For the third year in a row, the Foundation is proud to announce that hundreds of children will once again be able to run for free at the Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation Youth Race, enjoying the pleasure of participating in the OPAP Marathon of Limassol GSO, the largest sporting event in Cyprus. Eight-hundred children between the ages of 6 and 16 will be timed electronically during the race, and they will receive a t-shirt, a participation medal and a diploma, all free of charge.
The Youth Race will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 and will also give an additional 18 awards to all boys and girls who will hold the top three positions in all three age categories (6-9, 10-13, 14-16) as well as gift vouchers with the Foundation logo to be redeemed at big toy stores across the island. Just like last year, children aged 6-9 years will run at 500 meters, children who are 10-13 years old at 1,000 meters and children aged 14-16 years old at 1,500 meters.
Although participation is free, registration is required via www.limassolmarathon.com with the consent of a parent or guardian. Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation Youth Race, which is held under the auspices of First Lady Andri Anastasiadis, seeks to actively promote a healthy lifestyle amongst all youngsters living in Cyprus through the simple act of running.
Founder Andrey Dashin commented:
“The reason behind our sponsorship of the Youth Race is multifaceted. We don’t only want to ensure that all children living on the island will have equal opportunities to participate in the biggest sporting event in Cyprus but to also encourage them to run for fun, to run for their health, to run instead of staying indoors glued to their screens and most importantly to run because running does not only build a strong body but also a strong mind. To give back to the community in such a way is therefore of immense importance”.
Spyros Spyrou, Director of the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO, thanked the Foundation by commenting on the following:
“The biggest challenge for our event is to achieve growth through the creation of new runners. The Youth Race of the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO, is at the core of our development program, as it is the first step for a youngster towards the world of running. Having Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation by our side is of great importance, and we thank them for that.”