"Zaporizhstal Half Marathon 2017" attracted tourists from all over the world

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On November 5, the first semi-marathon "Zaporizhstal Half Marathon 2017" took place in Zaporizhzhia. About 1,500 people took part in it. These were representatives not only from Zaporizhzhia and the region, but also dozens of Ukrainian cities, as well as guests from Azerbaijan, Moldova, Poland, Turkey, the USA, the UAE and other countries.

On November 5, the first semi-marathon "Zaporizhstal Half Marathon 2017" took place in Zaporizhzhia. About 1,500 people took part in it. These were representatives not only from Zaporizhzhia and the region, but also dozens of Ukrainian cities, as well as guests from Azerbaijan, Moldova, Poland, Turkey, the USA, the UAE and other countries.

The opening of the semi-marathon "Zaporizhstal Half Marathon 2017" took place on Shevchenko Boulevard. A lot of fans and spectators also gathered here. The city mayor of Zaporizhzhia Volodymyr Buriak, the general director of Zaporizhstal PJSC Rostislav Shurma and the general manager of Run Ukraine, Dmytro Chernitskyi greeted the audience.

- Today's semi-marathon is a great event for Zaporizhzhia. I am convinced that it will become annual, will eventually turn into a real marathon, as in many other cities of Europe and the world, - said Vladimir Buriak.
The city mayor suggested that the annual performance of the semi-marathon will work towards increasing the tourist attractiveness of the city.

- I'm sure that the semi-marathon will become traditional. Such events are a kind of brand that allows Zaporizhzhia to be presented not only in Ukraine but also in other countries. It shows that in Zaporizhzhia there is not only industry but also people who are keen on sport, - said Vladimir Buriak.

The general director of Zaporizhstal PJSC Rostislav Shurma hopes that the number of participants in the Zaporizhzhia semi-marathon will increase in the future.
- I am glad that in Zaporizhzhia there is such an event, which gathered one and a half thousand participants. Semi-marathon is a contribution to the development of Zaporizhzhia. Events of such level help the city reach a new level, - said Rostislav Shurma.
The general manager of Run Ukraine, Dmytro Chernitskyi, explained why the organizers have chosen Zaporizhzhia to perform the semi-marathon.
- The city has unique historical objects. This is the dam “Dniproges”, the island of Khortytsia. I believe that Zaporizhzhia Semi-Marathon will promote the development of sports tourism in Zaporizhzhia and sports culture as well, - said Dmitro Chernitskyi.

The length of the half-marathon is slightly over 21 kilometers. Start and finish are on Shevchenko Boulevard. The route passes by road transport of the dam “Dniproges”, the island of Khortytsia, the city center and the bank of the Dnipro. Those who decided not to run a semi-marathon distance, but expressed their desire to participate in such a large-scale event, compete at distances of ten, five and two kilometers. A family run for two kilometers and children's starts for 1000 and 500 meters were organized.

It should be noticed that the title sponsor of the event is “Zaporizhstal”, many workers of which participated in the competition. The organizers are Run Ukraine Company. Prize fund is 30000 UAH. Winners and prize holders of the semi-marathon received cash prizes and memorable prizes.
 
The semi-marathon "Zaporizhstal Half Marathon 2017" is also a charity event in which funds are raised to assist the five-year-old girl, Lisa, who is suffering from cerebral palsy.

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