3rd Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon, which was held in Lviv for the third time on June 10, turned the city into a capital city of a fairy tale, giving the participants a sunny weather and excellent organization. For the first time in the history of the half marathon course in Lviv, it gathered nearly 1,300 participants! For the second time in a row the winner among men is Taras Salo (1:08:51), and this is his home run. As to women, the winner in the fierce competition is a representative of Bukovyna Yuliia Profis (1:19:18).
In the competition among men, Taras Salo took the initiative from the very start and became the sole leader straight to the finish line. The resident of Lviv has a speedy start, which provided a considerable gap from the rivals and, keeping the situation under control, he confidently defended his last year’s title. Yurii Hrytsak (1:09:29) came in second, being 38 seconds behind, and the third place was taken by Yurii Vykhopen (1:12:14) who came in 3 minutes and 23 seconds after the leader.
“My time result was one minute worse than last year. Of course, deep inside I wanted to set a new record. But first of all my goal was to win, and I did! I realized that setting a record was doubtful, taking into account the weather conditions. I was still running for the track record on the 10th kilometer. But it was connected with tactical moments, since right from the start I was planning to get away from my rivals and keep this distance till the finish line. This tactics worked, even though it was hard! I am overall satisfied with the winning result. I am overwhelmed with emotions! I dedicate my victory to my loved ones who always cheer me on, no matter where, no matter when I run, they always support me,” – commented Taras.
Contrary to the men, the result of the race among women was a mystery almost until the finish line. Right from the start the leading position belonged to an experienced runner Tetiana Vernyhor, but closer to the middle of the course the leading positions were taken by Yuliia Profis and Mariia Hudak. The victory in the running duel of Lviv half marathon belongs to Yuliia Profis, Mariia Hudak finished second, being 23 seconds behind, with the time of 1:19:41, the third winner is Tetiana Vernyhor (1:20:16) who came in 58 seconds later than the winner.
The winner shared about her struggles on the course and emotions after the victory:
“It was not easy to run, I was trying to keep up with the leaders, I would get behind on some uphill portions of the road, but I would always catch up with them on the downhill portions. Even before the 10 kilometer mark there was just Maria Hudak and I left among leaders, and 6 kilometers before the finish line, on one of the downhill portions of the route I made an attempt to get away and succeeded. After this and straight to the finish line I had to give my best, so the last uphill portion was the hardest. I must confess that joy after a victory was a few times greater than my efforts on the course!”
This year the organizing company Run Ukraine gathered participants from all over Ukraine and from 27 countries, including runners from Poland, France, Belarus, Canada, China, Japan, Jamaica and other countries.Thus, the 3rd Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon became one of the largest racing regional events. The event was traditionally supported by Lviv City Council. And the Mayor of Lviv, Andrii Sadovyi, successfully finished the 2 kilometer course and said:
“Half marathon is the support of the people who are for sports, for running. Many guests, many foreigners, come to Lviv. People coming from different countries to Ukraine and Lviv get very positive energy from us, and then they will tell everyone how cool we are. Every year I take part in the half marathon and this year I running was easy and there was more confidence. In fact, it is very cool, we need more half marathons because they create a very cool environment. Look at those people who came to run today and those who support them – these are bright and kind people. “
The route of the main racetrack of Western Ukraine for the third year came through the central streets of the city in one circle. The start and finish lines for all courses was located by the legendary Lviv Opera House. And the event itself this year received the highest rating – 5 stars from the European Athletics Association.This is the highest level of certification and evaluation developed by leading European experts.
“Lviv half marathon is already a traditional event that became an annual event for the city, and it has a direct goal – involving participants in a healthy lifestyle through amateur running – the most affordable sport. Speaking more about Lviv half marathon, this year we have 2,400 participants, among whom 11% are foreigners. This means that the racing movement in our country is developing, and running is a catalyst for sports tourism,“- said Dmytro Chernitskyi, the General Manager of Run Ukraine.
The title sponsor of the event is the “Molokiya” company, which for the third year in a row supports both Lviv half marathon, and races organized by Run Ukraine in general.
