The 42th Murmansk ski marathon took place in the “Dolina Uyuta” earlier this week. This year's Polar ski race is included in a series of international marathons «Euroloppet» and program of Russian Cup marathons «Russialoppet». The traditional 50-kilometer race was attended by 1,089 skiers, including representatives of various regions of the country, fans of skiing from Belarus and Germany. This year, for the first time in the festival program “March of kids” was included. Before the official start of the race, Murmansk preschoolers could feel themselves as full participants of the ski marathon, passing the 200-meter distance "outside the competitive program ", accompanied by Olympic champion Anna Bogaly. The ski race was attended by Alexey Petukhov - a member of the national team of Russia, world champion, Olympic bronze medalist in Vancouver (2010), World Champion (2013), World Championship silver medalist in 2015 and Sergey Davidovich - Olympian in Sochi. After starting the ski marathon Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun met with athletes, coaches and adaptive sports' experts. Murmansk children and youth sport adaptive school is the only institution of such a profile in the Northwest region. For the last 8 years they have been preparing athletes for nine kinds of sports. Director of Sports School № 15 Irina Gorokhova told that today 271 children with disabilities are engaged in the establishment. There are 9 "universal" coaches working with the kids. The curriculum is constantly being improved; it focuses on the discovery of new directions. So, it is planned to open an office of game bocce, branch of equestrian sport. In 2015, a student of the school Ekaterina Moshkovskaya for the first time in the history of the Murmansk region became part of the Russian national team in cross country skiing and biathlon. Kate admitted that at the beginning of her sport way she hided her health problems and like many of people with disabilities she was ashamed of it. The Murmansk region is home for 33,000 people with "special needs". And their involvement in sports is, first of all, one of the steps to adapt them to the public. Ekaterina Moshkovskaya expressed her wish that the next year competitions in adaptive sports should be included in the program of the festivities. The Governor of the region Marina Kovtun supported the idea. Marina Kovtun gave instructions to the Chairman of the Committee for Physical Culture and Sports Svetlana Naumova to develop proposals on setting up a branch of adaptive sports on a base of Sports Training Center within a month. "Talking about adaptive sports, it is, in my opinion, is more than just a sport. Those capabilities which are referred as "limited" may prove that there is nothing impossible in the world. And that is no such thing as a "limited capabilities”. We are all equal, " Marina Kovtun said in a conversation.

Posted by: 31 March 2015