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Odesa Half Marathon 2017 gathered more than 2000 participants from 25 countries of the world!

June 26, 2017

On June 25 the major event of the city — ArcelorMittal Odesa Half Marathon 2017 was held in Odesa with the support of the network of fitness clubs Sport Life. 

The second Odesa International Half Marathon gathered more than 2000 participants from 25 countries of the world. Professional sportsmen and fans of running from the USA, Belarus, Estonia, Moldova, France, Spain and other countries started near the Odesa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre with accompanying music of the national orchestra and applause of 7000 of spectators and fans. As usually the organizers offered the participants four individual distances: 21. 0975 km, 10 km, 5 km and charity run “Winners”. The Family Run 2 km, cup among the employees of metallurgical branch Steel Cup 2 km, cup among the representatives of law enforcement agencies Security Cup 5 km and relay run were also held for the first time this year as a part of Odesa Half Marathon. 

Yuriy Hrytsak from Mykolaiv with the result 1:08:04 became a total winner of Odesa Half Marathon 2017 among the men at the major distance — 21. 0975 km. Serhiy Marchuk with the time 1:09:20 was the second one. The competition for the first place between Serhiy and Yuriy lasted till the midpoint of distance. The sportsmen started with the same pace and were close up to 10 km when Serhiy Marchuk started to slow down the pace. Artem Piddubnyi covered the distance third with the time 1:09:45. Note that this is already the second win for the sportsman Yuriy Hrytsak in the history of Odesa Half Marathon. He also was the first among the top five of half marathon distance last year. 

Valentyna Poltavska from Odesa with the result 1:20:42 won the major distance among the women, she was a leader just after the start. Iryna Masnyk with the time 1:23:38 covered the distance second. Olena Fedorova, a winner of Odesa Half Marathon of last year, finished this time third with the result 1:24:28. All finishers of major and relay distance got the commemorative medals of unique design. The finishers of major distance got the medals with a Duke of Richelieu’s portrait. 

The children’s run at 100 m, 500 m and 1000 m distances were held for the smallest sportsmen. Each finisher also received unforgettable emotions from the run festival and his own medal. 

The star fans of run were also among the participants of Odesa Half Marathon 2017. The television presenter Marichka Padalko with the husband Yehor Sobolev covered 21. 0975 km distance. The best athletes of Ukraine joined the run event, including Ivan Heshko — the European and World champion in the 1500 m. He covered the major distance with the time 1:17:10. Solomiya Vitvitska with her colleagues from “1+1” ran the charity run “Winners” intended to gather funds to buy a sporting artificial leg for ATO veteran Mykola Poltorak. 

As compared to Odesa Half Marathon of last year not only a number of participants and spectators grew, but a size of prize fund that made 50 000 hryvnias this year. There were awarded the total winners among men and women at 21. 0975 km distance 

“ArcelorMittal Odesa Half Marathon 2017 is a running event where everyone can participate. We hold the half marathon in Odesa for the second time and are convinced this event is created not only for sportsmen. The participants from 25 countries toed the starting line. That’s double of participating countries if to compare with the statistics of Odesa Half Marathon in the last year. Due to the support of the city and its inhabitants we conduct the event that develops sports tourism, popularizes Odesa beyond the borders of our country and makes popular a healthy lifestyle among the Ukrainians. We plan to gather even more running fans in the Southern Palmira next year”, — noted Dmytro Chernytskyi, general manager of Run Ukraine.