“Molokiya” company supports Lviv half marathon from the very beginning, and this year, no doubt, the 3rd Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon is the largest! We are pleasantly impressed by the number of participants, and especially the number of spectators who came to support athletes, it is very inspiring! Thanks to such sporting events, we help to change the lives of Ukrainians, to make them healthier and stronger. A lot of smiles, incredible emotions and drive — this is Lviv half marathon of this year!“- commented Yuliia Demchyk, the Deputy Director of Marketing for Molokiya .
This year the prize fund of the competition was increased by 16,000 hryvnia compared to last year and amounted to 65,500 hryvnia. The absolute winners and medalists in seven age categories among men and women on the course of 21 km were awarded cash prizes.
The half marathon program included three individual races on the courses of 21.0975 km, 5 km and 2 km. Also, for the first time there was a relay race: 1×10 km + 1×11.0975 km HeForShe Lviv Half Marathon Relay and 3×5 km+1×6.9755 km Under Armor Relay. Also, for the second time Lviv half marathon included Family Run, a race for a family team of any number of members, even parents holding small children or pushing them in strollers could participate in it. Traditionally, children could participate on the courses of 1000 m, 500 m and 100 m.
Also, the longest distance was overcome by people of respectable age. The oldest participant among men was Vasyl Krupskyi (born in 1940, second in the category 70-99 y.o. – 2:08:31), among women – Mariia Ostrovska (born in 1955, second in the category 60-69 y.o. – 1:58:33).
Traditionally, the 2 km race was charitable, its goal was to raise funds for the purchase of rehabilitation equipment for the Yurii Lypa Lviv Regional Hospital of Veterans of War and Repressed. The hospital provides specialized medical care in many areas, including orthopedics and traumatology, but proper rehabilitation equipment in the hospital is not enough. 50% of the cost of the registration fee went to charity.
Well-known participants of the charity race included Yuliia Tkach – world champion in wrestling, two-time champion of Europe, Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine, Anna Muzychuk — three-time world champion in chess among women and three-time champion of Europe in chess among women, participants of the beauty contest “Miss Lviv – 2018” along with their wards from orphanages, the first Lviv resident who conquered Mount Everest – Roman Gorodechnyi, the Master of Sports of Ukraine, the Champion of Ukraine in running 1500 m, the winner of the Ukrainian Cup in running 800 m Orysia Demianiuk, the Master of Sports of the international class in high jumps, the winner of the team Championship of Europe, the finalist of the European Championship indoors, the finalist of the Diamond League 2011 Dmytro Demianiuk.
Special awards were given to all finishers of the 21 km course. This year the medals had a special design, they carry the symbol of the city – a lion. All relay race participants received medals made in the form of stairs which symbolize the fact that in order to achieve their goal, the team needs to climb its way up.
The organizer of the event Run Ukraine, together with Run4U running club, for the first time held a series of free running training sessions Open Run Day prior to the race, as well as a series of free lectures from experienced runners and Olympic winners, in order for the residents of Lviv to be well prepared prepared for the upcoming race.
The organization of the 3rd Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon involved 517 volunteers, 11 reanimobiles of medical aid, 30 representatives of the Red Cross and 5 crews of the MotoHelp organization, 30 representatives of the Red Cross and the Maltese Assistance Service along the route.
Thus, the 3rd Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon became the second after Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon with more than 1000 finishers of the course of 21 km! Now we hope to outnumber it on the fourth race of the Run Ukraine Running League 2018, which includes seven races in five cities of Ukraine, in Odesa on August 26!
1.Taras Salo 1:08:51.8
2.Yurii Hrytsak 1:09:29.7
3.Yurii Vykhopen 1:12:14.1
1.Yuliia Profis 1:19:18.3
2.Mariia Hudak 1:19:41.1
3.Tetiana Vernyhor 1:20:16.9
1.Volodymyr Shvets 16:43.6
2.Stanislav Demianiuk 17:33.5
3.Volodymyr Zhuravlov 17:46.7
1.Olha Nosova 20:44.2
2.Iryna Sliusar 21:42.4
3.Maryna Ruban 22:45.9
1.Volodymyr Khanas 6:42.3
1.Yuliia Tkach 8:13.6
Official event website: http://lvivhalfmarathon.org/
The title sponsor — Molokiya
Organizer: Run Ukraine
Official partners: Mitsubishi Motors, Total, HeForShe
Official sports partner: Under Armour
General media partners: Kiss FM, Focus, Sport Life, XSPORT
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