Run a marathon at the main race of Moscow

The biggest running event in center of Russia
Fanos Tekle
What is in the program?

Every year, in September, Moscow becomes a city for running! On the day of the Moscow Marathon, they close the center of the capital city (Moscow) for the runners. And thousands of people, supporters and fans go out to support and cheer up the runners. There are many ways to become part of the largest running event in Russia: become a volunteer, to support the runners on the track, run the satellite race for 10 km, or to get the spotlight and run a marathon.

Discover Moscow in a new role - finish the marathon on September 22. Preparing for this goal assumes that you have already ran a half-marathon, if not - go through one of those programs first. The Moscow Marathon is a great running dream that you can make come true already this season with the I Love Running team.

About start
Moscow Marathon

Don’t miss the chance to take part in the largest running event in Russia. Absolute Moscow Marathon offers a unique opportunity to run 42.2 km and 10 km through the very heart of city. Join us to run an incredible road race and discover breathtaking views of Moscow on the run.

Support during the race

Traditionally, the I Love Running team organizes support zones at every kilometer of the distance! Posters, chants and smiles will give you strength on all 42.2 km of the way. You will feel that the team is always there, and this is important when moving towards the goal.

Certified track

The Moscow Marathon is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Runs (AIMS). Routes 42.2 km and 10 km are certified by a reputable international organization this year.

Qualification race

Moscow Marathon became the qualifying round of the new World Marathon Championships. The list of qualifying races includes six marathons included in the Abbott World Marathon Majors series, as well as several dozens of other major world marathons.

Features of the marathon program
Periodization of trainings

To run a half marathon, it is necessary to master the technique and develop endurance. To run a marathon, in addition, you need to: strengthen your muscles, adapt your body to different types of load, increase speed successfully, competently bring the athlete to start in better shape. Therefore, we divide the training into four stages and prepare for at least six months.

Individual race plan

Based on the entire training cycle, the results on the events and your physical condition, the trainer will form an optimal plan for the race that will allow you to overcome the marathon with the best time for you.

Five thousand marathon graduates

We trained and prepared over 5 000 marathon finishers — more than any other endurance sports school for adults. Our graduates ran all the major world marathons: New York, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Boston, Chicago. After they have finished the marathon, we continue to prepare them for new achievements in running and other sports.

Training plan

Retractable stageSumming the body to perform a large amount of work. Maximum attention is paid to the technique of running and the correct implementation of running exercises. Training is conducted to increase stamina.

Stage of mountain/hill strength trainingThe development of leg muscle strength and endurance strength. Use of running on hills both in cross running and in running on segments.

Speed-power stageGradual increase in the volume of cross-country running, conducting circuit training to maintain and develop strength. Conducting a control start to monitor the development of the student and make adjustments to the training plan.

Preparation for raceLong runs, rhythmic runs, and uphill runs. Maximum attention to stretching, S&C, and recovery.

September, 22

Final eventMoscow marathon

Start of the program

Sports City
Fanos Tekle


2 months
Two trainings per week
Two full time trainings with our coach and a team
At home training plan
Tasks for gaining volume and strengthening muscles
New acquaintances and like-minded people
Support from our coordinator, the ability to train in any of our 54 branches
Starting bag
A bag, a t-shirt, motivational card, discounts from many of our partners
Support at the event and during the race
We solve issues on the spot, we hold a pasta-party and a final party
Run a marathon at the main race of Moscow
The biggest running event in center of Russia
6 months of training
2 trainings per week
At home training plan
A supportive team and new acquaintances
Starting bag
Staff support
Support at the event and during the race
An unforgettable feeling at the finish
Medical support
We do all that we can so that the learning/trainings go smoothly without injuries. But rest assured that you will have someone to ask with any health problem or question.
  • Diagnosis of the musculoskeletal system
  • Video lecture and personal recommendations
  • Nutrition tips/advice
  • Registration to the specialist if necessary
Alena Buzueva

It’s very hard to describe but it was exciting, emotional and definitely unforgettable.
When I sat the day before and looked at the route, knowing Moscow pretty well, I’ve realised how long 10k actually is
That’s definitely a great goal to reach! Still can’t believe that I ran alongside 35000 people
Speaking of training my goal was to do it in one hour or less… and I made it. Running during summer in Dubai was challenging but treadmill sessions with Supersport team helped me a lot! Thanks to my coach who brought me to this amazing result of sub hour.
Guys, set goals, get inspiration from your coach and train. It is worth to reach your desired goal

Vera Torotenkova

We decided to choose travelling by car in our first journey to Salalah. We left for Salalah at 4.30 am because of long way. The way of 1200 km took at about 12 hours and 1,5 hours we spent on Al Ain Border Post. There was so many people who want to spent holidays in Oman. For the most part the road was boring and uninteresting. During 800 kilometers landscape was not change. There was sand around us, without any plants, hills..

