In 2016th we will hold our sixth Kyiv half marathon. Throughout this time we have become a leader of running competitions in our country and set high standards of such events.
I am glad that we all are a part of a great celebration of running — Nova Posta Kyiv Half Marathon 2016, which will definitely be remembered by historical Kyiv.
We grow. Six years ago, in 2010, we started with a simple idea – to organize a sports and health event in the capital city. We did it – and it was our small victory. And every year thanks to you and your support we win again and again. Last year there were about 6,500 of us, and this is speaking only of the runners; in general the Marathon Village on Kontraktova Square was attended by at least 25,000 visitors on the day of the race. Each year running community in Ukraine grows, and this year we plan to gather about 9,000 runners.
We develop. In 2015 Kyiv International half marathon became a full member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). It is a great responsibility and opportunity for us. We had been preparing to join AIMS for several years, because at first we needed to have the track certified and meet a number of requirements. Now is the time to actively enter the international arena. Especially since the situation in the country has stabilized. Our immediate plans include receiving a “bronze” mark from IAAF.
We help. For the third time in a row Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon gets charities involved in order to raise awareness of urgent problems and help solve them. In 2014, thanks to the charity race we managed to collect 150 000 UAH, in 2015 this figure grew to 644 595 UAH.
We care. Run Ukraine always pays special attention to children. They are our future. Traditionally, thanks to the support of McDonalds, the participation of children free on all courses – 100, 500 and 1000 m.
We popularize. Kyiv half marathon is not only the running festival on April 17. It is a lifestyle. In 2014 together with adidas we started with open workouts Open Run Day on Sundays, which resulted in a running club Run Base Kyiv. Prominent public and cultural figures and athletes help us popularize running culture in Kyiv and Ukraine. This year we also plan to hold a series of open trainings Open Run Day, which would help our participants properly prepare for the event.
We thank. The team of Kyiv half marathon first of all would like to thank each athlete for being a part of our celebration of running. Our event gets better and better thanks to our partners. So we thank our title sponsor this year – the Nova Poshta company and personally Viacheslav Klymov. We thank Kyiv City Administration for their support and assistance in the event, we also thank our sponsors and media partners, volunteers, and everyone involved in Kyiv half marathon, because each of you contributes to our race to make it unique, special and extraordinary. You make an event, participation in which is remembered for life.
I am very glad to see you in our family again!
With love to the cause and respect.
CEO Run Ukraine