On March 6, at 11 o'clock near Rybinsk, XIV international Rostec Demino ski marathon Worldloppet-2021 started. 2,367 athletes and ski enthusiasts registered for 50-kilometer distance free style. The gold race became the most massive in the history of Demino starts.
In 2021, 3,600 people applied for all six races of the marathon. These are representatives of 58 regions of Russia and six countries of the world: France, Czech Republic, Belarus, Moldova, Estonia and Georgia.
The start of XIV Rostec Demino marathon was given by the governor of the Yaroslavl region Dmitry Mironov.
- This year we were very lucky with the weather. There is enough snow, the course is close to ideal. As a skier, I already said it. A good pillow, a wide track, dangerous areas worked out, - said Igor Samoilov, the director of Demino Marathons. - This year we changed the starting area and cut the tracks to ensure social distance. For those who could not come, a new virtual format of participation was introduced.
The peloton of the race was made up of famous athletes, winners of previous years. Among them are 2006 Olympic champion in duathlon and the current track record holder Evgeny Dementyev, bronze medalist of Vancouver Olympics Nikolay Morilov, Russian champion in cross-country skiing and roller skiing Natalya Zernova.
34 skiers with the title of "Master Worldloppet" took part in Demino race. 28 participants of the gold race went to the start in bibs with the name"Legend".
- Despite the pandemic, this year a record number of participants. With our participation, with our presence, we support athletes, ski lovers, show children an example of a healthy lifestyle. All of us today are part of a large team of a big marathon. All participants in a successful race and light skiing, - said the head of the city of Rybinsk Denis Dobryakov.
Dmitry Kondrashov was the first to cross the finish line. Among women, Marina Chernousova showed the best time at the 50-kilometer distance.
13 athletes entered the finish zone of the 50-kilometer gold race at once. The top three showed one time - 01:59:32. The winner was determined by the photo finish. As a result, Dmitry Kondrashov won the first place in the 14th Rostec Demino marathon.