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Sport and Charity Become One at SPIEF 2019

23 April 2019
Спорт и благотворительность объединяют на ПМЭФ-2019

Acting Governor of the Kursk Region Roman Starovoit will lead the region’s delegation to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2019). The Forum will take place in St. Petersburg on 6–8 June 2019 under the main theme of Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda.

Roman Starovoit also plans to join the Roscongress SPIEF Race. The Roscongress Foundation and World Class, Russia’s largest gym chain, organize the race. The first SPIEF Race was held in 2016. About 300 people participated that year.

“I look forward to being a part of and joining such a large-scale sporting event as Roscongress SPIEF Race. As far as the participants, the place and the format, it is a fine and unique initiative. I sincerely support the Foundation in this project. For me, participation in the race is a continuation of a heart-warming tradition that we are also actively keeping up in the Kursk Region. We have the ‘Kursk Runs. You Run’ project through which we promote sports, a healthy lifestyle and philanthropy. I believe that together with as many people as possible, both in deed and word, we can achieve better results. Everyone is important because the positive changes first occur within ourselves and then spread beyond. A sport like nothing else encourages it, builds endurance, and in our case, also a team spirit, when the race is not just for strong body and soul, but for a meaningful purpose! The Roscongress Foundation's particular attention to philanthropy and organization of such events are particularly gratifying, and we are excited to step in,” said Roman Starovoit, Acting Governor of the Kursk Region.

‘Kursk Runs. You Run’ ( is a charity project of the Kursk Region for those into sports and helping children. It is a way to directly support families in hardships: multi-child households, fire victims, single mothers, disabled children and children in need of expensive medical treatment. Anyone can participate in a race by donating 100 roubles or more to the account of The World of Childhood regional charity Marathon.