On February, 29 near Rybinsk the first race day ended with the free style 50 race of XIII. International Rostec Demino ski marathon FIS\Worldloppet. More than two thousand participants went to the start of the 50 km race, more than six thousand people became fans of the bright sporting event. The best results were shown by Raul Shakirzyanov and Alena Perevozchikova.
Athletes and amateurs from 18 countries of the world and 60 regions of Russia took part in the main race.
“The weather this year tested us for strength. There was no snow, instead of it rains and plus temperature. But in the end, thanks to the heroic work, the volunteers did everything. The technical delegate inspected the course, it was in perfect condition,” said Alexander Ignatiev, the director of Demino marathons.
The winner of XIII. International Rostec Demino ski marathon FIS\Worldloppet was Raul Shakirzyanov. He crossed the finish line after 2 hours one minute and 27 seconds after the start. This is his second gold on the Demino course. The first victory was in 2017.
The favorite Rybinsk fans - Nikita Kryukov - came to the finish line with 37 result in the overall standings. After falling and breaking a pole, he overcame in two hours and 14 minutes and reacted with humor to the situation.
On March 1, the day of classic races of Rostec Demino ski marathon traditionally gives young athletes the opportunity to test their strength on the international sports course. For young skiers was prepared 2, 5 and 10 kilometers distances. The most touching was Baby marathon. Little skiers finished a kilometer lap at the stadium. Here everyone performed under the first number and received a real marathon medal.
The main 25 km race of the second competition day began at 11 o’clock. Participants started from four starting corridors with an interval of three minutes. Among the first to go the distance was the winner of Sochi 2014 Olympics in the team sprint, three-time world champion Nikita Kryukov and the bronze medalist of Vancouver Olympics Nikolay Morilov, the winner of XIII. Rostec Demino ski marathon gold race Raul Shakirzyanov.
The oldest participant was 97-year-old Norwegian Hoeeg Jan Thomas. He has been skiing since he was five years old. This is his second visit to Russia, both times he came to a sports ski event.