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HSE to Hold its First Fun Run

Run √25, the first fun run organized by HSE, will take place on May 28 at Gorky Park. Our University is now 25 years old, and we’ll run 5 km together to celebrate this anniversary (or rather, our ‘anti-versary’) - along Pushkinskaya Naberezhnaya and Andreevskaya Naberezhnaya, from the Green Theatre to Luzhnetsky Bridge, and back again. Think of it as running from the darkness of ignorance, unbelievable stupidity, and bad grades as fast as we can!

Participation is free. Anyone aged 14 years and older is welcome to take part.

Unlike in marathons, you do not need to present a medical certificate to take part, but we hope you will assess your health and ability rationally prior to the run.

Starter kits will be available in advance at the HSE building at 18 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, 5th floor, right wing (at the HSE Office of Public Relations):

  • on May 25th and 26th, from 10am to 8pm;
  • on May 27th, from 12pm to 6pm.

To obtain a starter kit, participants need to:

  • Show ID confirming their identity and age;
  • Show a letter of consent from a parent/guardian, with a copy of the parent/guardian’s passport (for anyone under 18);
  • Complete and sign the registration form (which can be printed out and completed in advance); this form is available at the event website.

If you are not able to get a starter kit in advance, you will be able to get one on the day of the event after showing your ID and completing the form.

But we strongly recommend that all runners get starter kits in advance – that’ll leave you more time for warming up on the day of the event J.

The start area will be located in Gorky Park, on Pushkinskaya Naberezhnaya, near Stas Namin Theatre, and opens on May 28 at 10am.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers via email at elenavelikaya@hse.ru or by phone 8 (495) 772-95-90, ext.12542. 

HSE runners – Who? How? Why?

Anna Gordeeva,  3rd-year student, Faculty of Economic Sciences

‘Running makes my life more dynamic, clears my mind, and sets the right pace. If I feel a little bit down in the afternoon, I have my go-to proven remedy – a 40-minute run, and my bad mood vanishes. Endorphins work better than chocolate!’


Oxana Akhmedova, Graduate, HSE Faculty of Law

‘Running is my creativity, my way to understand the world, to express myself. Some people paint, others dance, and I run. When I start a training session, I get dump my office outfit, put on my running shoes, and feel like an athlete. I have a goal, a coach, and together we work to achieve something that I couldn’t do a year or half a year ago. Today I know that I can run 42 km or 86 km, there aren’t that many people on the planet who can say the same, and that is something I’m proud of’.

Dmitry Ignatov, Associate Professor, HSE Faculty of Computer Science

‘I’ve been running as an amateur since I was 13 or 14. Recently, two or three years ago, I decided to support my friend who was training for a marathon, and switched from short distances of 5-7 km to longer ones, and ran several half-marathons.

It seems that running is a very popular activity these days. In the late 1990s, you had to run wearing canvas shoes and using a stopwatch, but today, there are professional running shoes for different surfaces and seasons, as well as smart devices with GPS navigation to help you log your exercises, coach applications, special sports foods, and many other things. If you are a researcher and a lecturer, of course, you need to look after your health, regularly spend time outdoors and keep active, and that’s why running is a great choice. It can be always added on by something else, like cycling and swimming in summer, or skiing and skating in winter.’

Maria Yudkevich, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economic Sciences

‘Running is the only type of human movement on earth that involves a phase of flight. And everyone who runs knows what that feeling – as if you’re flying - is like, whatever their speed, age or research interests. Running, whether alone or in great company, whether barefoot or in high-end running shoes, with or without gadgets, is flying’.