Lovers of running and Minsk, get ready! The registration to Minsk Half Marathon 2017 that will take place in September started.
The third edition of the race will be dedicated to the 950th birthday of the Belarusian capital. The organizers of Half Marathon presented the concept of the race and updated routes in Minsk City Hall on 13 April.
The race will traditionally begin on 10 September near the Sports Palace. The exact starting time will be announced later, the organizers said.
This year, there will be separate starts for 5.5 and 10 km distances and for those who take the challenge of running the whole half-marathon distance. The routes have also been updated.
Another change is the three-stage registration that will help the early birds save some money on registration fee.
For example, in the first stage (from 12 april to 31 July) the registration fee is 10 Br (~€5) for 5.5km, 23 Br (~€11.5) for 10km and 28 Br (~€14) for 21km.
In August the fees will rise by 5 rubles each.
The highest fees will be for the runners registering in September. The registration to Minsk Half Marathon 2017 will be open till 8 September.
The prize fund of Minsk Half Marathon is likely to reach $25,000.
The organizers of the race hope to see more foreign runners than even before thanks to the 5-day visa-free entry.
They are going to send the invitations to foreign running clubs with Welcome To Belarus postcards, that were presented earlier this year by BelarusFeed and TUT.BY.
“Not so long ago we doubted if we need to hold the half marathon and how many people are ready to run it,” the organizers said. “But now it has become more than a sports event – it is a beautiful show and one of the symbols of Minsk.”
Minsk Half Marathon was first held in 2015. Over 16 thousand runners from 36 countries took part in it. The following year the number of participants exceeded 20,000 runners and the geography extended to 42 countries.
In 2017, organizers expect 30,000 runners.