Running Hearts Green Marathon will be held in 54 cities across Russia and in other countries where Sberbank Group is present. More than 150,000 people will take part in these events. In keeping with tradition, the main run will take place in Moscow, where for the first time the starting line will be on Vasilevsky Slope in the city centre. The programme of the marathon includes runs of 4.2 km (including for wheelchair users), 10 km and 21.1 km (starting at the same time), a concert on Red Square, and an award ceremony for the winners of the marathon.
In 2017, marathons held in cities where Sberbank operates and the new joint project in Moscow – Running Hearts Green Marathon – became one of the country’s most successful charity sporting events, raising a record 50,000,000 roubles. All funds were donated to the Naked Heart Foundation to help develop its project for providing early intervention services to young children with special needs such as autism, Down’s syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Thanks to the money that was raised, more than 500 families in five cities received access to free support services at early intervention centres, early assistance services, and nurseries that carry out the Naked Heart Foundation’s project.
The Running Hearts Green Marathon in Moscow is not limited to Sberbank employees, and amateur and professional athletes (including Olympic champions). Members of Russia’s Paralympics Team, athletes of the Special Olympics, and wheelchair users will also be able to participate.
Sberbank’s first Green Marathon was held in 2012. The project won an award of the United Nations’ Environment Programme for contributing to environmental protection. It also set a Russian record as the mass sports event held in the largest number of cities within one light day.
The Running Hearts charity run was founded by Polina Kitsenko and Natalia Vodianova in 2015 to support the programmes carried out by Naked Heart Foundation.
WHATE: Running Hearts Green Marathon
WHERE: Vasilevsky Slope, Moscow, Russia
WHEN: 27 May 2018