The start took place within the framework of the Russian Fitness Fair (a large-scale fitness convention), and became a real gem of the event.
After the swimming stage, which started from board of a ship, participants turned to bicycles, and then to running. The race turned out to be dynamic and spectacular due to the short distance and the permission of drafting (a technique of group movement, in which the next participant of the group moves closely behind the leader, thereby reducing his own energy loss to overcome the air resistance).
The competition was attended by about 1,000 athletes from Russia, CIS countries, as well as Germany, the UK, Latvia, Japan, and Australia.
The men's start consisted of two stages: qualification and final, whereas women and relay teams participated went straight to the final. In addition, the competition included the corporate team race.
Andrei Kavun, IRONSTAR CEO:
“We were lucky with the weather. It was a very creative idea to deliver the participants to the opposite bank by steamboat. The event turned out very emotional. The Pavshinsky footbridge was filled with people watching the swimming stage of the competition. So far, we have got only positive feedback about the track and the venue.
Visitors to Crocus City and Russian Fitness Fair today very enthusiastically supported athletes. So, most likely, the next year, these competitions will also be held in Crocus.”
After men’s qualifying starts, 50 best athletes were identified who continued the fight in the final. The absolute winner of the race was Dmitry Rostyagayev (55:03), Eugeny Rulevsky got the second place(55:38), and Denis Krestin finished third (56:09).
Dmitry Rostyagaev, the winner in the overall classification among men:
“At the first race, I tried to save as much power as possible for the final. I was familiar with all the major rivals, so I had a clear idea who my rivals were. In the final, there were strong guys, so I had to solve even tactical issues to keep enough strength to compete.”
Polina Razbitskaja (01:03:27) became the absolute winner among women. "Silver" was won by Inna Tutukina (01:03:28), and "bronze" by Alexandra Bogatkova (01:05:17).
Polina Razbitskaja, the winner in the overall classification among women:
“It was a very serious race for me, there was severe competition. The fight went on to the last second. I came to the competition with the mood to show a decent result, it turned out even better than I expected. I still do not believe my happiness.”
All results can be found at www.iron-star.com/live
The award ceremony took place at the grand closing of the Russian Fitness Fair at the Yacht Club at the Shore House restaurant, with the stars of sport and show business. The guests stars who performed at the ceremony were Emin Agalarov, Dino MC, Victoria Daineko, and Mitya Fomin.