DAY ONE OF EASTERN ECONOMIC FORUM BEGINS WITH CHARITY RUN IN AID OF SIBERIAN TIGER AND AMUR LEOPARD
02 September 2016
The run in aid of these quintessentially Russian animals was opened by Sergei Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport.
Ivanov wished the participants an enjoyable run, and thanked everyone for their concern with saving rare animal species. The opening ceremony of the run was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev and Presidential Aide, Head of the Presidential Control Directorate and Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Amur Tiger Centre Konstantin Chuichenko.
Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of the Russian President, ran the five-kilometre distance.
“It’s been brilliant, amazing! Everyone who came out and ran today are winners, since they have pushed themselves to their limits and prepared well for the Forum,” he said after finishing.
Peskov also noted the importance of such initiatives, as they unite people and draw public attention to environmental issues.
The charity run raised around RUB 1 million. All this money will go towards implementing environmental protection measures in Russian national parks.
“Although there are fewer leopards, their number is growing at a fair pace. We do not prioritize helping one species over another. The leopards and tigers alike require our support, protection, and efforts,” said Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
Roman Korneev and Alina Kuydina were the winners of the one-kilometre run, while Alexei Lopatin and Natalia Vlasova came first on the five-kilometre track. Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov awarded the winners with prizes.
“Of course, there are no losers in an event like this. But special mention should be given to the people who came first, who were especially agile, fast and energetic, just like the leopards we are protecting,” Ivanov said.
The award ceremony was also attended by Head of the Presidential Control Directorate and Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Amur Tiger Centre Konstantin Chuichenko, and two-time Olympic medallist in speed skating Ivan Skobrev.