In spite of the uncertain times, the Moscow Marathon took place in its traditional format on 20 September 2020. For the eighth year in a row, residents and guests of the Russian capital ran either 10 km or 42.2 km courses along the city’s downtown streets. Traditionally, the Moscow Marathon has been one of the country’s most popular events of its kind.
It was the first official footrace for Alexander Lanets, AsstrA Automotive Logistics Specialist.
"I had been preparing for this marathon for 3 months using the Hanson method. I ran 42.2 km ran in 3 hours 45 minutes and took 2,995th place out of 8,899.
During the race we got lucky with the weather: 12 degrees and no precipitation. I was pleasantly surprised to see 60- and 70-year-old runners completing the same distances as everyone else. For younger runners, this was excellent motivation to continue training and staying active well into the future."
The event took place in the very heart of the capital along the embankments of the Moscow River, past the "Moscow City," along the Garden and Boulevard Rings, along Tverskaya Street, Teatralny Proezd, and near the Kremlin. The marathoners received a free visit to the Tretyakov Gallery as a prize.
“The route was in fact quite difficult. There were long climbs, and you need to prepare properly if you want to complete the whole course. It was a great opportunity to test your strength and train your discipline. When you set a goal and work towards it with dedication, you will see the positive results in your athletic performance and personal life,” shares Alexander.