Kharkiv is a millionaire city, a scientific center and an ex-capital of Ukraine. If this is not enough to make you want to run Kharkiv Half Marathon from Run Ukraine, we have come up with a list of reasons:
Kharkiv is a city with one of the most active running communities in Ukraine
You may not know it, but there is a powerful running community in Kharkiv. Its members not only train together, organize events and go to races abroad, but also contribute to the development of running infrastructure in Kharkiv. If you want to get inspired, talk to like-minded people, get cool ideas that can be implemented in your city, this is the place for you.
This is your chance to see a UNESCO monument before it is included in the official documents
Yes, Kharkiv “monument to Soviet constructivism” – the Derzhprom building – is basically a few steps away from being included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Native residents of Kharkiv claim that it would have happened a long time ago had they not replaced the original Derzhprom windows with plastic ones. However, currently Derzhprom is on the preliminary UNESCO list, and this is already a great success.
Discover the city of literature – the city of inspiration and drive
Once upon a time, it all began with Hryhorii Skovoroda. In the 1920s Kharkiv was the place for the literary get-together that was to become the “Executed Renaissance”, and many of the writers lived in the legendary house “Slovo” (The Word). Today, as you run down the streets of Kharkiv, you can literally run into Serhii Zhadan at one of the intersections. Perhaps this city is really filled with some vibes of inspiration. Anyway, you need to come to Kharkiv to check it out.
This is a unique opportunity to run in Kharkiv NOT IN THE PARK
Kharkiv streets are usually packed with cars and the sidewalks in the downtown area are crowded. Of course, Kharkiv parks deserve all the praise – they are incredible, and you will get the chance to check them out at Open Run Days or Long Training. However, running a half marathon down the streets that were cleared up just for you – that is a different story.
This is part of the Ukrainian Majors Running League
Ukrainian Majors Running League includes races throughout Ukraine, so it would be strange if the former capital of Ukraine was not on its list. Only if you run all the races – including races in Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa and Zaporizhzhia – you will get a League finisher’s medal. It is worth running a half marathon in Kharkiv, isn’t it?
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