2,000 RUNNERS TOOK PART IN PLATOV RUNWAY

Two thousand people took part in Platov Runway, the Russia's first sporting event that was held on the airport runway.

The final stage of construction of the Platov airport is underway, and the number of those who wish to join the grand event in the history of civil aviation is daily growing. People are interested in all stages of construction of the first airport in contemporary Russia that is built from scratch – running fans from 32 Russian regions (Rostov, Moscow, Arkhangelsk, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod regions, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and other regions) gathered together at the closed facility. In addition to two thousand runners, the event was attended by one thousand fans.

Platov Runway stipulated traditional moments for civil aviation. For example, the race participants were accompanied from the start by the car with Follow me sign, which is used for escorting the landed aircraft. At the end of the race the participants were greeted with a water salute arranged using fire hoses. Jets of water formed a water arch in the sky above the platform, under which athletes ran. New airlines are welcomed in the same way in civil aviation. 

Sports surprises were also arranged for the visitors of Platov Runway. In particular, the warm-up for the athletes before the mass start was held by Varteres Samurgashev, the Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion and the ambassador of the World Football Cup, and Vlada Bobrovnikova, the Olympic handball champion.