On April 29 more than 10,000 people took part in the 5th Kharkiv International Marathon. The competition was not only a spectacular sports event but also a festival of healthy lifestyle and joy.
In addition to the participants from different Ukrainian regions and Kharkiv’s twin cities, there were athletes from 22 countries, including Germany, Poland, Japan, China, Kenya and the USA.
Amateur and professional runners got three main courses of 4.2 km, 10 km and 42 km. There were also team races of 21.1 km for two and 10.55 km for four people.
The winner of the men’s marathon race was a 32-year-old athlete from Kenya, Seren Benjamin Kiprop, who set the Marathon’s record, having run 42 km for 2 hours 18 minutes. The second and third places were taken by athletes from Kharkiv and Kyiv.
Gold in the women’s marathon race was won by an athlete from Dnipro, Tetiana Vilisova in 2 hours 51 minutes 45 seconds, Kharkivite Olha Donchenko took silver with a time of 3 hours 5 minutes 43 seconds. Kenyan runner Prisk Dzhemutai finished third in 3 hours 10 minutes and 2 seconds.
The event’s wonder was the youngest participant, 5-year-old Ivan Symonenko, who ran 4.2 km with his two sisters and mother Oksana Ivanets, Kharkiv frontier service secretary.
Reference: Kharkiv International Marathon was launched in 2014 and has been gathering athletes from all over Ukraine, as well as from around the world. The marathon’s route runs through the main streets of Kharkiv and covers its main sights.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: Vasyly Holosny, FB