Коли не спиться - "Night Marathon-Fest"

When not sleeping - "Night Marathon-Fest"

Once again searching among announcements of Ukrainian races something new and interesting by accident came across a night marathonNight Marathon-Fest“, held in the city of Vyshgorod, Kyiv region. Back in 2017, I first learned about what happens "night" marathons, but I didn't have to get into this race. I was very interested in this marathon because I wanted to take part in something unusual and new as opposed to traditional events.

Without thinking for a long time, he immediately decided to register for the "Night Marathon-Fest", and at the same time bought their branded T-shirt. On Saturday evening, having gathered all the necessary running equipment for a backpack and went to the metro station "Heroes of the Dnieper", where participants were waiting for a beautiful yellow minibus, prepared by the organizers of the race for participants from Kyiv and was to take me to Vyshgorod.

Having received his participant number “Night Marathon-Fest” “2125” and changing his clothes. And since there was still a long time to start, it was a sin not to admire the beauty of this beautiful place and take memorable photographs. For me, any race is a great opportunity for new interesting acquaintances with the same fans of running. Wandering the waterfront, I met Alexander Rekola, an avid runner who also came to participate in the marathon. The new acquaintance turned out to be such an interesting interlocutor that I did not notice how quickly the hour had passed.

"Night Marathon-Fest" is an unforgettable event where you can meet beginners and celebrities
runners, take part in a unique night marathon, get distracted by the enchanting
music show, taste the most delicious street food and the best craft beers, as well as meet the dawn of the dawn over the Kiev Sea in an atmosphere of celebration and noisy fun.

The race track itself took place near the Kyiv Reservoir. Starting place of the race "Night Marathon-Fest” was organized right on the waterfront, where participants could register, get start numbers and leave their belongings in storage rooms. A stage was placed near the launch pad. But unfortunately I was not very lucky with the weather that night.

The start of the race was given exactly at 00:00. At midnight, all participants started at once - and those who did ran a half marathon, and those who marathon as well as relay participants. The path of the route ran in circles - the length of the full circle was 4.2 kilometers. Participants of the half marathon had to run 5 such laps (21 kilometers), and those who ran full marathon - 10 laps (42 kilometers). The route itself was flat, but only one thing was stressful - turns.

I do not like to run in a circle, but despite this, the race became very interesting and unusual: this is the route showed the shortcomings of my marathon preparations. I never followed any special programs - just running in a normal and comfortable rhythm. But overtaking the girl in bright red leggings, I noticed that she follows a special tactic. The rhythm of her steps depended on her pulse - the girl constantly monitored her heart rate using a heart rate monitor.

In the last circle of forces I was almost gone, and the same girl, by contrast, became easy to gain pace. This participant with her red leggings sat in my memory for a long time - I could not catch up with her despite my efforts. So I decided to also buy myself a heart rate monitor and learn how to run properly, focusing on my heart rate - a girl in leggings showed me clearly what good results can be obtained.

Reaching the finish line "Night Marathon-Fest", I received a medal of the participant. He took his backpack from the storage room and began to watch the other participants finish. There I met my new acquaintance and we rested together from the race, talking about running, until it was time to go to the bus stop and go home.