In good trim. Teams of Vitebsk region and of the Presidential Security Service of Belarus won the winter festival “Minsk Ski Track 2017”.
The sports marathon was held in Minsk after a long break. The organizers had no luck with the weather since 2013.
Nevertheless, light frost and snow got all doubts out of the way in 2017.The ski-run was perfect. More than 2000 people tried their hand in the race. Government and security officials, ordinary citizens and foreign guests took part. This competition is a sports celebration. It is not the winning that matters here.
After all, all the participants and fans got their main prize of positive emotions.
I do skiing every year, I ran the Minsk Half Marathon. I even have photos. Skiing in the fresh air is the best recreational physical exercise in winter.
Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus:
The popularity and demand at the race was so high, that additional numbers were given to more than 500 people without online registration. All in all, more than 2000 people took part in the ski-run.
Maxim Ryzhenkov, First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus:
A lot of work on attracting different kinds of sports competitions into Belarus is being done. It is very important. The situation for the Belarusians has improved. Today a lot of cheerful and colourful celebrations are held, no one is forced into taking part in them. People themselves register online. Their smiles and good mood create a positive atmosphere.
Apart from the competition itself, an ambitious entertainment show was organized. Performances of Belarusian stars, all kinds of quizzes, dancing and food treats.