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How to Prepare for HSE’s Main Race

Medical check-up, training sessions, and proper gear

5 km to the Deadline Race

HSE University will once again host a 5K race in Gorky Park as part of HSE Day. This year, it is called the HSE Heartbeat Race. Below is information on how to take part and why it is important to ‘put your finger on the pulse’ before the competition.

The race starts at 2 PM on the Puhkinskaya Riverfront (Pushkinskaya Naberezhnaya). The race route will span from the Green Theatre to Luzhnetsky Most (Luzhnetsky Bridge). The event’s partner is adidas.

This is the third official race organized by HSE University. For the first time, HSE University ran in 2017 in honor of its 25th anniversary (Run√25), and last year, participants ran in HSE’s 5 km to the Deadline race—deadlines, after all, make students and professors alike spring into action!

Running is inherent to extracurricular life at international universities. Countless universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Cambridge, annually test their strength, speed and stamina in 5K and 10K runs.

HSE University is no exception. This year, we’ve joined the international running club, adidas Runners Moscow. They organize regular training sessions and races, where HSE students and staff participate. Check out their schedule, which is available on their website.

Maria M. Yudkevich

HSE Vice Rector, runner in the 2017 race

‘As you probably know, HSE University is striving to make it to the top of the global rankings, to outrun all the other universities. If we ran every day at the speed you ran today, we would have outrun Stanford, Harvard, and everyone else a long time ago. So, let’s not lose speed!’

How to Take Part

  1. Register on the race website by September 3
  2. Get a medical certificate that complies with the requirements (see below)
  3. Get a starter pack (a runner number and branded t-shirt)

Anyone over 14 can register. If you are 14 to 18 years old, we’ll need you to submit a passport copy and letter of consent from your parent/legal guardian.

Starter packs will be distributed at the adidas shop located at 23 Krasnaya Presnya Ulitsa, building 1A, on September 3, from 4 PM to 8 PM, and September 4, from noon to 8 PM.

To get a starter pack, provide your ID, fill out the questionnaire, and provide a medical certificate as well as (if you are under 18) a letter of consent.

If you can’t get the starter package beforehand, you will be able to receive one on the day of the event, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, at the start area near the Green Theatre. However, we highly recommend not postponing this to the day of the event.

How to Prepare

The name ‘HSE Heartbeat Race’ was not chosen by chance. It not only conveys the idea of the event (team building, synergy and introducing university traditions), but also emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Since running is a strenuous activity that activates your entire body,  all participants must visit a doctor before the competition to get their heart and lungs checked and receive a medical certificate.

Running is not recommended if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Myopia, glaucoma
  • Exacerbation of a chronic disease
  • Fever
  • Joints diseases
  • Respiratory system diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases

Before the race, a professional coach will lead a warm-up for all runners. Don’t forget to track your pulse while running. Pulse ranges are individual, but there is one universal rule: your heart rate while running should not exceed the number you get when you subtract your age from 220.

At the finish, each runner will get a bottle of water. We recommend having a good breakfast, but not earlier than two hours before the start, and treating yourself to something delicious and nutritious after the race.

There’s only one week left until the run, but try to spend it with regular outdoor runs and training sessions. The ideal schedule is 30-40 minutes four times a week.

And don’t forget about sports gear: comfortable, sturdy running shoes  and weather-appropriate clothes.

Good luck!

Medical Certificate Requirements

  1. The certificate must be issued by a licensed medical institution;
  2. The certificate should include the clinic’s seal, the doctor’s signature and seal, date of issue, and the participant’s name and surname;
  3. The certificate should certify that the participant is physically able to participate in a run that is 5K or more (i.e., that you have no conditions that put you at risk of injury). A certificate attesting that the patient ‘is allowed to enter mass competitions’ is also acceptable.
  4. The certificate should be issued no earlier than March 5, 2019. The certificate is valid for six months after the issue date, if not otherwise specified;
  5. Participants must submit a medical certificate in order to receive a starter pack. Note that you will not receive your certificate back after the race. Copies are accepted only from those participants who bring and show the original.
  6. The following papers are notaccepted as medical certificates: a medical record summary; your medical records; a certificate of medical permission to PT classes; a certificate granting medical permission to go to a swimming pool.

Here you can find a list of recommended medical centres, as well as recommended wordings for medical certificates (in Russian) (Every participant, including those under 18, is required to present a medical certificate).

Author: Yulia Giatsintova, August 28, 2019