In 2018 we will host eighth Kyiv half marathon. Over this period of time we have become the leader of running events in our country and set high standards for such events.
I am glad that all of us are a part of the big festival of running — Nova Posta Kyiv Half Marathon 2018, which would definitely be remembered by the historical Kyiv.
We grow. Eight years ago, in 2010, we were beginning with a simple idea — to organize a health and sports event in the capital city. We did it and it was our small victory. However, thanks to you and your support, every year we are able to get one victory after another. Last year there were about 9000 of us, and this is just the number of runners. The Race Village at Kontraktova Square was visited by at least 27,000 people overall on the day of the event. With every year the running community in Ukraine is growing and this year we plan to have about 12 000 participants.
We develop. In 2015 Kyiv international half marathon became a full member of the Association of International Marathons (AIMS). It is a great responsibility and an opportunity for us. It took us a few years to join AIMS, since we had to meet a number of requirements and have our track certified. Now is our chance to enter the international arena. Especially as the situation in our country is stabilizing. Our plans for the near future include receiving “bronze” label from the IAAF.
8th Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon 2017 became the first running event in Ukraine to receive the Bronze Label from the world organization IAAF – International Association of Athletic Federations.
We help. Last year the charity race “Winners” and the fundraising marathon raised 1 121 753 UAH within Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon.
We promote. Kyiv half marathon is not just a festival of running. It’s a lifestyle. In 2014 along with adidas company we started a series of weekly free training sessions Open Run Day, which resulted in creation of a running club Run Base Kyiv. Famous civil activists, artists, athletes help us promote the running culture of Kyiv and Ukraine. This year we also plan on having the series of free training sessions Open Run Day, which would help our participants prepare for the event.
We are grateful. The team of Kyiv half marathon is thankful for each athlete joining our festival of running. Our event is improving thanks to our partners. We are very grateful to this year’s title sponsor — Nova Poshta company and personally Viacheslav Klymov. We thank Kyiv City State Administration for support and assistance in organization of our event. We would like to thank our sponsors and media partners, volunteers and everyone involved in Kyiv half marathon, since it is your input that makes our race special, unique and extraordinary, makes it forever memorable for our participants.
I am glad to see you as part of our family again!
With love for our cause and best regards.
CEO Run Ukraine