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.
‘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!’
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.
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.
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:
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.
Medical Certificate Requirements
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).