Running clubs set up to unite Moscow's joggers
In order to change people's attitude towards the sport, sportswear firm Nike has opened ten running clubs in Moscow's parks, where aspiring athletes can get a professional opinion and some sage advice.
“When you run on asphalt or in a park, there is a big risk of getting injured. But we can recommend to our runners some special shoes and give a few tips about their technique,” jogging instructor Dmitry Fesenko said.
The foundation is trying to prove that running can be easy and exciting for everyone – from the very young to Olympic medalists.
“Of course, I do most of my training indoors. But I enjoy running in parks as well. There is a very special atmosphere there, and it is easier to breathe,” two-time Olympic medalist Natalya Nazarova said.
Moscow may have some of the world's most pollution-choked streets, but now there is a better chance of getting some fresh air and putting your feet to work.