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Metalloinvest railway employees take part in Moscow charity race

9 August 2017

Ten railway department employees from Lebedinsky GOK and Mikhailovsky GOK (part of Metalloinvest) took part in the second 'Achieving Your Goal' charity race, celebrating Railway Workers' Day. The race took place on 6 August in Moscow's Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Life Line charitable foundation, which provides support to seriously ill children.

This year, around 10,000 people from several Russian towns and cities gathered in Moscow to take part in the charity race. Experience ranged from amateur beginners to professionals. 500-metre, 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre races were organised for participants from a variety of age groups. An individual 1520-metre time trial was also arranged; 1520 metres is a particularly appropriate length for railway workers, symbolising the 1520-millimetre width of tracing ruts of trunk railways.

Two Metalloinvest employees finished the race as prize-winners: Viktor Rodenko, rolling stock repair mechanic at the railway transport department of Mikhailovsky GOK, won the 5-kilometre race for 60-69 year olds; and Sergei Grigorev, a track serviceman from the railway transport department at Lebedinsky GOK, finished second in his age category (ages 50-59).

Metalloinvest railway employees take part in Moscow charity race

Viktor Rodenko, a five-time Russian champion and a six-time roller ski cup winner is confident that the secret to his success lies in serious preparation and exacting training.

The Mikhailovsky GOK railway department employee commented: "This competition has not only given me the gift of victory, but also allowed me to enjoy many wonderful moments. I have been incredibly impressed by the competition's high level of organisation, the excellent track, which hosts international meets, and the sheer number of people involved in the races. When I was able to turn around during the race for a split second, I was amazed by how many athletes were running to the finish line behind me. I was filled with incomparable emotions, such as how honoured we Metalloinvest employees were to be representing our company on such a prestigious stage."

Runners who finished in first, second or third position in each category won certificates and prize. All those who finished their race were awarded a commemorative medal.

The second 'Achieving Your Goal' competition raised over 5 million roubles for the Life Line charitable foundation (each race participant contributed from 500-1,000 roubles, depending on race length). This money will be enough to treat at least four seriously ill children, including 13-year-old Violetta Bogatyr from the Krasnodar region, who has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left femur. Around 3 million roubles of the funds raised by the competition will be allocated to the operation to provide Violetta with a prosthetic implant, which will be performed at the Blokhin Russian Oncology Research Centre. 

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