On Saturday, June 11, our colleagues took part in a sports race - the White Nights marathon in St. Petersburg, which brought together almost 12 thousand people. Kirill Pivovarov, Group Leader of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning department (St. Petersburg), and Vladimir Medvedkin, Chief Specialist of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning department (Moscow), ran 42.2 km along the central embankments and streets of the northern capital and finished on Palace Square under the cover of night!
The start of the full marathon distance (42.2 km) was scheduled for 23:00. The idea to hold a marathon at night was born in 1990. The athletes' path ran through the historical center of the city, past the Kazan Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Rostral Columns, the Smolny Cathedral and other sights.
Thanks to the night format, our colleagues did not struggle with the June heat, enjoyed the beauty of the white nights and were able to show impressive results:
- Vladimir Medvedkin – 3:28:04
- Kirill Pivovarov – 4:23:09
While Vladimir has long been the sports inspirer of our company, Kirill participated in competitions for the first time, and immediately ran a marathon! It took him 4 months to prepare.
The White Nights marathon was held in St. Petersburg for the 31st time, after a two-year forced break due to the coronavirus: both in 2020 and 2021, the race had to be cancelled. The route of the marathon this year was slightly changed, but remained in the historical center of the city. The participants had 2 distances to choose from - 10 km and 42.2 km.
Participants with distinguished results received commemorative medals with marathon symbols. The awards depict the mythical images of winged lions. Those who could not run supported the marathon runners along the entire route. The weather also favored a comfortable run and good mood.
We congratulate Vladimir and Kirill on excellent results and wish them further sports success!