Another 31-I open all-Russian mass ski race "Ski Track of Russia" was held on February 10 in 71 regions of Russia.
In the race, according to the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko was attended by about one and a half million people. "Ski Track of Russia" held by the Ministry of Sports of Russia jointly with the Federation of skiing Russia (FLGR) annually since 1982.
According to Mutko, "the number of participants (race) is growing year by year," and in the last few years has increased by 300,000 people.
The main objective of a "ski", the minister said, is to promote the sport. "Our primary goal — not just one-time fee to these events, but also to attract more people to the sport. It is important to make this holiday fun and entertaining to all Russians — young and old — can join the sport," — he said .
The race was held in 71 regions of the country, and the largest number of participants (more than 10-20 thousand people) was observed in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan Republic, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Chuvash Republic, the Republic of Mari El, Altai Krai, Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk , Kirov, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saratov, Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk and Orenburg regions, in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Central start "Ski" was held in Yakhroma. At the opening ceremony of the sports park, "Lindsay" was attended by the acting governor of the Moscow region, Andrei Vorobyov, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Moscow Region Oleg Zholobov.
To participate in the central start "Ski 2013" application filed about 25 thousand people, including those from foreign countries. Among them are not only lovers, but also by professional athletes.