Over the past 300 kilometers, the outside temperature decreased from 47 to 23 degrees!
Salalah met us with dense fog, low clouds and humidity at about 100%. Our way to the point Jabal Samhan for overnight stay was a really exciting adventure. There were cows, camels and donkeys from fog on our way. Tents set by the light of flashlights. There was amazing view in the morning! It seems like in high mountains becouse of clauds staing under your feet. It was amazing!

Next points was Taiq Sinkhole и Tawi Atayr Sinkhole. Tawi Atayr Sinkhole is very impressive limestone formation with it own flora and fauna. Depth of Sinkhole is 211 m! View point was blocked by fog and we decided to go down the trail as far as possible. Wow! There was so many plants like in jungle. Birds add special feel to this unusual place – such amount of singing birds is not usual in Oman!
Near the point Sahalnaiot we had a picnic.
In the next few days we visited Wadi Darbat - beautiful waterfall and lake from which waterfall started. We swam in the waterfall and had a great time!

A few words about Khareef season. Khareef is a period of seasonal weather from June till September. It causes the lands to become covered in green, the hills to be surrounded by fog and light rain. We were excited by Al Mughsayl Beach and Al Fazayah Beach. I’ve never seen before such huge waves. The best time to visit “Blow holes” is Khareef season. Tourists names “Blow holes” like fountains or geysers. In fact it works only with huge waves when the water under pressure goes up through the holes in stones. Near the “Blow holes” there you can see Marneef Cave. In fact it’s not a cave but a beautiful large spaces in stones.
If you want to be alone and see unforgettable views you need to visit Al Fazayah Beach. It was really breathtaking views

Salalah Half Marathon

Mostly it was a great race. But without Salalah perfect weather I think it will not be so!
We were so happy about the weather in Salalah after Dubai heat! +23, cloudy, cool breeze Humidity was at about 90% but we didn’t pay attention to this. We felt very good
The place of start and expo was in Khareef Festival Area. We arrived there an hour before the start of the briefing. First impression was that park isn’t used for many years, old attractions, nobody walks, no lovely atmosphere..

We didn’t immediately find the start arch because it was so small The Expo was represented by one small tent. Race pack with bib number and timing chip we collected at another small tent. We understood why an event organization is so homely because of number of start packs. It was 130 runners
At 3 pm there was race briefing. We was informed about running route, aid stations etc.
Our warm up consisted of jogging, 5 especial running exercises and stretching. So, we are ready to start!

Start was at 3.30 pm. Any roads was not overlapped. We ran along the main road surrounded by palm trees, benches and slowly walking locals. There was policemen at places where runners need to cross highway. During the race runners was supported by volunteers on the bikes. They pointed out where to run, asked about health and cheered up us! It was so lovely
Locals also cheered up us by applause. From the passing cars we heard greetings and cheers. Aid stations was at every 2,5 kilometer. For me it’s enough.
The only thing that upsets me was the lack of any drinking liquid on the one of aid stations on the way back. Volunteers said that all drinks was finished. Everything was worsened by the fact that when I saw an aid station, I ate the gel and hoped to drink some water. It was terrible to hear that the water was over! I took two ice sponges, made some ice shower and started move to the next aid station..All my thoughts at the moment about event organizers was not pleasant. At the last aid station I drank some water. It made me little bit stronger and I started to move faster. At the last kilometer I heard greetings of my friends and it helped me to overtake one runner! Friend’s supporting is very important! On the finish line one of volunteers gave me a beautiful medal and another one took timing chip from my leg. The race finished with personal best 2:18:41. I’m so happy!
It was my first experience to jump in the ice pool after race!

We took our T-shirts, visited barbecue area, tried to find some fruits but there was only hamburgers. I don’t know why but I didn’t want to try some food there.In the evening we spent some time in very nice restaurant.

P.S. If you need to escape from Dubai heat Salalah is the perfect choice! But for large-scale sport events lovers Salalah Half Marathon is not a good idea.

  • How long is one training session?

    In groups training for a marathon, the duration of training sessions is about 2 hours.

  • What does my current level of running have to be to prepare for a marathon?

    We recommend to start preparing for a marathon after you have completed a half marathon.

  • What happens if I miss a training session?

    One or two missed sessions is not critical. We will send you a task for independent training. But if you are traveling to another city where one of our branches are located at, then you can train there.

  • How will I find a group on the first training?

    We will send you detailed instructions and a phone number of our coordinator from the Headquarters to you by email.

  • Is the payment for the race registration included in the cost?

    No, you have to buy the slot by yourself through the website.

  • Could I go through medical examination before the course begins? Or is it better if I do it after?

    You can ask all the questions to the doctor at the presentation of the program. It is better to go for an examination after two or three weeks of training, in order to see how the body reacts to the load.

Run a marathon at the main race of Moscow
The biggest running event in center of Russia
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