adidas Elbrus World Race 2017

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Who are the mountains to climb?

For me, participating in the adidas Elbrus World Race is a great opportunity to see what you can do, see the most beautiful places and take part in an epic mountain race. Elbrus is one of the most desirable peaks for many mountaineers. Participation in the race gives an incredible feeling of accomplishment of some super significant event in your life. These are the things you will remember later. For the sake of such unforgettable moments and impressions, you leave your comfort zone. I am grateful to an unknown person who wrote in huge letters on a welcome banner next to the hotel: “Olya Maykopova, Run - Get high, inhale Elbrus!”. Indeed, every inhalation and exhalation is so real here.

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

During the May holidays, before the race, I went to the wonderful Rosa Run event as a video cameraman of the GoPro team, and there I learned about the mountain races. I found the idea of ​​running in the mountains much more attractive than running on asphalt. You breathe fresh air, there are gorgeous landscapes around you, you feel the solitude and power of wild nature.

It is this running that gives me energy and the maximum amount of emotions! Even the very realization that you are taking part in a mountain race raises your heart rate and makes your heart beat a little faster. Perhaps you will do it once in your life, but your deed will remain in your memory forever.

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

Pain is temporary, failure is forever

That year I went to Elbrus, because I realized that I could do it! For me, this was the first official participation in the race, and I did not regret at all that I decided to participate. I set myself the goal not to leave the race and be sure to reach the finish line. My boss said a very cool line before I left the office: “Pain is temporary, fail is forever”. It was very difficult, sometimes it seemed that there was not enough strength, someone even cried. I could stop at any moment, but I knew that I could reach the finish line, because I had been preparing for this the whole summer. While you are running, different thoughts flicker in your head: you think about what you want to do, what you dream about. And when you cross the finish line, they put a medal around your neck, it seems that absolutely everything is possible.

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

Every time I attend the races, I am amazed at the strength and patience of people who choose a distance of 112 kilometers. It takes very good endurance and discipline to prepare yourself for such a race. These people are inspiring! I chose the shortest distance, because I am still quite a beginner in skyrunning.

The best incentive to train and run for results for me was joining the Adidas Runners Moscow team. My old friend invited me thereVasilina Moroz. The captains sincerely support you and believe that you can do more than you think, because you create yourself. In general, there are many running clubs in Russia, and it seems to me that being inside the team is more motivating.

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

We run along the embankments of Moscow, on Vorobyovy Gory, and open trainings take place all summer long on the best roof - The Base sports ground. Personally, in order to run in the mountains, I left for a month to train in Altai. There is incredibly beautiful nature and perfect relief.

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

When I I was driving from the airport to Terskol, the village where all the adidas Elbrus World Race participants lived, looked at nature, and it turned out that the Elbrus region is very much like Altai, so I chose the right mountains for training.

Strength in overcoming myself

Probably the most interesting thing for me was to overcome my own fear and feelings of insecurity. At a distance of 11 kilometers, it was necessary to reach the 6-kilometer track mark as soon as possible. This meant that you had already covered more than half of the way and there was very little left. But that's where the fun began. We started at an altitude of 1450 meters and finished at an altitude of 3400. First, we ran along a serpentine road along a dirt road, then through a coniferous forest, then through alpine meadows along paths, and then obstacles began with crossing rivers and a track made of stone boulders.

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

Almost before the finish, in the last three kilometers, two vertical lifting. In a short period of time it is necessary to gain a height of 800 meters. It seemed that you absolutely did not have the strength to continue your journey, and people around you were very encouraged. The support of the team is very important, and here you feel it very strongly.

I made new friends while passing the distance, and we continue to communicate, we plan the next races. And after you ran 11 kilometers to the finish line, there was still exactly the same descent. In the last three kilometers I thought how delicious it would be to eat local Khichins and drink herbal tea made from freshly picked herbs.

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

The Elbrus region is an incredibly beautiful place. In half an hour on the way from the airport of Mineralnye Vody you meet the first mountains. These are the five peaks of the city of Pyatigorsk, and then the most beautiful hills begin to grow out of the fields and become higher and higher. In three hours you will have a view of rocks with snowy tops and mountains of four thousand, and if you take a lift leading to Cheget, you will see a view of Elbrus peak 5642.

At the finish line, to which you were 11 km track was laid, we saw not only the finishing arch, but also beautifulSyltrankel lake. For the sake of such discoveries, I want to travel. There are immensely hospitable people who willingly showed the way, told interesting stories about the local mountains and shared secrets of where to buy the best and inexpensive souvenirs. I definitely want to come back here!

I'm not a coward, I'm running Elbrus

During the race I saw very different people. I can say that they were all open, positive, purposeful and smiling all the time. When we first arrived at the starting area, it was seven in the morning and the sun was just beginning to come out from behind the mountains. They started giving out chips and start numbers, everyone was warming up, handed in their things, discussed something and seemed very happy. It seemed that everyone was united by one idea, supported by the slogan that I saw on one of the signs on the site: “I'm not a coward - I'm running Elbrus.”

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

Actually, I really love travel and I love exploring Russia! I love it when rest is combined with activity, so I try to come up with the most interesting plan. I often go on a trip with friends or a tourist group, so that there is also a company with whom I would like to share the emotions of what I saw. I am very attracted to event tourism.

You go to a large interesting event, take part or as a spectator, and then go on a journey charged with what you have already seen. Over the past year, I discovered winter Baikal, went to the Baikal Rift event, visited Altai three times at different times of the year, constantly fly to Krasnaya Polyana, discovered Dagestan and the Crimea. Travel, people, and new places change a lot. They open up new facets that you never knew about, you become more conscious and begin to appreciate time more. There are still so many places you want to visit, so you need to seize every opportunity and live!

Adidas Elbrus World Race: run, get high, breathe Elbrus!

Photo: Pyotr Tuchinsky

You can take part in the adidas Elbrus World Race this year.

Dates: August 3-5.

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