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Vyshyvanka Run: Major sports event on Ukraine’s Independence Day

On August 24, over 2,000 participants will run the marathon at Rusanivska Riverwalk in Kyiv, within the Fifth Run in Vyshyvankas
14:25, 10 August 2018

Vyshyvanka Run

Vyshyvanka Run will take place in Kyiv on the Day of Independence of Ukraine, on August 24. Apart from a 1 km charity run, the adults may choose to run the marathons for 5 and 10 km, while the children run 100 meters.

The collected funds shall be spent on the sportswear for the students of Complex Youth Athletic Center #1 of Bakhmut City Council (Donetsk region, Ukraine-controlled area, - 112 International). 1,200 children and teenagers study 13 disciplines there: field-and-track athletics, volleyball, boxing, kickboxing, football, basketball, ping pong, powerlifting, freestyle wrestling, judo, sumo, sambo, shooting sports. The school graduates achieve prominent results: there's a bronze medalist at London Olympic games in 2012, and also prize winners of numerous championships, European Cups and World Cups.

Vyshyvanka Run is a bright patriotic and family holiday, the holiday of unity when Ukrainians get together wearing vyshyvankas and participate in a large run, symbolizing a decent willpower and the independence of the Ukrainian nation.

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The author of the idea is Oleksandr Kuzin, track and field athletics international master of sports, Europe’s best marathon runner in 2017. The event gathered 400 runners back in 2014, when they ran 5 km. The number of participants grew to 1,500 and the race moved to Kyiv’s Rusanivska riverwalk. The event enjoyed the support from abroad, apart from the national support – Washington, New York City, Dubai, Rivne (northern Ukraine) and Nova Kakhovka (southern Ukraine) supported the initiative.

Related: The New York Times names Ukrainian vyshyvanka  to be the main fashion trend in summer 2016

The event is supposed to spread patriotic stance among the Ukrainians, involving people in regular physical exercises and sports, developing mass sports in Kyiv and in Ukraine in general, creating a positive image of our country in the world.

The event is organized with the support of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Athletics Federation of Kyiv.

Feel free to join the most patriotic marathon of August!

 

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