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UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour: Russia ready for more in 2019 after Kostroma finale

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With a spectacular finale in Kostroma, Russia has completed its circuit of the 2018 UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour and declared an ambition to repeat the success next season.

The fifth leg of the 2018 GLRCT in Russia gathered 450 participants aged from 9 to 67 from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova. The tournament in Peace Square was held at a high level and all participants received certificates with the winners and medallists presented with international diplomas and medals.

“I am pleased to state that all Russian competitions within the Global Laser Run City Tour proved to be very successful,” said Viacheslav Aminov, President of the Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation.

“They were attended by about two thousand athletes from 7 to 75 years old, but most participants in the competition were young athletes. I know that some of them, along with their parents, travelled around the country to perform in several editions, as did, for example, Maria Ol'shanskaya from Samara, who performed – and won! – in four editions: in Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Kostroma.

“Summing up this series of events, I can state with certainty: Russia has accepted and fallen in love with Laser Run.

“It is not a coincidence that all the regions that hosted stages of the Global Laser Run City Tour in 2018 expressed a desire to hold it in 2019, when we have other interested cities too, including the Chuvashia and Kaluga regions.

“The benefits of these tournaments for the regions and for the Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation in general is very high. With a relatively simple organization, they contribute to a healthy lifestyle, productive leisure and a positive attitude to life. They promote our Federation and popularize our sport.

“I want to thank all the organizers of the 2018 UIPM Global Laser Run City Tours in Russia for their professionalism, love for our sport and enthusiasm. I believe that next year we will hold these competitions at the same high organizational and sports level.”

The UIPM Global Laser Run City Tour was created in 2017 to deliver an exciting, dynamic and fun competition to participants of all ages and offer them an entry point to UIPM Sports.

The Global LRCT took place in parks, stadiums and iconic urban venues in 60 cities around the world in 2017, with more than 15,000 participants. There are about 100 events scheduled in 2018.

Laser Run is a development sport of UIPM but aspiring athletes of all ages also have the chance to compete for global titles at the UIPM Laser Run World Championships, the fourth edition of which took place in September 2018 in Dublin (IRL).

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