Vyshyvanka Run will take place in Kyiv on the Day of Independence of Ukraine, 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.
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.
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.
The event promotes the 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.
As it was reported earlier, Ukrainians celebrate Vyshyvanka Day on annually on the third Thursday of May. Thursday was not chosen randomly. Its founders insisted that the holiday falls on a working day, instead of the day off.
This holiday is young because it appeared relatively recently - in 2006. Its founder is the student of the Chernivtsi National University Lesya Voroniuk. It was she, who proposed her classmates and students to choose a day and put on vyshyvankas. She was inspired, by the way, by another student Ihor Zhytariuk, who regularly came to classes in the embroidered clothes.