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Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

In August, we will have two large-scale half marathons at once: Luzhniki in Moscow and the Northern capital in St. Petersburg. To understand which of them is better to apply for, we staged a battle between Moscow and St. Petersburg and compared the starts with each other. Who will win the battle of the two capitals?

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

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Introducing the participants

Severnaya Stolitsa (St. Petersburg) Half Marathon

Young half marathon in St. Petersburg. It was held only the second time, but from the first start it became popular. There are also starts for 10 km, a children's race and a charity race of 1520 m.

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

Start at Palace Square

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Luzhniki Half Marathon (Moscow)

The second largest race 21.1 km in Russia - reached its scale in just 2 years. Also, there are races on handbikes and racing strollers and a children's race.

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

Participants are running past the Kremlin

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Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

Luzhniki Half Marathon: 7 facts about how it was

On August 13, the Luzhniki Half Marathon dedicated to the history of the legendary Olympic Complex took place.

Route

Northern Capital: It is worth taking part in the St. Petersburg half marathon at least for the sake of the route. A real must-have of a tourist is located 21 km away. Participants in the semi-marathon run past the Kazan Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Rostral Columns, the Admiralty and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Start and finish - at the Palace Square. There is a risk of wasting time by looking too often at the historical facades, but it is a pleasure to run past them.

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

The half marathon route in St. Petersburg

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Luzhniki: The Luzhniki Half Marathon does not lag behind in the scenic route. The race takes place along the embankments of the capital: Luzhnetskaya, Frunzenskaya, Prechistenskaya, Kremlin, Raushskaya and Kosmodamianskaya. Participants run past the buildings of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the General Staff of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, skyscrapers on Kotelnicheskaya embankment and run to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin.

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

Luzhniki Half Marathon route

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Which route is more scenic? Depends on which city you like more. For our taste, both are great. Draw.

Score - 1-1

Mass character

Northern capital: 2613 people started in 2018 in the Northern capitalk: 1548 men and 1014 girls. Participants actively replenished their strength at a distance: almost 7 thousand liters of water were drunk and 850 kg of fruit were eaten: 450 kg of bananas and 400 kg of oranges.

Luzhniki: At the start in Luzhniki a year ago 5306 people left: 3684 men 1471 girls. For such a number of participants, as many as 8000 liters of water and 2300 kg of fruit were needed: 1400 kg of bananas and almost a ton of oranges.

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

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Luzhniki is still a more massive half marathon, but in the Northern capital you may be more free to run at a distance. By the way, if we compare the ratio of participants by city, more women run in St. Petersburg. This fact can be useful for both girls and men. The point for mass character goes to the Luzhniki, but the Northern Capital ', as a younger start, has every chance to catch up with Moscow.

Score - 1-2

Results

Northern Capital: in 2018, the participants in St. Petersburg showed impressive results.

  • The best among men at 21.1 km - Stepan Kiselev - ran the distance in 1 hour 4 minutes 43 seconds.
  • The best among women 21.1 km - Tatyana Arkhipova - covered the distance in 1 hour 13 minutes 36 seconds.

Luzhniki: in Moscow, the results for 21.1 km in 2018 were slightly lower.

  • The best among men - Dmitry Safronov - finished in 1 hour 06 minutes 27 seconds.
  • The best among girls - Elena Sedova - covered the distance in 1 hour 18 minutes 22 seconds.

Participants of the Northern capital are slightly ahead of Muscovites. So, if you want to set yourself a higher bar, head to St. Petersburg. However, striving for a better time is not at all necessary. Better to test your strength and enjoy the race.

Score - 2-2

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

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Result - 2-2

We could not determine who is more attractive - Moscow or St. Petersburg. Each half marathon is good in its own way. There is a solution - to run both starts. You will definitely not go wrong.

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

Participant of the Luzhniki Half Marathon

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The Northern Capital Half Marathon in St. Petersburg this year will be held on August 4 . The race will have 3 distances: 21.1 km, 10 km and a charity run Reaching the goal of 1520 meters. The event will also host a corporate relay race and children's races of 400 and 800 meters.

Online registration for the race is open until July 11.

The Luzhniki Half Marathon will be held on August 18. There are distances of 21.1 km, a children's race and a ride on handbikes and strollers. Participants will have a running holiday with food court, music and entertainment.

Online registration for the race is open until July 25.

Past the Kremlin or the Hermitage. Which half marathon is better? Battle of Capitals

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