1 month to go before the best ski marathon of Russia – the IX Traditional International Demino Ski Marathon FIS / Worldloppet 2016.
While weather forecasts in Europe are very disappointing, Demino is exerting every effort to prepare the marathon course. Every day ra-tracks remove snow from the sides of the course and groom it. One month before the race, athletes and Demino team say that the course is almost perfect.
This year snow conditions in Europe are critical: Czech Jizerská Padesatka was shortened from 50 km to 4 km, German König Ludwig Lauf and French La Transjurasienne were cancelled, Estonian Tartu Marathon also failed in a struggle with the weather. Skiers do not haste to register for the Demino Ski Marathon. March 2014 when the Demino course was washed off is still not forgotten. Although the situation of 2014 might happen again, now Demino has more entries for the main race than finishers last year. Number of countries has decreased but the number of foreign skiers is the same as in 2015. Many skiers recommend the marathon to their friends and bring their families to Demino. For example, Dr. Preetam Singh from India is going to participate both in the main 50 km FT race and 25 km CT race. His son Arjan registered only for the half-marathon while Mrs. Reena Singh will support their family.
In 2016, the Demino marathon Organizing Committee changed the entry conditions: now the skiers are required to provide both insurance and medical certificate.
There are also changes in timing. This year all skiers will have reusable timing transponders that will allow to know real starting time of each skier (last year skiers in one starting group had the same starting time). Thus the number of bibs for the main race is limited to 2000. Good news is that finishers will receive sms with their results.
In addition to usual menu, refreshment stations will have isotonic drink mixed with Red Bull. Two companies, Red Bull and Powerup (Russian sport nutrition producer), will work together to make a new kind of drink that will help skiers to be energized until finish.
Information partners of the Demino Ski Marathon – R-Sport Russia Today, Sportbox.ru, Bolshoy Sport magazine. Sponsors and partners - Atomic, Salomon, Fischer, Swix, and Russkaya Mekhanika.
Online registration is open on the Demino Marathons web-site www.marathon.demino.com until March, 4. Distribution of bibs starts on March, 9, and the day before the race it will be open almost until midnight.
The organizers welcome skiers to the big race of big Russia and wish everybody successful preparation for the race!