Dear participants of the Demino marathons!
Colleagues! Partners! Sponsors! Numerous assistants and volunteers! September 01, 2020 is my final working day in the status of director of "Demino marathons".
I want to thank everyone, who took part in the races, as well as in their preparation and conduct. Many things were for the first time in these years! For the first time ski marathon representing Russia is included into WORLDLOPPET! For the first time, our marathon entered the top ten largest ski marathons in the world! For the first time, the Demino marathon became the third on the planet in terms of the number of finishers among skating races! For the first time in Russia, more than 1,900 participants finished in a 50-kilometer ski race (1,913 people in 2019). It is possible to list for a very long time the merits and successes of the Demino miracle, which is only 14 years old, but everyone knows that without athletes, who annually take part in the starts, of the country's main ski holiday, this miracle would simply not have happened!
I leave my post with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I leave the marathon "on the crest of the wave": in a stable financial position, leading in Russia in all respects and having an undeniable authority in the international skiing movement. On the other hand, I fear for the future of the marathon because of the new challenges of our time: unpredictable weather with no snow, coronavirus, drop in activity among participants, getting used to the success of the marathon among the leadership of the region, city and district ... There is such a candidacy, and moreover, this candidacy was approved and elected by the members of the Council of People's Commissars “Demino marathons”. I can only say that this is a person honored in the world of sports who has the highest sporting title in Russia. On September 02, 2020, full information about the new director will appear on the website and social networks of Demino marathons.
Not saying goodbye…
I will do my best to help the new director and one of the world's best marathon teams, if necessary!
Your Alexander Ignatiev