2017 – 7th Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon;
28 May 2017 – 2nd Interpipe Dnipro Half Marathon;
25 June 2017 – 2nd Odesa Half Marathon;
08 October 2017 – 8th Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon;
29 October 2017 – 2nd Lviv Half Marathon.
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