Muscovites strive for success on the slopes

Some 17,000 skiers from about 20 Russian regions have gathered in the city of Khimki, just outside Moscow, to take part in one of the country’s biggest ski marathons.

­The annual cross-country event, Moscow Ski Track, attracts not only serious competitors, but many who simply have a passion for the winter sport. All you need to join in the fun is a pair of skis and a health certificate.

This year the competitions are dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight.

Participants have the chance to try their skills in three distance categories: 40km, 10km and for children – 5km.

All who finish a race will get certificates and souvenir hats.  The winners will be awarded with diplomas and valuable gifts.

See more ski marathon photos in RT’s gallery.