On August 4 and 5, a large-scale sports fes­ti­val IRONSTAR NIZHNY NOVGOROD 2023 took place in Nizh­ny Nov­gorod. The fes­ti­val brought togeth­er 2,000 par­tic­i­pants from 58 regions of Rus­sia. The event includ­ed wom­en’s and chil­dren’s races, open water swims and triathlon races at dis­tances of 113 km and OLYMPIC.

The hol­i­day start­ed with open water swims SWIMSTAR at dis­tances of 1 and 2 nau­ti­cal miles, the par­tic­i­pants cov­ered 1,852 km and 3,704 km, respec­tive­ly, in the waters of the Row­ing Canal. Also on Fri­day there was a STARKIDS chil­dren’s race. Young ath­letes were treat­ed to 500 m and 1000 m dis­tances, and at the fin­ish line they received real medals and gifts from their part­ners. The end of the first day of the fes­ti­val was the IRONLADY wom­en’s race, dur­ing which the par­tic­i­pants ran 5 km along the embank­ment of the Row­ing Canal, at the end of the race each lady received flow­ers and a com­mem­o­ra­tive medal.

On the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion, the par­tic­i­pants of the “half-iron” dis­tance – 113 km – and the OLYMPIC dis­tance test­ed their strength. Over a dis­tance of 113 km, the triath­letes had a 1.93 km swim­ming leg, a 90 km cycling leg and 21.1 km run­ning. And the par­tic­i­pants in the Olympic dis­tance com­pe­ti­tion cov­ered 1.5 km of swim­ming, 40 km of cycling and 10 km of run­ning.

The swim­ming stage of both dis­tances took place in the waters of the Greb­noy Canal, the cycling race took place along the cen­tral streets of the city past the walls of the Nizh­ny Nov­gorod Krem­lin, along the embank­ment of the Vol­ga Riv­er and the main attrac­tions of the city, and the run­ning stage end­ed on the embank­ment of the Greb­noy Canal.

“A new star has lit up on the IRONSTAR map: Nizh­ny Nov­gorod greet­ed our fes­ti­val with bright sun­shine and hot weath­er. This added com­plex­i­ty to the race, but our par­tic­i­pants are peo­ple who came to over­come them­selves. Novice ama­teurs and the strongest ath­letes from all over the coun­try com­pet­ed in swims, races and triathlons. The races were spec­tac­u­lar, also thanks to the beau­ty of the city that sur­round­ed the ath­letes through­out all dis­tances. We are glad to dis­cov­er Nizh­ny Nov­gorod for our­selves and our par­tic­i­pants and look for­ward to meet­ing again next year!” — shared IRONSTAR Gen­er­al Direc­tor Vladimir Sheikin.