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03.10.2012
On September 23 charity Marathon 5275 was carried out in the Gorky Park.

It was the 1st time the Marathon 5275 was held. Three charity funds were its institutors Life Line, Joint way and Reach for Change.

Charity races have been very popular in many cities and counties of our planet for lots of years, helping to solve various social tasks. Foreign experience inspired Faina Zakharova, president of the «Life line» fund, to create such a movement in Russia, too.

The distance of the race — 5,275 meters — was selected intentionally. Since the race was carried out for the first time, it was crucial to attract runners of all skill levels, therefore it was decided to take only 1/8 of the usual distance as a must. As a result over 1,000 runners participated in the marathon, and over 2 million rubles were raised. All the money collected will be transferred to the charity programs of the funds which organized the event.

The youngest participants and mothers with strollers together covered the distance of 300 meters, thus opening the event. And right after children’s race «Starts’ start» took place, in which the participants were: Evelina Bledance with her son Semen, Sergey Lazarev, Lyaysan Utyasheva, Anton Zorkin, Natalya Pereverzeva, Daniil Fedorov, Alina Assii, Oleg Aleksandrov, and Aleksandr Seleznev. Mr. Seleznev participated in the main 5275 meters race also and cooked delicious pastry for the participants of the largest team, which turned out to consist of the 5 Retail Group staff.

After a rousing warm up, more than 1,000 participants toed to the starting line in order to cover the 5275 meters distance. Some of the runners were dressed up in creative costumes. You could see an angel, lynx, bee, cooks and birds among the runners. Particularly distinguished were the «Promsvyazbank» epmloyees, who pulled on costumes of Angry Birds.

We sincerely say thank you to all the participants of the charity run for such a wonderful, sporty fest of life, sports and positive mood!

Our winners:

Men:
— Nikita Romanov (born in 1993). Result: 00:16:44
— Bob Kommers (born in 1969). Result: 00:18:11
— Andrey Pasechnik (born in 1969). Result: 00:18:19

Women:
— Aleksandra Bogatyrova (born in 1993). Result: 00:19:35
— Mariya Mihaylenko (born in 1983). Result: 00:21:00
— Svetlana Tomashevskaya (born in 1990). Result: 00:21:22

The winner in the nomination «The youngest participant»: Viktoriya Pavlova (born in 1998).

The winner in the nomination «The eldest participant»: Dmitriy Isaev (born in 1929).

The winner in the nomination «The most creative jogging suit»: Nataliya Viksom (lynx-like suit).

The winner in the nomination «The largest team»: X5 Retail Group.

We are grateful to everyone who joined the charity Marathon 5275! Thanks to all the cohesive corporate teams: TV «Rain», 5 Retail Group, «VimpelCom», «Tele2», «Metro» newspaper, «IT» group of companies, JSC «Promsvyazbank», CJSC «Skincare», «TNK-BP» company, «Yota» company, TV-company «Viasat», «Svyaznoy» group of companies, Innovative People, charity fund «Doctor clown», company «Baker’s Street».

Special thanks to the Marathon’s partners: Gorky park, Promsvyazbank, «AlfaStrakhovanie», «Fitness Holding», Nestle, Bosco, Polar, Herbalife, «Yoga federation», Easy Meal, flotilla «Radisson Royal. Moscow», «Tele2», «Yablokoff», «Tom Farr», «FitoGuru» company, bakery of Aleksandr Seleznev, multimedia fitness-club «Zhivi», CJSC «UniCredit Bank», «Clifford Chance», " UBS Bank«, «Aviva» Insurance Company, «ConocoPhillips Russia Inc.», «Sumitomo Mutsui Rus Bank», «DataSpac».

We thank very much our media partners: «Rain. Optimistic Channel», newspaper «Metro», «Echo of Moscow», TV-company «Viasat».

We would like to thank the participants of the «Stars’ start» for their support, as well as wonderful mothers of the «MAMAlish» project, who crossed distance of 300 meters along with their little sportsmen smoothly.

Thanks to each of the participants, partners and guests! We’ll see you in 2013 on the charity «Marathon 5275»!

Run for life!

Faina Zakharova

Every day we receive letters where mothers and fathers tell us about the lives of their children after surgery. You could make a book out of those stories. In a sense it could be called a textbook, a short guide for those who want to be happy. In it children show how to get into things, enjoy, exhibit magnanimity and gratitude, how to be strong and what is more, how to be children. For children are the happiest people in the word. It is only necessary to ensure that they are healthy.