SIM receives the IAAF Bronze Label!

19 January 2012

Siberian International Marathon has been awarded the Bronze Label conferred by the International Association of Athletics Federations, thus becoming the only Russian race to hold such a status. This Label symbolizes resognition of the SIM as a popular and a significant world sports event.


This international rating increase has become possible due to annual completion of certain requirements, including certified running track, significant prize fund, automatic logging system, online result card composition via Internet, live broadcast on video screens set up on the start and finish lines, high-level spectator security and many other things. The main requirements were met in 2011, namely: drug-testing of race winners and participation of elite professional sportsmen from at least 5 countries.



According to Konstantin Podbelsky, Omsk Oblast Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Physical Education and Sports, the IAAF Bronze Label is a new milestone for the Siberian International Marathon, a more prestigious level of competition: “The Label will greatly propel further development of the SIM. From now on most elite sportsmen will regard our marathon not as some exotic racing competition in faraway Siberia but as a professional sports event that complies with the international standards. And being the Omsk Oblast brand, the marathon will more effectively promote our region worldwide".


As Andrey Sandalkin, Marathon non-profit partnership Race Director, says, in the nearest future the SIM is likely to try to receive the Silver Label. In order to achieve this goal, several times more people have to run the official race of 42.195 kilometers.



To cap it all, the Bronze Label provides the SIM with the following perspectives:


first, an IAAF Label duly motivates elite sportsmen to partake in the competition, since it is a chance to increase personal rating;


second, IAAF certified marathons enjoy support of the International Association of Athletics Federations;


third, marathons run under the auspices of the IAAF are more willingly sponsored by large international companies;


fourth, an IAAF Label is a sign of the marathon recognition worldwide, which contributes to the image of the Omsk Oblast as one of the most sportive regions of Russia.




According to the IAAF, elite international marathons are classified into three categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze ones. Siberian marathon has become the first Russian running competition to be included into this classification system.




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