Online registration for the 23rdSIM is open

15 June 2012
Online registration for the 23rdSIM is open

Online registration for the 23rd MIZUNO Siberian International Marathon will be held from June 1 to July 15. Those wishing to apply will need to fill in an online form. 


This year, the MIZUNO Siberian International Marathon has joined an unusual campaign - a marathon entitled Sameday, same hour. The peculiarity of this event is that the SIM will start on the same day and at the same time as the 2012 Men’s Olympic Marathon in London.

Starter’s gun will simultaneously fire in London and Omsk.


According to Konstantin Podbelsky, Deputy Minister for Youth, Physical Education and Sports of the Omsk Oblast, holding the Omsk marathon at the same time with the Olympic one will contribute to promoting the Olympic ideals, familiarizing the general public with the Olympic Movement:

"Any Olympic Games finish with such discipline as themen’s marathon. It is no accident –it emphasizes the tribute to the Olympic traditions. Suchlike Marathon will be held on August 12, the closing day of the Olympic Games in London. On the same day and at the same hour the Siberian International Marathon will take place. We move the traditional date of the Omsk marathon a week up. Of course, we will have to make some adjustments that have to do not only with the new date, but also the time of the event. The Men’s London Marathon starts at 11 a.m. local time. Given the time difference between Omsk and London, the Siberian Marathon will start Sunday at 5 p.m. Now it is even impossible to imagine the emotions that will be shared by the people that will run simultaneously with the world’s best athletes in London," remarked Konstantin Podbelsky.


During three days,live broadcasts from the Olympic Games will be held in the oblast Expo Center. The whole day of the marathon, August 12, will be broadcast live from Sobornaya Ploshchad. The marathon track will be closed at 11 p.m.


Let us note that the idea to organize a mass marathon in Russia simultaneously with the Men’s Olympic Marathon belongs to Boris Prokopyev, chief editor of thenationalmagazineBeg y my. The first suchlike marathon entitled Sameday, same hour and organized by the originator was held on August 24, 2008 in Zelenograd. The race “accompanied” theMen’s Olympic Marathon in Beijing. Given the four-hour time difference between the two capitals,the Zelenograd racestarted at 3:30 a.m. More than 250 runners covered the 42 km 195 m distance.


Organization of the Zelenograd marathon simultaneously with the Beijing onehas demonstrated that thousands of runners can join the main sports event every four years through the participation in this race. Live broadcast on video screens set up on the start and finish lineshelped the marathoners compare their pace with the world’s best athletes andexperience the Olympic atmosphere form thousands of miles away.

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