MINSK, 2 August (BelTA) - The Minsk Half Marathon organizers expect almost 11,000 runners to take part in its 2022 edition which is due to take place on 11 September, Chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation Ivan Tsikhan told the media, BelTA has learned.
This year the main 21km distance will feature a renewed route – from Dinamo Stadium along Nezavisimosti Avenue, Lenina Street past the city hall and the Sports Palace, Pobeditelei Avenue, Masherova Street, Strozhovskaya Street through the Trinity Suburb and Kuibysheva Street, Victory Square and back to Dinamo Stadium.
Minsk Half Marathon 2022 will also feature 10km and 5km races.
The first edition of Minsk Half Marathon took place in 2013, after which the decision was taken to make it an annual event. This festival of sports and health gathers professional and amateur runners in the Belarusian capital's central streets. Minsk Half Marathon featured more than 16,000 participants in 2015, 20,000 in 2016, 30,000 in 2017, and more than 40,000 in 2019. In 2020, the traditional September event was canceled due to the epidemiological situation. The half marathon returned back a year later, though with restrictions on the number of participants – no more than 10,000. Nevertheless, runners from 40 countries and 215 settlements of Belarus came to Minsk to take part in the half marathon last year. According to participants, the organization of the event improves every year.
Minsk Half Marathon is one of the biggest sporting events in Belarus.