24th national ecological marathon "Samara Luka" successfully ended in the Samara region. This year the event was attended by over 1,000 people. The record for the number of professional sportsmen was broken - 392 against less than 300 in previous years, the Samara region governor’s office told Welcome2018.com.
The representatives of 25 cities of Russia participated in the marathon, as well as runners from Riga and Tallinn.
The organisers of the marathon combined sporting event with promoting ideas of preserving the unique nature, bringing together the interests of the sport, the issues of environmental education and preserving the national park.
The grand opening of the sports and environmental festival was held on the renewed stadium “Krystal”, where supporters of an active lifestyle – athletes, students, city guests and residents – gathered in the morning.
The reconstruction of the stadium finished this year. Now the stadium has high-quality field turf, comfortable bleachers and spacious administrative offices with the necessary equipment for athletes.
VIP-race opened the sports part of the marathon. The representatives of the region’s government, the Municipal Duma of Zhigulyovsk, city businesses and institutions participated in the race. Then school students joined the race. They had to cover a distance of 1 km.
All the participants of the marathon were awarded with commemorative medals at the finish, and the winners received cash prizes, trophies and barrel of organic honey from the national park "Samara Luka."
The fans will be able to use routes through the park "Samarskaya Luka" during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.