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Siberian international marathon (SIM) is an official competition included in Russian and international calendar. SIM is a large sport and cultural event of international level that is very significant in the social life of Omsk region. For more than 20-year-old history SIM has won reputation of constantly developing project that always has high level of organization, broad covering and  attracts thousands of competitors and many thousands of spectators.

 

Siberian international marathon was organized to:

  • make Omsk region more famous, create a favorable image of a territory with stable social and political atmosphere;
  • organize the marathon according to international standards as event with no analogues in Russia;
  • use running as the most available kind of sport to popularize healthy and active way of life.

 

Nowadays Siberian international marathon is:

  • Among three Russia’s largest marathons according to the number of athletes finished the distance of 42 km 195 m;
  • Most popular sport event of the region: in 2010 there were 15,378 fans of running from 17 foreign countries and  37 regions of the Russian Federation;
  • Largest prize fund among the country’s marathons;
  • Strongest athletes from Russia and foreign countries compete in official race on classical marathon distance of 42 km 195 m;
  • More than 250 thousand of amateurs of running from 51 countries of the world for marathon’s 20-year-old history;
  • The only Russian marathon that is broadcast live;
  • More than 300 thousand of spectators and fans follow sporting battles.

 

Siberian international marathon records

The course record among women belongs to the world-class athlete Albina Ivanova (Cheboksary, Russia), who won SIM-2002 with a time of 2:30.21.

 

The course record among men belongs to the world-class athlete Edward Toukhbatullin (Ufa, Russia), who won SIM-1993 with a time of 2:13.02.

 

Interesting facts from Siberian international marathon history

In 1992 SIM organizers introduced a distance of 21,1 km especially for the honoured guest – the New York City Marathon race director Fred Lebow. Mr. Lebow ran about 70 marathons but in Omsk he wished to run half marathon. After finishing Mr. Lebow said Omsk organizers had done much more for two years of SIM than Americans for six years.

 

In 1996 a German athlete Burhard van der Wadebrink went by motorbike with the SIM symbol on it from Berlin to Omsk to take part in the race.

 

In 1999 Yavus Sup from Turkey accompanied by his friend Osman Tekin did on crutches 42 km 195 m of the Omsk course. He did it for 8 hours 15 minutes.

 

In 2001 a participant from Nizhny Novgorod region ran the marathon carrying a 25-kilo sack with sugar on his shoulders. His result is 5 hours. In the same year Olga Levakova, a wheelchair athlete from Ukraine, came to Omsk to take part in the SIM. She came here without a penny making transfers from one electric train to another.

 

In 2010 for the first time in the Siberian international marathon history the Marathon Flame, the symbol of marathon movement, was delivered to Omsk from Greece to mark the 2500-year Anniversary of the first legendary marathon race. August, 7 on the Cathedral Square it was lit on the special ceremony and after that famous Omsk athletes carried the flame along the whole SIM course.

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