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19/03/2012 The sixth edition of the traditional Demino Ski Marathon (Russia) gathered more than 1600 skiers from all over Russia and became truly international as athletes from France, USA, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Byelorussia, and Ukraine

The sixth edition of the traditional Demino Ski Marathon (Russia) gathered more than 1600 skiers from all over Russia and became truly international as athletes from France, USA, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Byelorussia, and Ukraine took a challenge to ski the Golden 50 km free race on March 17, 2012. The Demino Ski Marathon is the biggest popular ski race in Russia and is one of the Russialoppet Marathon Cup races. Being a FIS World Cup cross-country venue for five years, Ski Sport Centre Demino carried out the Demino Ski Marathon for the sixth time, and each year the number of skiers increases. For three previous years the total number of participants completing the entire distance of the main race exceeded 1,000 in each that allowed the marathon to be a Worldloppet official candidate. This year became special for Russian cross-country ski sport as Demino hosted the Worldloppet Executive Committee Meeting. The Executive Committee members and Worldloppet General Secretary Angelo Corradini made thorough inspection of the venue facilities and race organization and gave positive feedback, so that the Demino Ski Marathon was invited to the next Worldloppet Annual General Meeting in Estonia, in June 2012, where Demino Ski Marathon Organizing Committee will make final presentation to enter the Worldloppet ski series. Among almost 1300 skiers who finished the main race there were top athletes - Olympic Champion Nikita Kriukov (RUS), "bronze" in the Olympics 2010 Alexei Petukhov (RUS) who became the 10th and the 4th respectively in the absolute ranking, Natascia Leonardi Cortesi (SUI), "bronze" in the Olympics 2002, competed with Natalia Zernova (RUS), winner of the last year"s Demino Ski Marathon. Vadim Nesterov (Russia) won the Golden 50 km F race, Ekaterina Rudakova (Russia) became the winner on the women"s side!